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Spring Clean Your Health With Fruits & Veggies

Say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to spring. The weather is warming up, the birds are back in town and flowers are in bloom … it’s time for spring cleaning! Although you’ll probably be working diligently to deep clean and organize your house, it’s also a perfect time to spring clean your kitchen and your health!

Making over your kitchen is a great way to control the number of calories you are taking in and ensuring you always have fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables, as well as 100% juice on hand is a great way to always have a delicious 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~ Check the ‘use by’ date and remove any outdated food items from your pantry.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~ Wipe down the inside and outside of the refrigerator and discard any outdated food items then stock up on fresh in-season produce such as:

• Honeydew

• Mango

• Oranges

• Strawberries

• Broccoli

• Spinach

Note: Always have fruits and veggies prepared so when the urge to snack hits, they are easily accessible [carrot and celery sticks, fresh salsa, cubed melons].

~ 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 Discard any foods that are outdated or have not been stored properly.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.

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