Spring is right around the corner, though it might not seem like it where you live! In fact, the first day of spring is officially on Wednesday, March 20. Spring is a great time to pause and take a little inventory of what’s stocked in your pantry.
We like to call it spring-cleaning your grocery list and we’ve got 5 super easy ways to ensure your shopping cart is full of the healthiest foods you can find!
#1. Produce Snack Attack: Rethink the produce section of your grocery store. Ditch the potato chip aisle and fill your cart with snacks from produce: watermelon slices, snap peas, baby carrots, cantaloupe cubes. There’s a reason why grocery stores typically welcome you into their environment with bright, luscious fresh fruit and vegetables…it is some of the best food they offer! Go for colorful and fresh. If budget is of no concern, choose organic over conventional foods and your body will thank you for the new way you snack!
This Mango Peach Protein Smoothie recipe calls for fresh mango and fresh peaches. With AllWhites egg whites you get 18g protein in this delicious breakfast drink!
Whip it up…then rate it with our new reviews!
#2. Don’t Loaf Around: For cereals, pastas and breads we’ve all heard it before: choose varieties made with 100% whole grain. The nutritional superiority can’t be beat and the flavors of whole grain food is better, too. But, have you thought about tossing these whole grain goodies in your cart?
- whole grain tortillas
- whole grain corn chips
- whole grain crackers
Our Savory Veggie Scramble Wrap combines fresh veggies and shredded cheese rolled up in a 100% whole wheat wrap.
Spring has sprung in this tasty, egg white wrap! Make it. Wrap it. Rate it.
#3. Got Your Protein Power?: Fish, lean meats and egg whites. Consider these the staples of your diet’s protein. Egg whites (ahem, AllWhites) offer all the necessary protein without all the fat and cholesterol. So you can have your eggs and eat them, too, without guilt or worry.
Try to aim for fish at least once each week. This recipe has it all: fresh fish in a crunchy egg white, almond and Parmesan coating. Light and springy, indeed!
Make this Almond Crusted Walleye recipe and then rate it!
#4. Keep Your Dairy Dainty: Cheese, milk, yogurt, butter: include it, but don’t go overboard on the high-fat versions. Dairy is an outstanding source of the all-important mineral calcium and bone-building vitamin D but can eventually wreck havoc if the high-fat, whole milk versions are eaten exclusively.
Our sunny Broccoli, Tomato and Basil Frittata recipe has two kinds of cheese and 3 tablespoons of milk. One serving is 22% of the total daily calcium needs of a regular diet.
Once you bake this frittata, tell us how you liked it on our new recipe ratings and reviews!
#5. Sweets: Lighten Up: Cutting out fats and sugars is both challenging and impractical. Choose desserts from the grocery store that are minimally processed to ensure they contain the least amount of preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients.
Some to try:
- ice cream without high fructose corn syrup
- cookies made with whole grains
- dark chocolate bars
If you choose dessert everyday it loses its specialness. But once each week makes for something indulgent to look forward to.
Here’s a dessert that looks rich but only has 2 grams of fat per serving. This Baked Custard recipe has 5 simple ingredients and lots of creaminess to satisfy a health-minded sweet tooth! How did you like it? Let us know on our new recipe ratings and reviews!
Once you’ve spring-cleaned your grocery list, the real fun begins: eating healthy, whole foods that help keep that spring in your step!