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Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen

Have you noticed that the grass is getting greener? Have you heard the birds chirping? Spring is finally here!

If you’re one of those people who see the warming weather as a signal that it’s time for spring cleaning you’re not alone.

Here’s an idea for when you’re done with the dust – why not spring clean your pantry too?

Beyond wiping down the shelves and replacing the baking soda box in the fridge, try tossing the foods that are working against you and replacing them with clean options. Out with the old and in with the new!

Top 9 Foods to Toss Out (and their replacements)

1. Replace wheat bread with a sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel bread

Ezekiel is a sprouted grain bread that has no sugar. It is made with 4 types of grains and contains 2 legumes. It is organic, high in fiber and delicious.

2. Replace white sugar with natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or Stevia

White sugar is just empty calories. It provides no health value and can do a lot of harm to your teeth, your liver, your metabolism and more.

3. Replace butter with grass fed butter or heart-healthy oils

Grass fed butter is less contaminated with chemicals and has a higher nutritional value. If you want to stay away from dairy, choose olive oil or avocado oil.

4. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt

The two taste very similar and have the same texture, but Greek yogurt contains probiotics. Probiotics help boost your immune system and clear up stomach trouble. Sour cream also has much more sodium and is higher in carbs and sugars.

5. Replace white rice with quinoa

Studies show that eating white rice raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. All of its benefits are stripped away when its husk, bran and germ are removed. Eat quinoa instead.

Quinoa has a delicious nutty taste and has 150% more fiber and 100% more protein than white rice.

6. Replace soda with green tea

If you haven’t already tossed the soda, now is the time. Soda contains over 8 teaspoons of sugar per can and has no value at all. Green tea is full of antioxidants. It may help prevent cancer, is good for your heart, and may promote weight loss.

7. Replace vegetable oil with coconut oil

Vegetable oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fats. When heated, it loses its antioxidant powers. This happens to olive oil too! Coconut oil is stable and does not lose its antioxidants. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids that do not get stored as fat. And coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

8. Replace flour with coconut flour

If you love to bake, dump your old white flour and replace it with coconut flour. It has fewer carbs and 11 times the amount of fiber.

9. Replace chocolate chips with cacao nibs

Your chocolate chip cookies will still taste great if you toss the yellow bag and buy these instead. And they have five times the fiber and contain no sugar at all.

Did someone say chocolate chip cookies?! Here's how to get your cookie dough fix the healthier way and hey, all this Spring purging calls for a treat!

Yours in health,

Danette

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