Spring Clean Your Health with Fruits and Veggies
Not only does spring cleaning burn calories, but making over your kitchen is a great way to control the amount of calories you are taking in. Ensuring you always have fruits and vegetables on hand [in any form] is a great way to always have a low-fat, low-calorie meal or snack available at any time!
Steps to a Safe and Healthful Spring:
- Wipe down walls, ceiling, light fixtures, and windows in the kitchen.
- Check the ‘use by’ date and remove any outdated food items from your pantry.
- Wipe down pantry shelves and take inventory of food items you have and what you should have on hand to make a healthful meal in minutes:
- A variety of canned vegetables
- Tomato sauce
- Canned fruit
- Dried fruit
- 100% fruit juice
- Clean the oven.
- Wipe down the inside and outside of the refrigerator and discard any outdated food items then stock up on fresh in-season produce such as:
- Wipe down the inside of the freezer. Discard any foods that are outdated or have not been stored properly.
- Make sure you have frozen mixed fruit and berries on hand to toss into fruit smoothies or on top of cereal or yogurt in a moment’s notice. Also, stock your freezer with frozen vegetables for a quick and easy mid-week stir-fry or a succulent side dish.
- Wash the sink and countertops and always keep a basket of fresh fruit available as a quick ‘grab and go’ spot for on-the-run snackers.
- Sweep and mop the floors.