The transition from winter to spring is one of the more important seasonal transitions in the year. Not only are you moving from freezing cold temperature to warmer, sunnier ones, you need to transition your carb-heavy comfort foods to lighter healthier options to get that beach body back on track. If you have no idea where to start, or even how to transition, keep reading for tips to try as the warmer weather gets closer every day.
The first tip depends on where you are living. Sometimes spring doesn't come until the middle of May, so keep following your intuition to keep eating your hearty soups and stews during the cold spells and once you start getting more consistent warm weather, start to transition to lighter green salads or a vegetable broth during the beginning days of summer. When you are creating your grocery list, make one list how you normally would for the winter and then make a second list for what you need to start buying now; any common foods between the two lists – keep them. This makes for great transitioning food and you aren't completely cutting yourself off from options you know you like.
Cook your spring vegetables like cabbage, green peppers mustard greens and collard greens. These spring veggies will get you ready for the beach in no time and is a delicious way to get more greens on your plate. Another good option is by using root vegetable tea like ginger. Turmeric and dandelion are good options to not only boost your immune system, but to also help you to transition to warmer weather. Spring is also a good time to go gluten and grain-free. These foods aren't traditionally harvested until fall so reducing your rice, grains, bread and pasta intake is a good first step.
At the end of the day, you know what is right for you and your body; if you want to eat spaghetti in June you are allowed to eat spaghetti in June. It is easier to keep active and get all of the shenanigans done that you want to get done if you aren't weighed down by a delicious Italian meal. Besides, sitting on the back deck eating a chopped salad and feeling the warm spring breeze on your face is the best feeling.