Are you trying to lose weight? It’s time to clean up your act with these kitchen organizing tips:
Kick junk food to the curb
We understand that you may be the only person in your household that’s on a healthy eating plan, and that’s okay. Don’t think that you have to completely eliminate sugar from your kitchen. You can set yourself up for success by putting your junk food in a low traffic area. Out of sight, out of mind. Try putting less healthy snacks in a cupboard that is too high to reach without a chair, or putting it downstairs in your pantry so it’s more of an effort to eat unhealthily. Slowly but surely, weed junk food out of your diet and replace it with healthier habits. Trust us, no one will miss regular ice cream when introduced to one ingredient banana ice cream.
Examine expiration dates
Refrigerated foods are often the most perishable. The salad dressing that you thought was invincible cannot stand the test of time. We recommend that you date your food items. Did you make a chicken stir fry last night? Put a date on the tupperware so you can gauge how old it is when you find it hiding at the back of the fridge. (Also, avoid using a Sharpie right on the tupperware. Stick a piece of tape on the tupperware and write over the tape.) The same goes for freezing meats. Empty out your entire fridge and freezer. Dispose of anything that’s expired and if you’re not sure, toss it just in case. Before you put everything back in, clean the shelves and line the drawers. Once you have a clean slate, restock the fridge and create a list of healthy additions such as salsa, tahini, and mustard. Once you’re done with the fridge, repeat the same process with your cupboards and freezer.
How to Shop for Success
Shop the perimeter
Ever wonder why you’re always told to shop the outskirts of the super market? Simple: it’s because these points have the easiest access to delivery trucks. Produce, meat, and dairy deliveries occur almost daily, so you can be sure that what you’re getting off the shelf is fresh. These perishable items tend to be healthier than the processed foods in other aisles. Don’t completely forget about the middle aisles, however. These provide staples that help tie meals together such as rice or snacks like nutrition bars.
How many times have you gone to the store to pick up something, only to realize you already had some at home? Take inventory of your fridge, cupboards, and pantry before heading to the store to avoid unnecessary waste (and expense!) Also, pay attention to what your family likes and doesn’t like. It’s not worth buying a particularly healthy item that no one actually eats.
Stock up on staples
Need to make a meal in a pinch? Be sure to keep staples such as whole grain pasta, brown rice, and cartons of veggie/chicken broth on hand. Don’t skimp on spices or condiments. These help flavor your meal without adding too many extra calories.
Eat before you go
“Hello, it’s me,” a bag of potato chips calls to you as you’re perusing the aisle, and you can’t help but take it home with you. You know better than to be picking up this kind of food, but it’s easy to get tempted when you’re hungry. Prevent unhealthy impulse buys by snacking before you shop.
Go once a week
Not only will limiting your trips to the grocery store save you time and money, you’ll also have fewer opportunities to impulse buy junk food. Before you make your weekly trip, we recommend that you plan your meals out in advance. Once you know what’s on the upcoming menu, make your list and hit the store!