Spring Forward into a Healthier Lifestyle

Posted on April 3rd, 2015

Remember those new year, new you resolutions? Neither do we! It’s only April and we believe that it’s never too late to develop a healthier lifestyle for yourself. With spring comes the feeling of renewal, so let’s take full advantage of the blooming-season by springing forward into a healthier lifestyle. We’ve rounded up some easy to tips to help you get going in the right direction.

Out with the yuck, in with the yum!

You don’t need to rush out and re-stock your entire pantry. Toss out the junk and keep the good stuff. It’s easy to find bad products in your pantry by identifying the ones with high levels of corn syrup, including: sugary cereals, jams, and condiments.

Here’s a list of 3 pantry items that are always okay to stay:

1. Coffee: Your morning cup o’ joe not only gets you going in the morning, but it can also benefits your health. According to Men’s Fitness, drinking one or two cups of coffee can reduce cardiovascular disease.
2. Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is one of our favorites! According to Harvard Medical School, “peanut butter contains the same ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats as olive oil.”
3. Dark Chocolate: It’s a well-known fact (according to us) that chocolate can make everything better! According to Women’s Health, regular chocolate eaters were slimmer than those who never have chocolate. However, let’s just all agree to not eat our chocolate all at once.

Keep it fresh, always!

Now that we’re done with the pantry, let’s re-think the refrigerator.

1. In-Season Fruits and Veggies: Season produce is always the freshest because it doesn’t have to travel very far. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is the perfect way to get fresh, hand-picked groceries for the week.
2. Whole Foods: How do you know what are whole foods? Whole foods are anything without a package and usually don’t have any labels, ingredients or artificial flavors. Try to create meals with more whole foods in your diet and less processed foods.
3. Spa Water: You don’t need to visit the spa for extra crisp water! Grab a pitcher, fill it up with ice, add sliced cucumbers, mint and limes for a refreshing drink. This is a good incentive to ditch the sugary drinks that often take over our refrigerators.