[ By: Muffie Kruse, registered dietitian & wellness coach ]
With spring finally here, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. When most of us think of spring cleaning, we think of the traditional cleaning and organizing, but what about spring cleaning your eating?
In with the new and out with the old. This is a good time to go through the refrigerator and throw away all the expired foods. Check the expiration dates on jars, cans and staples such as condiments and salad dressings to make sure you are not exceeding the expiration dates. Outdated food items are not always safe to eat even if they do not appear to be spoiled. Spices and other shelf items also expire, due to the natural oils in the products becoming unstable in changing room temperatures from summer to winter and back to summer.
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” – Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
Now that you’ve tossed the old, it’s time to renew!
Add greens to your spring clean!
Spring is the season for edible greens like collards, Swiss chard, bok choy, spinach, arugula, mustard greens and many more.Spring greens are a nutritional gift of nature that provide multiple health benefits. Greens are packed full of nutrients, including vitamins A & K, folic acid, magnesium, antioxidants and phytonutrients that may provide protection against cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis and also promote vision health.
When selecting greens, look for brightly colored, crisp leaves. For convenience, grab a bag of pre-washed, pre-cut greens.
Discover how easy it is to create great-tasting and healthful meals with spring greens.
Start with a base of fresh mixed greens. Add some grilled chicken or fish, a handful of nuts, more brightly colored vegetables and some berries to top your salad for a complete meal. Drizzle with your own homemade vinaigrette for just the right touch.
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