Monday Morsel: 3 Steps to Spring Clean Your Diet in the Next 21 Days

It’s not too late to spring clean your diet. In this Monday Morsel, I’m sharing three easy steps to help clean up your diet over the next 21 days.

Summer Okra
The kids may be out of school and it’s legitimately hot outside, but technically we have 21 days of spring left (including today). Now is the perfect time to focus on renewing your health and wellness goals. To help you get started, I’m sharing three steps to spring clean your diet with ease.

Remove. 
Toss out anything that’s been tempting you. Half eaten tub of queso in the fridge or other unhealthy snacks hanging out? Get rid of it. Go through the pantry, fridge and freezer. Toss expired foods, things wrapped in foil without a label and anything that won’t help you eat healthier. Don’t be soft here. No second thoughts. Let it go.

Restock.
This is the fun part. Restock your fridge with all of the healthy foods you need to make it easy to eat cleaner. When shopping, your cart should be at least half produce so take some time in the produce department. Fresh berries and melons are especially delicious and inexpensive this time of year. And vegetables are abundant. Pick up some greens (broccoli, chard, cabbage, kale,etc.), peppers, avocado, tomatoes, okra… whatever your heart desires. Buy and cook extra beans, quinoa or brown rice. Having these on hand makes it easy to eat healthy in a hurry.

Rearrange.
Give healthy foods the spotlight. Remember, out of sight = out of mind. When you occasionally buy or make cookies or other treats, put them on a high shelf in the pantry or in an opaque container so you don’t see them every time you pass the kitchen counter. But make the fruit bowl the centerpiece!

BONUS Step: Retreat.
Make a plan. Healthy eating is really not that hard but you have to have a plan. Take a few minutes each week to think about your meals, snacks and physical activity plans for the week. Make a grocery list and add key activities to your calendar to get it all done.

These new-ish spring recipes from my archives can help you get started…

Favorite Spring & Summer Salads Recipe RoundUp

6 Ways with Chard

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Strawberry Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Pecans & Feta

Black Bean Fried Quinoa

And I’m curious. Have you done any spring cleaning to your diet this season? If so, what did you do? Did it work? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Happy spring cleaning!

– Marisa 

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