Last week we had a couple days of warm(er) weather and it felt like a weight was lifted off our shoulders! My husband and I opened our windows, went for walks, saw neighbors again and shed our heavy coats. Nothing beats the feeling of of reawakening that comes with spring. It’s easy for me to start sounding trite and sappy because this time of year just calls for a lot of cliches. With good reason, though. Last year I wrote about using this opportunity to clean out your closet. Bear with me this year as I write about Spring Cleaning your diet!
Are you prepared for the onslaught of ads and articles that will focus on getting ready for swimsuit season? The focus always seems to be that our bodies are somehow less than perfect after the winter and now we need to find a quick fix in order to look “good” in a bathing suit. Drop 10 pounds fast! Detox your body! Toned arms in one week! And my personal favorite: stop eating bananas for a flat stomach! We all know those claims are designed to make us spend money on products that don’t work because they don’t offer long term solutions. The only way to transform is to change (or break) our habits and to accept a realistic version of our own perfect body. A commitment to being healthy is a lifelong goal. It is not just about fitting into skinny jeans or a two piece bathing suit. I want to think of this time of year as an opportunity to eat cleaner and smarter, which should help me feel better as I transition into my warm weather clothes.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how to make this happen:
That should get your ideas going! My goal is to change the amount of alcohol I drink. I love wine. Wine doesn't always love me. I have cut way back on the amount I drink. What used to be an everyday glass is now a couple times a week glass. I want to reduce that to maybe once a week. It will be better for my calorie intake as well as on our pocketbook. (Ever notice that eating out is super expensive if you order drinks?). Ask how I am doing next time you see me!
I would love to hear your ideas in the comment section below. How will you be spring cleaning your diet?
This week’s recipe is a vegan version of cheesecake. A few weeks back I mentioned I am using cashews in place of a lot of dairy. I came across this recipe and had to give it a try so I made them for Easter. I feel this is a great way to get a treat and still stick to a clean diet. If you use the link to the recipe I used, she lists some variations to add different flavors to the filling.
No Bake Cashew Cheesecake Cups
1 1/2 cups nuts (2-3 varieties)*
1/2 cup dates*
2 tablespoons coconut butter (or oil)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 cup cashews, soaked at least 2-3 hours, ideally overnight for smoothest results
1/3 cup silken tofu (organic, non-gmo)
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Juice from half a lemon (Or whole if you like it really lemony)
Pinch of salt
*I used almonds and cashews. I did not have any dates so I used dried cranberries in place of them. I poured some boiling water over them and soaked for a half hour to plump them up. I drained the liquid off before processing them.