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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

Focus on Fresh!
It’s time to move on from those comfort winter foods like warm pie and hot dishes! What better time than spring to load up on fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. With new fruits and veggies coming into season each month and gardens beginning to bloom, we can rely less on canned and frozen items and, instead, fill our shopping carts with fresh fruits and veggies. These fruits and vegetables will taste better than ever and leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Clean out the Cupboards!
Purge your kitchen of anything packaged, processed, or with ingredients you can’t pronounce! Most of them are notorious for things like: high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and trans fat. Instead of keeping products like this in your kitchen, replace them with nuts, seeds and fresh fruit. Remember that anything in your kitchen has the potential to end up in your body, so if it’s not going to make you feel great, then it doesn’t belong in your cabinets!

Add Color to your Plate!
Spring is when all the most beautiful fruits and vegetables start to bloom so take advantage of that! The more color you add to your diet, the more antioxidants you will be eating. Antioxidants are amazing for your body and help you fight off many different chronic diseases. This spring try eating a new and different fruit or vegetable each week!

Go Green and Garden!
The benefits of growing your own food range from knowing where your food is coming from to unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and veggies right outside your door, all season long. Start by growing the plants that will give you the biggest benefit for the least amount of work, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and peppers and herbs like basil or cilantro. And if you’re worried about space, don’t be! You can grow a mini garden right in your window!

Salads are in Season!
BUT don’t forget your protein and fat! Make sure you add protein to your salad so it keeps you feeling fuller, longer (this doesn’t just mean adding chicken to your plate, protein and fat can also be found in nuts!). Salads are a great way to easily incorporate vegetables into your diet. This spring try making your own salad dressing at home!

Hungry for more nutrition tips? Visit our website or contact acac nutritionist Margaret Moses, RD, LDN.