Ah, spring. The season of cleaning, organising and freshening things up. It’s the perfect time to not only spruce up your home but to consider your eating habits too. Now the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you’re wanting to rid yourself of that sluggish, eaten-nothing-but-stew-for-the-past-three-months feeling.
Our dietitians, Anna and Alex, from The Biting Truth are sharing their top tips on how you can spring clean your diet.
Clean up your cooking space
If you ask us, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a full-blown kitchen tidy-up. Empty out the fridge, give the shelves a wipe-down while you’re at it, then toss out or donate (if possible) anything you don’t need or use anymore. If you’re keen to learn more about your household food waste and how this measures up in terms of dollars and environmental impacts, check out IGA’s Food Waste Calculator.
Now for the pantry. Treat yourself to some clear, airtight, stackable containers, and/or reusable vegetable bags and fill them up with all your goodies. The aim is making batch-cooking a breeze, instead of having to scrounge through your perhaps unorganised cupboards for those ingredients you thought you had!
And finally, your benchtop. The kitchen counter usually becomes the household dumping ground for all manner of bits and pieces which most definitely do not belong in a food prep zone. Get rid of that mess, kitchen creativity requires a blank canvas.
Celebrate seasonal produce
Now that you have a clean, organised kitchen space it’s time to restock it with some springtime goodness.
Apart from being a feast for your eyes, celebrating seasonal produce means tastier, cheaper, more nutritious and environmentally friendlier eating. It’s a win-win. There is a lot of good produce available in spring, so be sure to do some research on what is in season this spring!