4 Steps to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen

Spring time is almost here and that means longer days, warmer weather, flower buds and ... spring cleaning.

No matter your routine, spring cleaning doesn't just mean tidying up around the house; it also means detoxing your kitchen and adopting a healthier lifestyle. It's time to dust away those cobwebs, cart donations off to the Salvation Army, and commit to ridding your fridge and cabinets of unhealthy foods.

Follow these steps to to detox your kitchen and get healthy this spring.

Choose Whole Foods

What do I mean by whole foods? Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds—foods that are still intact, unprocessed and packed with nutrients. Hit the produce aisle at the grocery store and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Be creative: Try new things and challenge the kids to do the same thing. Fill up that fruit basket and make sure your crisper drawer is loaded to capacity. Whole foods are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that boost immunity.

Here are some delicious whole food snack options:

  • Peanut butter with an apple or banana
  • Almond butter with celery, a piece of fruit and raw nuts
  • Raw veggie slices with hummus

Note: Buy nut butters with no added sugar or oil.

More: Raising the Bar: How to Choose Healthy Snacks

Dump The Processed/Packaged Foods

Let's be honest, packaged does not mean healthy. Most packaged products are loaded with sugar or sugar substitutes, fat, sodium, preservatives and other chemicals that are impossible to pronounce. Don't use convenience as an excuse to wolf down unhealthy, sugary snacks, and don't feed them to the kids, either.

That being said, not all packaged items are created equal. There are some high-quality packaged products out there. Check the ingredient list first, it's even more important than the nutrition information (calories, carbs, fat, etc.). If there are mystery ingredients, look for a better option or substitute.

More: 7 Tips to Avoid Processed Foods

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