Spring Clean Your Food Routine

As we march into springtime we see buds blooming, grass growing, leaves sprouting, less darkness and warmer temperatures. We may be spring cleaning our home, apartment, clearing the clutter, swapping out our wardrobe, but why not apply spring cleaning to our food choices as well. Time to plant the seed to #feedtheneed with the #wealthonourshelf.

Think lighten up and brighten up. Gray days give way to blue skies, chilly weather is replaced by warmth so our food choices can change seasons too. Just as we may discard extra clothing layers and simplify, going with brighter colors and lighter weight apparels, we can do a food wardrobe makeover as well.

Color up the plate with fruits and veggies

Orange carrots, citrus fruits, peaches/nectarines

Yellow mango, pineapple, banana, lemons, grapefruit

Green and dark green leafy vegetables, and asparagus, avocado, kiwi, broccoli, Bokchoy, celery, cabbage, peas, limes, pears, leeks

Purple beets

Red strawberries and tomatoes, apples


White- mushrooms, onions, parsnips, cauliflower, potatoes

Bring the crunch

Add chopped celery or carrots to a tuna or egg salad

Include raw broccoli/cauliflower as dippers

Slice a pear or apple into a salad

Make a raw grated beet, arugula and grapefruit  or peach salad

Capitalize on the flavor

Onions added to a stir fry, dip or salad

Citrus fruit and zest mixed with greens and olive oil for a light, bright salad

Sweet/tart flavor of pineapple /mango mixed into a salsa or a stir fry

Add the dreamy and creamy

Avocado in a smoothie

Avocado to add the richness to a broccoli bisque

Avocado instead of cream to add a delightful mouthfeel to a spring pasta

Hip hip puree to pureed parsnips, potatoes, peas and leeks in a spring-focused soup

Try an old fav a new way

Liven up your salad with different greens such as red leaf lettuce and arugula

Add some tropical flavor to a smoothie with mangoes and pineapple

Try a pasta dish with peas, asparagus, Parmesan and lemon zest

Serve steamed and cooled marinated asparagus spears for a spring salad- I love a mustard, shallot vinaigrette

Produce brings the flavor, the fiber, the fluid, the vitamins and minerals and the plant nutrients to put some pep in your step, pizazz to your palate and health benefits in every bite. So bring the rainbow to the plate with produce in your glass, bowl or plate to make your eating plan great! #HaveaPlant