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Spring is a time for cleaning and renewal.

tomato-saladSpring is a time for cleaning and renewal. We do it with our house, our wardrobe and even our foods.

The concept of eating clean is simple; eat foods that are as close to their natural state as you can get.Michael Pollan author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto provides some advice for this back to basics eating. He says, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” And “Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.”

Our bodies are inundated with so much noise on a daily basis, it makes sense to take a moment and pare our food down to the basics. This means finding foods that are good quality, fresh, in season and most importantly fun to eat.

Utilizing this approach to cooking and your diet is a matter of beginning each dish with a great idea and fresh ingredients.

For example, begin with a Florida tomato. They are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that help nourish your body, can be used in a variety of ways and they can be enjoyed as is or partnered with a few key items.

capelliniServe up flavorful dishes that are rustic, like capellini alla puttanesca on the lighter side like a chopped salad, or just wash and bite.

Tomatoes enjoyed in the simplest form, using just a few ingredients to highlight their flavor will give you meals that are clean, healthy, and will put a spring in your step.

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