With spring in full swing, it’s hard to resist the urge to sweep out the old cobwebs and dust bunnies and start fresh with a clean slate. After all, all around you nature is doing the same.
But why should spring cleaning stop with the house? There’s no better time to freshen up your old routines too. And unlike all those windows you still need to do, this cleaning job won’t take hours.
Spring cleaning your routine couldn’t be easier!
In fact, with each of these five super simple swaps you’re just a minute away from giving yourSELF a spring cleaning.
1. Swap potato chips for jicama chips:
If you’ve struggled to give up the crunchy, salty satisfaction of potato chips, I feel your pain. I’m a salty snack person too. But you’re going to LOVE this solution.
Swap out those unhealthy potato chips for homemade jicama chips. You’ll find the tuber in the produce section. It looks a bit like an overgrown potato.
Peel the hard skin off the outside and then slice it thin like a potato chip. A mandolin works well for this. (You can cut the jicama into match sticks, if you prefer.)
- Toss the chips in a bowl with a little olive oil and Himalayan or sea salt. Add lime juice and some chili powder for extra punch if you like.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the chips in a single layer on the sheet.
- Bake at 390 degrees for 30 minutes, turning them halfway through.
With this fresh and tasty alternative, I promise you’ll never miss those over-processed, high-carb potato chips.
And the jicama chips aren’t just delicious either. The nutrients in jicama support a healthy immune system, and can help improve your circulation and brain health too.
2. Swap diet soda for hibiscus tea:
If you still haven’t given up the diet soda, now, while you’re doing a bit of spring cleaning, is the perfect time. And nothing goes better with warm weather than a tall, refreshing glass of iced tea.
But to make this swap special try brewing some hibiscus tea. This tart, uplifting tea is delicious served hot or over ice. Mix it with seltzer if you want to add some bubbles.
Hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants, which means with every sip you’re battling damaging free radicals. And it can help relieve the bloating that comes from a long winter of indulging too much while moving too little.
3. Swap white flour for green banana flour:
It’s always a good idea to limit the amount of baked goods you eat. But it’s natural to want to indulge from time to time. And swapping refined white flour for green banana flour allows you to do that.
Plus you’ll be gaining some extra health benefits. Green banana flour is a good source of magnesium, potassium and fiber. And as a resistant starch, it can help you avoid blood sugar spikes.
When baking with green banana flour use about 25 percent less than the white flour the recipe calls for. You can pick some up at your local health food store, or order online.
4. Swap white potatoes for purple potatoes:
Potato salad is a warm weather staple. And even when you’re watching your carbs, it’s not likely you’ll make it through the entire spring and summer season without making a few batches.
So why not transform your regular potato salad into a super salad with one simple swap? Trade in your white potatoes for the purple variety.
Purple potatoes are swimming in antioxidants and phytonutrients that their pale cousins are lacking. And scientists say they may help slash your risk of colon cancer.
Purple potatoes can be used anywhere you would use white potatoes without the guilt. They’re showing up in the produce section of many mainstream grocery stores these days. Or try your local farmer’s market.
5. Swap vegetable oil for olive oil:
If you’re still using vegetable oils such as canola, corn, soybean or cottonseed it’s time to dump them from your diet. They may sound healthy, but they’re over refined junk. Vegetable oils are high in inflammation promoting omega-6s, and bad for your heart health.
Swap those veggie oils for organic, cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, so it’s great for higher temperature cooking. And olive oil is a delicious and healthy addition to your cool dishes.
This season, don’t just stop with spring cleaning your home. Spring clean your body too, with these five simple 1-minute swaps.