In the winter months, several everyday habits may change: You’re eating more carb-laden foods (comfort food), your fitness routine is on hold, and you seldom leave the house. This hibernation-like period can have you in a funk feeling fatigued. As the season starts to shift to spring, you may feel compelled to “spring clean”—starting with your dietary habits.
Top dietitians and nutritionists share easy ways to spring clean your diet with these high-impact food swaps for a boost of energy and overall better health.
Swap pasta for zucchini noodles
It’s time to break out that spiralizer in your cabinet. “With the change in season, zucchinis are about to be abundant in gardens, farmers markets, and grocery stores,” says Jennifer Kanikula, RD, a traveling registered dietitian. “Not only are they cheap, they’re extremely healthy and when eaten in place of pasta, add a plethora of nutrition benefits to your meal. Zucchini is very low in calories and high in nutrients and antioxidants, whereas refined grains (white pasta) are low in nutrients, high in carbohydrates, sugar, and subsequently, high in calories.” If weight loss is a goal, check out these 13 weight-loss foods to lose weight fast.