Everyone keeps asking me how to rid the winter excess and 'spring' back ready for summer. So here are my 5 easy tips to get you feeling amazing:
§ Soups and Salads: ditch the heavy winter carb meals and use in season vegetables to create soups and salads. Leeks peas, beetroot, fennel and asparagus are all in season now and can form the base of any great dish. Fennel and red cabbage slaw is a great accompaniment to pulled pork or a veggie burger. Fennel is loaded with Vitamin C and fibre and is great for the immune system and for digestion. Pea and mint soup is another springtime favourite and its fresh and super healthy. Mint is packed full of iron (100g almost meets your daily iron needs) and peas are full of B Vitamins. Choosing soups for lunch or dinner is a great option as soups take a while to digest and this keeps you fuller for longer.
§ Start the day right: If you start the day the right way it’s easier to stay on track for the rest of the day. Make your breakfast nutritious and tasty and aim to have protein every breakfast to keep hunger at bay until lunch. I recommend one egg each morning either with spinach and tomato or as a banana pancake with some unsweetened yoghurt.
§ Water of course! - start increasing your water intake this time of year. Start the day with warm water and fresh lemon, fill a large container with mint leaves and water and drink throughout the day, switch from coffee to herbal tea or add a herbal tea to your short black order. Drinking water also keeps you full and ensures your kidneys and liver can flush out toxins form your body.
§ Out and about: Time to stop hibernating and get outside into nature. Spring is an amazing time of the year and deserves to be seen. Getting outside is also good for lifting mood and research has shown that taking a walk has a therapeutic effect on the mind and can ease depression. Taking your exercise routine outside is a great way of getting some Vitamin N (nature) so grab a friend for a long walk, take your mat out to the yard or park or join a free outdoor fitness class (see meetup.com/en-AU)
§ Refresh your skin: Winter can leave your skin feeling dry and looking scaly and dry body brushing is a cheap and easy way to refresh the skin. Dry body brushing is a traditional natural health practice with many health benefits; it improves circulation by stimulating the connective tissue under the skin and stimulates the lymph flow helping to the body of waste and toxins. Follow dry brushing with a shower and use body oil afterwards to moisturise the skin. I use a plant body brush and a coconut oil for great results.
All recipes are on my website www.healthfulway.com.au