Switch up your produce
Tired of apples, bananas and root vegetables? “There are some nice spring produce choices coming out,” says Sunderland. “Some things we see are asparagus, fiddleheads, mushrooms and berries.” Other brightly-coloured produce making more of an appearance at our grocery stores or farmer’s markets include apricots, green beans, broccoli and more. “The more colourful the fruit or vegetable, the more vitamins and minerals it has,” says Brown.
Ditch the dehydrating drinks
Has it been a winter of red wine, lattes and hot chocolate? Time to rethink your drinks. “Start by reducing alcohol because it’s a diuretic and dehydrates the body,” notes Brown. “Cutting back on it will help keep the liver healthy since it is a natural detoxification system for your body.”
Ditto caffeine, another dehydrating drink, as well as those cans of diet pop lining the fridge door. Sunderland suggests replacing any sugar-sweetened pop with a big pitcher of water. (Tip: Add orange, lemon, lime or cucumber slices for a refreshing twist.) “Water helps you get hydrated and flushes out the body of toxins, lets you be more alert, have more energy, control your appetite and increase your metabolism,” says Brown.
Plant a garden
Take inspiration from the produce you’re seeing in the store and plan out a spring and summer’s worth of healthy eating from your very own back deck or yard. “You can already start your seedlings indoors to replant later,” says Sunderland.