Turn a New Leaf - Spring Clean Your Refrigerator

Spring Clean Your Refrigerator

Spring is finally here, which means longer days and warmer weather headed your way! 

Get ready for bikini season healthy and ready for anything with this step-by-step guide on how to spring clean your refrigerator.

Step 1: Gather

  • Trash can and recycling bin
  • Bucket or bowl of warm soapy water
  • Essential oil to add to the water (try 2 drops of lemongrass) to get you energized while you clean!
  • Gloves
  • Sponge or cloth 
  • Your fave tunes to jam out to

Step 2: Take Inventory & Spring Clean

  • Start with the doors of your refrigerator. Remove all items, read the labels and toss anything that is expired
  • Wipe down the items you are keeping with the warm soapy water mixture.
  • Scrub the inside and outside doors of your refrigerator
  • Replace all items to the refrigerator in an organized fashion
  • Doing the same as you did for the doors, go shelf by shelf to remove all items, inspect dates and decide what to toss or keep
  • Wipe down everything with your soapy water mixture
  • Remove all drawers - wash, rinse, dry and replace

    Helpful Organization Tips

    Your doors are the warmest part of your refrigerator. Consider storing condiments like jams and syrups here. Dairy and egg products should be stored in the main compartment to ensure they won't expire prematurely.
       Step 3: Buy Produce That's In season

        spring vegetables

        After you spring clean your refrigerator, visit your local Farmer's market to stock up on fresh seasonal produce.

        Here's some spring produce that's in season in Southern California:

        • Raspberries and Strawberries
        • Red Kale
        • Artichokes
        • Navel Oranges
        • Beets
        • Grapefruit
        • Lemons
        • Asparagus
        • Fresh Herbs

        If you don't live in California, the Seasonal Food Guide is a great resource if you're searching for the freshest produce around. 

        Step 4: Pack on the Herbs

        Fresh Herbs

        Fresh herbs contain unique antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phytosterols and many other plants derived nutrient substances that help equip our body to fight germs, toxins and to boost immunity levels. They pack a huge nutritional punch and can brighten the flavors of any meal. Here are some we are grabbing this spring and their benefits!

        • Cilantro - Anti-oxidant, Vitamin K
        • Basil - Anti-inflammatory, Vitamin A
        • Parsley - Potassium, Calcium, Iron
        • Sage - Vitamin C
        • Rosemary - Iron, Folates
        • Mint - High in minerals, B-6

        Herb Storage Tips

        • Wrap the stems together in a rubber band
        • Trim off a 1/4 of an inch of the stems
        • Place them in a cup with 2 inches of water and store in your refrigerator to keep them fresh longer

          Step 5: Ward Off The Flu With Food

          With one of the strongest cold and flu seasons yet, you'll want to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. Select immunity boosting foods to fight off germs and infection with these flu fighters:

          • Garlic
          • Turmeric
          • Dark leafy greens
          • Ginger Root
          • Citrus
          • Berries
          • Salmon

          Step 6: Stock Up On Energy-boosting Foods
          A spoonful of chia seeds
          With the warmer weather in the forecast, you'll want to spend less time being cozy on the couch and more time outside. Get your butt in gear with these powerfully nutritional foods:

          • Asparagus
          • Kale
          • Eggs
          • Chia Seeds
          • Quinoa
          • Pumpkin Seeds
          • Banana

          Happy Spring Cleaning!

          Author Amber Baker of 108 Reasons is a San Diego-based Mama, Yoga Teacher, Recipe Developer & Marketing Specialist in the health & wellness industry.

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