Make Snack Time Easy...Clean that Produce!

I don't know about you, but snacking can be the downfall to any good diet. I love the saying, "If you buy good food, you will eat good food." My hubby will sometimes comment about how we never have anything OTHER than fruit and vegetables to snack on. I'm home all day with my son. I can't have bad food in the house otherwise there is a good chance I will snack on it! If you aren't prepared and have healthy, nutritious foods on hand, you can find yourself scrounging for any treat that may be in the house. I mean, I've been known to take a spoon to the container of brown sugar when I am really desperate...

I am really good at buying lots of produce. Getting it washed and put away is another story.  I know once I have it prepared, my family will eat it and snack on it instead of searching the pantry for a prepackaged item. My son LOVES fruit and my husband is pretty good about grabbing an apple or some carrots to accompany his lunch. Now that summer is here, we participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). That means for every week for the next 15 weeks or so we get a bag full of random produce that the farm has ready. It has been awesome this year with several heads of lettuce, kale, onions, peppers, herbs, garlic, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, and more! Between the fruit I have been purchasing and the veggies we get weekly, I have to be very diligent to make sure that I am getting all of this stuff cleaned and put into containers.

I always have the best intentions. I want my family to consume every last bit of produce that we buy. However, sometimes I find myself dragging my feet to get everything washed.

Yes, we eat this much in a week or less. Not pictured is our bowl of apples, pears, bananas, kiwis, and peaches!

Here are some tips to get your produce washed and prepped so they are ready to be that nutritious grab and go snack you need!

1. Don't put them away until they are clean. When I get home from the grocery store, I find if I put the produce in the fridge, it will sit in there a few days before I tend to it. If I leave it out on the counter, I will get it washed and put away that same day.

2. Fill the sink and soak 'em! With the exception of raspberries and blackberries (they sometimes get mushy), I will fill the sink full of soapy water. Yes, soapy. I toss everything into the sink and let it sit for awhile.

3. Use a non-toxic soap. I use Shaklee's Basic H to clean my fruit. Basic H is non toxic so it's not harmful when touching your produce, it cleans effectively, and it's not harmful to the earth once it's down the drain.

4. Rinse, bowl up, and enjoy! After the produce has soaked for a bit, rinse everything off, put it in a decorative bowl, and start snacking!

Sheesh. I wish you could see how dirty that water was in the end picture better. So gross! Gotta clean 'em!!

Thanks for checking us out! What are some snack time tips that you can share with us?

Tracy