Spring is the perfect time to do some cleaning, and that includes your pantry. By getting rid of unhealthy foods and stocking up on nutritious options, you can set yourself up for a healthier, happier season. Here are five foods to toss for a healthier you, along with a recipe for a refreshing detox citrus juice to help you start fresh.
Get rid of those processed snacks like chips and cookies that are loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. Instead, stock up on whole-food snacks like nuts, seeds, and fresh fruits.
Refined grains like white bread, pasta, and rice are stripped of their fiber and nutrients. Opt for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain bread to keep you feeling full and energized.
Sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are packed with sugar and empty calories. Swap them out for water, herbal tea, or sparkling water with a splash of citrus juice for flavor.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and Sucralose are often found in diet sodas, yogurt, and other “low calorie” products. However, these sweeteners have been linked to a variety of health issues. Choose natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or dates instead.
Highly Processed Meats
Highly processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meat are often loaded with preservatives and unhealthy fats. Opt for lean proteins like chicken, fish, and beans instead (definitely lean into more plant-based options).
Detox Citrus Juice Recipe: Vit C Punch
- 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
- 2 grapefruits, peeled and segmented
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Juice the oranges and grapefruits in a juicer.
- Stir in the lemon juice and agave nectar.
- Pour the juice into a glass and enjoy this refreshing and detoxifying drink.
Don’t forget to share your progress and accomplishments on social media. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable and inspire others who may be going through a similar journey.
Here’s a fun and light-hearted caption to use on your next detox-related post (be sure to tag us: IG: @personalchef_upstateny, Twitter: Eatz@PB, and FB: @plantbasedeatz):
“I’m pretty sure kale is just a conspiracy created by the avocado industry to sell more toast, but I’m still going to eat it anyways. #SpringDetoxChallenge #DetoxingFromMyOwnLaziness”
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Let’s kick off this season with a clean slate! ~ Your Neighborhood Health Dealing Nutritionist & Chef ~ K