(Family Features) As days grow longer and temperatures rise, spring cleaning starts to creep to the top of the to-do list for many people. Spring is the perfect time to think about where things can be tidied up, and the kitchen can be a great place to start, especially if you’re looking to make room for healthier options.
Look no further than a store like ALDI, which offers high-quality food at affordable prices, including award-winning, wholesome, better-for-you foods. In fact, 40,000 shoppers voiced their choice in a national survey by global research agency Kantar TNS, and three ALDI-exclusive foods won the prestigious 2018 Product of the Year title.
Try these tips for healthy spring cleaning swaps for your pantry and fridge, and find more helpful ideas at aldi.us.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, reach for the fruit bowl instead of the candy bowl. Fresh fruits like apples, grapes and oranges can curb your craving for sweets without the extra sugar.
Grab Some Guac
For a simple and filling snack, swap out greasy chips and unhealthy dips for hearty veggies and a dip option like ALDI-exclusive Little Salad Bar Fresh Guacamole, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Spreads category. It comes in three creamy and delicious flavors: Chunky, Southwest and Pineapple Poblano.
Pass on the Pasta
Cut down on carbs by making your favorite pasta dishes with vegetable noodles instead of spaghetti. Try making “noodles” by peeling vegetable ribbons of zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots or cucumbers. Simply mix them with your choice of protein and top with a savory sauce for a feel-good twist on comfort food.
Go for Greek
Instead of conventional yogurt, pick a better-for-you Greek option with more protein. For example, ALDI-exclusive Friendly Farms Greek Yogurt Tilts, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Snack Cup category, contain low-fat Greek yogurt and delectable toppings that can be combined with just a tilt. The yogurt comes in two fun flavors: Crazy for Coconut and Key Lime Crunch.
Gain Some Grains
When choosing breads and grains, go for multigrain or whole-grain options instead of white. The same goes for rice. Brown rice and whole-grain foods have a higher nutritional value and keep you feeling full, thanks to the increased fiber content.
Pick Up Some Protein
Opt for snacks that can fill you up with protein and nutrients. Try an option such as ALDI-exclusive Elevation by Millville High Protein Bars, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Better-For-You Snacks category. They live up to their name with 20 grams of protein and 13 vitamins and minerals in each bar. They also come in two delicious flavors: Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
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