3 Tips to Help Spring Clean Your Kitchen

3 Tips to Help Spring Cleanse Your Kitchen

By Golda Smith

 

We are well into spring and in a few weeks Memorial Day will be here which is the unofficial start of the summer season. With that comes backyard cook outs, afternoons at the beach, long walks with the children as you enjoy ice cream cones or picnics in the park with fresh fruit salads.

Just as we spring clean our homes by putting away the winter wardrobe and putting out the summer outfits, it’s time to spring clean your kitchen. During the winter I enjoyed preparing and eating Kitchari, a classic Ayurveda dish. It’s so yummy and warming! Homemade soups were also a staple in my home; however, now that it’s getting warmer it’s time to switch things up.

This is especially important if you need a little push to get on track with your health goals. I would like to share 3 things you can do to spring clean your kitchen and enjoy this season.

The first thing I would like to suggest is that you commit to trying one new food every week. For example, when you do your weekly meal plan and you head to your grocery store, commit to purchasing a new item. It could be a condiment, new fruit or vegetable. Yes, I realize some of you just gasped at the thought of stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new but that’s the purpose. I’ve discovered some wonderful items that I would never have if I weren’t willing to give it a shot. If you ask, you may learn that your store has a buy back policy. I know at Trader Joe’s, if you buy something and for whatever reason you don’t like it, just bring it back…you may need your receipt so keep it handy.

The second thing you can do to spring clean your kitchen is to update your spices. If you have powdered spices older than 6 months then you may want to toss them and get some fresh ones. Once a spice goes from its whole form to a powder, it begins to lose potency. Spices are one of the least expensive ways to bring boring food (think chicken) to life. Try a new spice or spice blend. A few months ago I picked up some spices from the Frontier Organic line and one in particular, the Tagine blend, quickly became my favorite. Not only did I freshen up my spices but I tried and feel in love with a few new ones…win-win!

The third thing you can do the spring clean your kitchen is to clean your refrigerator and pantry. Sounds so basic but really, how often do you clean those two areas? Take everything out of the fridge…the drawers too and wipe up those onion skins that eventually fall off and get stuck. Toss those old bottles of sugary salad dressing that you don’t need to eat anyway. While you are at it, defrost your freezer and get rid of any unrecognizable “food items” that could be used as weapons, lol.

Next up is your pantry. Check expiration dates. If you committed to eating more unprocessed foods then ditch most of the junk food still in sight. Anything that isn’t getting you closer to your goals needs to go and that doesn’t mean you need to toss it in the garbage. You can use this as an opportunity to create a food box to deliver to your local women’s shelter, church or food pantry.

What I love about these tips is that you can easily implement right now. Create your next meal plan. Be open to trying something totally new. Decide when you will clean your refrigerator and defrost your freezer and if cleaning isn’t your thing then pay someone to do it for you. When will you create that food box? Write it on your calendar and get it done. Something about spring…the feeling of rebirth and renewal that makes it my favorite season of the year.

Please let us know how you are spring cleaning your kitchen and how it’s going for you. See you back here soon and have a beautiful day!

Happy spring cleaning,

Golda

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