Kitchen Makeover for Healthy Eating
Your kitchen can help you eat in a ways that are more healthy—and satisfying. Here are some ideas to help you set up for success.
An organized kitchen means it's easier to…
Cook: When you have everything you need at your fingertips, preparing snacks and meals is a breeze.
Shop: When your kitchen is organized, it’s easier to take an inventory of what you have so you can create your shopping list. When you get home from the store or market, putting groceries away is much simpler.
Clean up and share chores: The consistency of an organized kitchen invites more people to be involved in upkeep, so you can share responsibilities more easily and have less conflict over chores.
Eat well: Organization in the food-making process--shopping, cooking, and clean-up--means you’ll do it all more often and with more pleasure, supporting your goals for healthy eating.
Entertain: Kitchen angst can discourage hosting. But with fewer headaches in your way, you’ll be more excited to share the fruits of your healthy kitchen with friends and family!
Some tips to get you started:
Start with one or two foods or drinks that are high calorie and low in nutrition. First, plan a healthier choice and make sure you have it on hand. Then, plan to get rid of the tempting items.
Put healthy choices where you'll see them first. Fruits and veggies should be at the front of your fridge, at eye level.
In your cupboard or pantry, put healthier snacks, such as nuts, in the front. Most processed snacks, including bars, chips, crackers, and cookies that make health claims really aren't healthy options. Fruit with nut butter or veggies with hummus are much better options.
Remove food that does not support your health goals. Clear out—and don’t bring home—processed foods and anything with a complicated list of ingredients. But remember, you'll need to have better options available, so bring those home first. Try to focus on foods without labels.
Say no to foods that have a lot of added sugar, including high fructose corn syrup. Some common culprits: sugary cereals, snack bars, cookies, cake mixes, and sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, and fruit drinks.
Stock up on kitchen tools that help you prepare more fruits and veggies. Things like good knives, a cutting board, a grill pan, and a blender help you prepare fresh produce for meals and snacks.
Divide and conquer, with the help of storage containers and zip-lock bags. Pre-portion single serving snacks. Prep veggies for several meals at one time, then refrigerate them.
Put away the deep-fat fryer. Baking, grilling, streaming, and stir-frying are healthy ways to cook.
Some other fun products that you may enjoy
Countertop grill: Allows for quick preparation of lean meats, fish, and poultry.
Toaster oven: Wonderful for small meals or reheating leftovers.
Blender: Helpful with pureeing vegetables for sauces or soups, and makes great smoothies too!
Digital kitchen scale: Supports portion control.
Mandoline or food processor: Easy to cut raw vegetables for meals.
Instant-read digital thermometers: Easily tells you when meat is cooked correctly, and when your leftovers are heated appropriately to 165 degrees.
Organizing your kitchen will take some time and effort, but it’s a smart investment in your health and well-being!