By now you are probably pretty aware of some of the food traps that sabotage your healthy eating but did you know that how you organize your fridge could also be working against you? Follow these tips and your fridge can be your ally in your weight loss journey.
1. Put Snack Pairings Together
Keep smart snack food combos together. Keep the almond butter next to the apples, for example. It will remind you of your great snack options and makes them really fast and easy to assemble.
2. Hydrate Your Herbs
Keep your herbs like cilantro and parsley stem down in a cup of water and cover it with a plastic bag. Change the water every few days and this will help keep the herbs fresh longer. AND seeing them will make you want to use them which means better tasting, healthier food.
3. Pick Minis For Trigger Food
If there are certain foods you love but don't want to overdo, store them in serving size containers. If you love avocado say, keep some guacamole in a small container so it is perfect for dipping veggies or a taco salad. You can do this with anything that triggers you like cheese or chocolate.
4. Move Back Your Comfort Foods
Put less healthy foods in opaque containers and slide them to the back of the fridge. If you can't see it, you will be less tempted to reach for it first.
5. Store Cooked Grains
Keep your cooked grains like quinoa in the fridge with a half cup measuring cup. It is hard to eyeball amounts with cooked grains so this will prevent you from over serving.
6. Stop Back Up Vegetables
Jarred vegetables like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and pickled beets can be your friend. If you're super busy they make a great addition to salads or soups and have zero prep time.
7. Get Spicy
Keep some spicy salsa on hand. It is full of flavour and nutrients and contains few calories. Try it on a baked potato.
8. Stash a Multitasking Condiment
Grainy Dijon mustard is a very versatile condiment. It is low calorie with a really wonderful flavour. It is great for salads and marinades and can be used to replace some, or all, of the mayo in a recipe. Try Dijon in your tuna salad, for example.
9. Lighten Up Juice
Cut your juice with seltzer. As soon as you get home with the juice, fill a pitcher with 1/3 juice and 2/3 seltzer. The bubbles keep it tasting interesting while you cut the calories per cup.
10. Keep a Natural Sweetener
Keep a fruit sweetened jam on hand. They are relatively low on sugar and of course go great with peanut butter or make a wonderful topping for your oatmeal.
11. Choose Good Cheese
Pick hard cheeses like Parmesan and Asiago because you have to actually grate them when you add them to dishes so you are far more aware of the amount you are using. Great for portion control.
12. Save The Date
To make sure your left over fruits and vegetables get eaten, write the date on the outside of the package so you know how long they have been in there.
13. Spa-ify Your Water
Keep large pitchers of water infused with mint or ginger and seasonal fruit or citrus slices. It is a great way to stay hydrated without all the extra calories and it looks beautiful which will make you want to have some. Keep it right up front and visible.
14. Think Outside the Crisper
You are more likely to eat what you can see. Unfortunately, we often give our favourite unhealthy foods the top shelf space. Store some veggies up there, instead of in the crisper.
15. Buy Yogurt in Bulk
Buy a tub of Greek yogurt. It is a great breakfast staple but also works really well as a substitute for fattening spreads like sour cream and cream cheese.
16. Have Quick Protein Handy
At the beginning of the week, boil a bunch of eggs. They make a nutritious, high protein snack option. Not to mention how easy they are to add to a breakfast wrap or a salad if you were looking to make a full meal.
17. No More Wasted Food
Once a week, scan your fridge for food that needs to be used. That can of tomato paste or your tub of yogurt. Move these things to the front. It will force you to use them and prompt you to cook at home which is, more often than not, healthier than eating out.
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