Spring Clean Eating

Clean eating is about eating more of the healthiest options in each of the food groups and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means using whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. Eating clean also also means cutting back on refined grains, pesticides, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats and large amounts of sugar and salt. Even if you only take a few steps toward eating cleaner—it can still make a positive impact on your health.

Farmer’s markets are a great place to find these healthy options without breaking the bank. Heading to the farmers’ market? Here’s what to look for to select the tastiest produce.

Bell Peppers

How to select: Peppers should have smooth skin and feel heavy for their size.
How to store: Keep refrigerated in a plastic bag and eat within 5 days.
Pairs well with: Quinoa, couscous, corn, beans, eggplant, onions, cilantro, beef, chicken

Corn

How to select: Ears should have green husks and fresh-looking silks. 
Keep it fresh: Keep refrigerated in the husk for up to 2 days.
Pairs well with: Cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, feta cheese, black beans, chiles, scallions, bell peppers

Green Beans

How to select: Look for slender, bright green beans that snap easily when bent. 
Keep it fresh: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Wash just before using.
Pairs well with: Corn, tomatoes, garlic, almonds, chiles, soy sauce, sesame seeds, radishes

Strawberries

How to select: Choose bright red berries with no white around the stem and bright, unwilted green caps.
Keep it Fresh: Place in a shallow container, cover loosely and refrigerate up to 2 days. Wash just before using, as moisture leads to quicker spoilage.
Pairs well with: Spinach, arugula, shallots, corn, raspberries, blueberries, feta, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, basil, mint, quinoa, couscous

Geary Community Hospital sponsors a Farmer’s Market here in Junction City. For more information contact Ms. Davies at ndavies@gchks.org.

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