Trying to lose a few pounds or simply boost your nutritional intake? Well, what you eat and how you eat all starts with how you stock and organize your kitchen. These foundational steps will put you on the path to a cleaner diet and an all-around healthier lifestyle.
1. Lose the preservatives. The reason that loaf of bread and box of crackers in the cabinet lasts so long is because they’re loaded with preservatives. But all those ingredients you can’t pronounce on the nutrition label are really bad for you. Opt for organic breads or buy them fresh from the bakery, then freeze them. Sliced options let you conveniently grab just the servings you need at any given time.
2. Buy then eat. Do you often encounter a rotten tomato or two at the bottom of your vegetable bin? To avoid the common problem of being unable to consume fruits and veggies before they go bad, get into the habit of swinging by the grocery store or produce stand on the way home from work and buy just what you need for that evening and lunch the next day. Not only will this prevent food waste, it will ensure you’re consuming these nutrient-rich foods in their freshest possible state.
3. Store properly. Fruits and vegetables should be removed from those plastic grocery bags before being stored in your fridge. Remember to store fruits and vegetables separately, on different shelves or in different bins.
4. Grow your own. You don’t need to have a green thumb to grow a few of your own cooking ingredients, such as herbs. A sunny window can provide all the tools you need to grow basics such as basil, oregano and rosemary.
5. Keep food organized and accessible. It’s one thing to buy the right foods, but if they get lost in the recesses of your fridge, what’s the point? Wash and chop fruits and vegetables and place them in clear plastic containers at eye level. Buy healthy snacks like yogurt, hummus and nut butters in grab-and-go friendly sizes.
With these few small adjustments you’ll be on your way to a healthier way of life in no time!