We’re officially in spring, and despite the odd flurry of snow and random downpour of hail, the weather finally feels as though it’s catching up. In addition to clearing out your home, garden, and wardrobe, spring is the perfect opportunity for a fridge detox.
Taking a long hard look at the staples you stick in your supermarket trolley each week can help you begin the new season nicely on track.
Whether you’re stuck in a dieting rut or you’ve read a million and one conflicting articles on what is and isn’t good for you, taking a long hard look at the staples you stick in your supermarket trolley each week can help you begin the new season nicely on track.
If any of the following foods feature heavily in your weekly shop, it might be time to replace them with a healthier Paleo alternative. These simple swaps soon become habit and are a really easy step towards achieving a slimmer summer body. So what tops our Paleo fridge detox list?
Replace Milk Chocolate With Dark Chocolate
Easter was early this year and granted we all love a visit from the bunny with his little basket of chocolate goodies – even I’m not cruel enough to suggest we can’t enjoy chocolate once in a while! But if it makes up a regular part of your weekly diet, it’s worth transitioning to the dark side. Dark chocolate (70% plus) is higher in iron and fibre, lower in sugar, and contains beneficial antioxidants. It may taste very bitter to begin with, but as your tastebuds transition away from the sugary stuff you’ll soon find milk chocolate actually begins to taste too sweet.
Replace Soda Drinks With Sparkling Water
If you absolutely can’t stand to be without a fizzy drink in warmer weather, try replacing that can of lemonade with a glass of sparkling water. Fizzy drinks contain a ton of added sugar, sweeteners, and flavourings, and because they don’t fill us up properly they cause our bodies to crave even more of the sweet stuff. Choose natural sparkling water instead and add a little fresh lemon or lime if you need more flavour. Sparkling water will keep you hydrated without the added sugar and sweeteners.
Replace Butter With Avocado
Forget replacing butter with low-fat spreadable alternatives. In fact, butter is better for you than those chemically processed substitutes. Why not try spreading fresh avocado on your toast instead? With a heap of vitamins and healthy oils, avocado makes for a tasty, savoury alternative. Add a pinch of salt and some fresh lime or coriander for a delicious lunchtime snack.
Replace Crisps With Vegetable Chips
Okay, so they don’t strictly belong in the fridge, but whilst you’re focused on a spring overhaul, it’s worth ditching shop-bought potato crisps in favour of homemade vegetables chips. Almost all potato crisps are high in saturated fats, calories, and salt, yet they have next to no nutritional value. If you find yourself craving an evening snack, try swapping your crisps for parsnip, beet, or apple chips. Not only will you be saving yourself a heap of calories, you’ll also be giving your body a boost of antioxidants, nutrients, and fibre.
Replace Salad Dressings With Olive Oil and Balsamic
You’d be forgiven for assuming salad dressings are healthy, especially those marketed as ‘low-fat’ or ‘good for you’, but have you ever stopped to read what’s actually in the bottle? Most contain sugar and salt and many also feature added flavourings or preservatives. Rather than ruin your salad with a shop-bought dressing, why not opt for a simple combination of olive oil, balsamic, and lime instead? You could even add some dried herbs such as oregano or basil for extra flavour.
Do you have any smart pantry swap ideas? Are you planning a fridge detox? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!