December 11, 2019

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Spring Clean Your Diet


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Watch-the-video-button2-300x631When planning your spring-cleaning projects remember to include the kitchen, refrigerator and pantry! Say goodbye to any less-than-healthy winter habits and welcome the season with a renewed focus on eating well and being active.

Freshen Up the Fridge

Make room for plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, seafood, eggs and low-fat dairy foods, like Breakstone’s® Reduced Sodium 2% Milkfat Cottage Cheese. Each half-cup serving delivers 14 grams of appetite-controlling protein for just 100 calories. Compared to other varieties of cottage cheese, it also contains 30 percent less sodium. The uses for cottage cheese are endless. Top it with fresh fruit and a dash of cinnamon, toss it into a salad or blend it up into a smoothie. For digestive health, try their LiveActive Cottage Cheese. With three grams of prebiotic fiber per serving, it nourishes the ‘good bacteria’ in your digestive system to keep them plentiful and may promote immunity.

Revisit Your Portions

Take control of your portions to help manage any extra winter weight. Pre-portioned foods offer a foolproof way to pare down your portions and prevent overeating. New Pearls® Olives to Go™ Black Pitted Olives are individually-packed, supplying just 35 calories for around 10 olives. Using a unique curing process, these rich, dark brown olives have a distinctive smooth, savory flavor and the perfect texture. Take snacking to a new level by pairing them with unsalted roasted almonds and baby carrot sticks.

Hydrate Healthy

Stay hydrated with plenty of water, unsweetened tea or coffee, sparkling seltzer or low-calorie beverages to help flush toxins, carry nutrients to cells and promote healthy skin. Refreshing Pure Leaf™ Unsweetened Iced Tea starts with fresh tea leaves that are picked at their ripest and then hand-selected by master tea blenders to give it a smooth and distinctive freshly-brewed taste. With its flavonoid antioxidant content, tea may impact heart health, cancer protection and metabolism.

Brighten Your Plate

Savor the bounty of fresh produce that the season has to offer. While mangos are available year-round, spring is their peak season. They are a source of more than 20 vitamins and minerals, an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber. A mango’s naturally sweet, tropical flavor can be used to enhance savory salsa, salads and spicy chutney. It also shines in sweet desserts, sauces, smoothies and drinks. To select a ripe mango, give it a gentle squeeze. If it’s slightly soft to the touch, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If you are new to slicing mangos, follow these steps:

  1. Slice off each side, just past the seed.
  2. Gently slice the flesh without breaking the skin.
  3. Scoop out slices and enjoy.

Fuel Up for Fitness

If getting fit is part of your spring cleaning checklist, fuel up with healthful carbohydrates before and after exercise to feel your best. Naturally gluten-free U.S-grown white and whole-grain brown rice are both sources of nutrient-rich complex carbohydrates that provide a steady stream of energy needed for activity. It’s also low in calories and contains no sodium or fat. Try batch-cooking rice to incorporate into soups, casseroles, salads and more throughout the week. With so many types of rice to choose from, you can change it up every time!

Snack Smart

Clean up your snacking habits to keep energy levels up and hunger down between meals. Smart snacking may also improve your intake of vitamins and minerals like folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. New Müller® Greek 100® Yogurt is packed in a unique two-chamber cup with decadent Greek-style yogurt on one side and add-ins like delicious fruit on the other side. An excellent source of calcium and a good source of protein, this yogurt is also gluten free and contains no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.

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