Spring Into Healthy Grocery Shopping

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Spring is a wonderful time to jump into a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

First, thoroughly clean out the pantry and refrigerator. Toss anything that is past its use-by date/expired, nutritionally questionable, or that contains ingredients you want to cut back or cut out. Be ruthless about emptying leftover containers and be sure you recycle them.

When it comes to restocking, you’re better off buying smaller quantities and shopping more frequently. Look for stores that offer a good selection of minimally packaged organic produce, local goods, and chemical-free animal products. Always head to the produce aisle first and listen to your cravings as you cruise. Focus on what’s in season to get the best flavor, nutrition, and price, and strive to spend most of your food budget on plants.

When you get home, be sure to remove all that valuable produce from their bags and containers first. Don’t leave vegetables that need to breathe, like squash, green beans, and mushrooms, wrapped up. Transfer these delicate plants into an appropriate glass dish and cover loosely with a damp towel. Rinse items like firm salad greens, radishes, celery, parsley, and kale, then roll them in damp kitchen towels and put them into bags for cold storage.

Finally, plan to eat everything you bought within three days. For easy access, as well as the best flavor, keep fresh fruit and tomatoes at room temperature. Set out small bowls of nuts and dried fruits to help encourage sensible snacking. Stick with it, you’ll find that it’s much easier to eat well when the kitchen is well stocked!

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