4 Tips to Help You Make Informed Food Choices this Spring

April isn’t just about welcoming spring; it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the shifts in our diets as the seasons change. April is a perfect time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits. Let’s explore how we can nourish our bodies and minds for optimal health and well-being.

1. Practice Mindful Eating!

As we navigate the busyness of daily life, it’s easy to fall into the habit of mindless eating. To practice mindful eating, begin with a quick check in, are you eating because you’re bored, sad, or lonely? Or are you truly hungry. Next, eat without distraction such as scrolling through your phone, or watching TV. Finally enjoy your food, taking the time to see, smell and savor each bite. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and sensation of your food. By practicing mindful eating, you will tune into your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and you can cultivate a healthier relationship with food.

2. Plan and Prep Your Meals!

Designate a specific day each week to plan your meals. This could be a weekend day, or any other convenient time. Use this time to brainstorm meal ideas, create a grocery list and check for sales at local stores. Get creative with recipes or reinventing leftovers into delicious meals. Batch cook staples like healthy grains, proteins, and vegetables and invest in containers to store in fridge or freezer. Meal planning and prepping can help save you time, money, and effort while ensuring you have nutritious meals readily available.

3. Embrace a Rainbow of Colors!

Spring marks the awakening of nature, with flowers blooming and fresh produce starting to emerge. Take inspiration from the colors of the season and incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your meals. From vibrant greens like spinach and asparagus to the bright oranges of carrots and sweet potatoes, each color brings a unique set of nutrients to the table. Challenge yourself to fill your plate with a rainbow of colors to ensure you’re getting a diverse range of vitamins and minerals.

4. Always eat balanced!

Combine lean proteins, healthy fats, and a good source of carbs-ideally vegetables at all meals. Eating balanced meals will help regulate your blood sugar which is necessary to avoid energy dips, lapses in mental clarity, and sweet cravings.

Balanced meals will also improve insulin sensitivity and can reduce your risk of both weight gain and type 2 diabetes.

As we celebrate spring, let’s commit to nourishing our bodies and minds with wholesome, delicious foods and smart dietary choices. By making small, sustainable changes to your eating habits, you can cultivate a healthier, happier you for years to come.