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Springtime is often a time to purge closets, reorganize items and give your house a thorough cleaning, but you should also use this time to re-evaluate what you eat on a regular basis.
“During the winter months, people have a tendency to indulge in comfort food and sometimes eating healthy can take a backseat,” said Sharon McNerney, a registered dietitian. “Healthy food options, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, are plentiful this time of the year, and you can find a wide variety of options at grocery stores and local farmers markets.”
McNerney offers the following tips to help you give eat healthier this season:
- Eat breakfast. This is often the meal that most people skip, but eating breakfast can not only help wake you up, it can also jumpstart your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. For an added bonus, McNerney recommends eating a breakfast naturally high in fiber, such as oatmeal, which will not only keep you feeling fuller longer, but also help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
- Indulge in fresh produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables can now be found almost everywhere you look, and you should take advantage of it. Choose in season produce items to get the most nutritional bang for your buck, such as strawberries, asparagus, peas and artichokes.
- Eat lean protein options. Lean protein options, such as seafood, offer a variety of great health benefits. McNerney recommends following the USDA’s advice and eating at least two servings of seafood each week to make sure you are not missing out on vital nutrients, such a heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, which is an antioxidant that protects cells in the body from damage.
- Snack on nuts. Nuts are a hearty and convenient snack, especially when at work or on the go. They are also filled with many nutrients that are good for your heart, such as unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.
- Ditch the soda. While sipping on an ice-cold soft drink can often be a staple of warm weather, these drinks are often high in calories and sugar. Instead, McNerney recommends sipping on ice tea, which often contains zero calories and sugar if left unsweetened.
Sources: USDA, WebMD, Mayo Clinic