Spring Clean Your Kitchen - And Your Diet! Print This
5 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet (and a Giveaway!)
Spring’s just around the corner! Now is the time to get your kitchen ready for all the fresh produce that’s about to hit the market. Take the time to clean up and clean out so you can safely store your new goodies. Once your kitchen is in tip-top shape, it’s much easier to create healthy meals.
Cleaning up the Kitchen
Toss Expired FoodMake room for new, fresh foods. Go through items in your fridge and pantry—toss out anything that’s expired. Re-stock items with a “best buy” date that have long since passed. While these foods are still safe to eat, they’re likely to have diminished quality. Don’t forget to clean out the freezer, too. If you have homemade meals that you froze last spring, it’s time to throw them out.
Clean Your Fridge, Freezer and Pantry
After you’ve tossed the old and before you stock up on the new, give your fridge, freezer, and pantry a good cleaning. For the freezer, move remaining foods to the fridge before defrosting. To get rid of ice buildup, leave the door open so the ice can melt. Place a towel at the bottom of the freezer to catch any water. Once defrosted, wipe down the inside of the freezer and remove any food particles.
For the fridge, remove any foods left in the fridge and give it a good wipe-down with soap and warm water. Dry any remaining water with a paper towel or clean cloth. Don’t forget to clean out those produce drawers.
For the pantry, clean all cabinets and shelves so they’re crumb-free. Seal any open packages with a clip or place is a re-sealable plastic bag. This can help keep the food fresh and prevent any critters from getting into them.
Clean Countertops and Appliances
It’s easy to let the kitchen countertops get cluttered. Remove all appliances and other items and thoroughly clean appliances and countertops. For the countertops, use warm, soapy water or vinegar (a kitchen-friendly cleaner) to wipe down the counters, removing dust and any hidden food particles. To clean appliances, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Cleaning up Your Diet
Create Fresh Salads
With the weather getting warmer, you can find all kinds of fresh produce at the market. Start making fresh salads with your favorite veggies and add a fruit or two (like strawberries or sliced grapes) for sweetness. To make the salad your main course, add 3-ounces of lean protein like chicken or tuna.
Add Color to Meals
Start incorporating more color, especially from fruits and veggies, onto your plate. Different colors add different nutrients to your diet. Look for fresh veggies like carrots, asparagus, spinach and Swiss chard and fruits like honeydew, pineapple, oranges and strawberries.
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Categories: Dietitian Advice