Anyway, with spring comes spring cleaning and promises to diet and get in shape for summer. I’ve told myself this every spring for the last I-don’t-know-how-many years, and sometimes I’m successful, and sometimes, not so much. Fortunately for us, it’s much easier to diet and get in shape in the spring. The weather is warmer, so you don’t crave warm, gooey comfort food as much. And salads are much more pleasant to eat in warmer weather. And warmer weather is so inviting for outdoor workouts and activities.
I want to look my best for graduation and my trip to Europe, so I’m really cracking down this spring.
Here are some easy ways to clean up your diet this spring!
Breakfast: As tempting as it can be, never skip breakfast, under any circumstance! I always eat at least a cereal bar before drinking my coffee, and then eat something a little more filling after. I’ve become a fan of oatmeal, especially with a little brown sugar and banana slices. Fruit is always a good way to start the day, too. I just really love fruit at any time of the day. Smoothies are great ways to get a good dose of fruit in the mornings.
I found a recipe for Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins on Pinterest the other day, and made a batch for myself. I altered it a little by adding a dash of cinnamon, using 1 egg and 1 egg white, and adding chopped pecans for a little crunch. Still delicious, and will make a great breakfast on the go.
Fruit water & green tea: Another difficult thing for me to cut back was coke. If you know anything about me, you know I drink Coke Zero like it’s water. Well, I used to. I’m proud of myself for cutting down as much as I have, but sometimes I can’t resist a can or bottle on campus. But at home, fruit-infused water is always in my fridge, and I keep a stock of green tea. You can use any combination of flavors, but my favorites are cucumber-mint, blueberry-lemon (below), blueberry-orange, and lemon-raspberry. Fruit-infused green tea is also delicious.