Whole Foods provided me with gift cards for this project
Keeping a healthy lifestyle for your family can be a bit difficult, especially if you are a family that is always on the go. Hustling from one activity to the next, making it to sporting games and music lessons, it can be easier to take a trip through the fast food lane than getting the time to eat a healthy meal at home. But healthy eating is crucial. It is the building blocks your children needs to learn and grow properly.
It is also important for you to lead a healthy lifestyle because your kids depend on you to be around for a long time. Making the commitment towards a healthier lifestyle is half the battle. But once you commit, you may not know where to begin. You need a kitchen pantry and fridge a healthy lifestyle makeover.
Clean Out the Fridge & Pantry
Kitchen pantry and fridge makeover have to start with detoxing you fridge and pantry. Take a good look at your food supply and throw away all that isn’t good for you. Candy (especially the Halloween candy from last year), pastries or anything high in sugar needs to be tossed. Removing the temptation is important. If it isn’t there, you won’t be tempted to give in and eat it. If you are wondering if you should keep an item, always ask yourself if it will help improve your overall health. If it isn’t, then it’s time to toss it out. Go through all the expiration dates of your condiments and other food items. This will help you clean out and create space for healthier foods to replace it.
TIP! Get a beautiful basket and keep your fruits up in the open for everyone to see and eat
TIP! Do not store tomatoes in a refrigerator. To keep fresh things fresh, get a basket and a liner (for ventilation).
Create a Smart Snack Bin
You love snacks, and so do your kids. However, since we on the middle of our kitchen pantry makeover, we can’t forget to “healthify” the snack area. Get a snack bin and fill it with healthy snacks – they will help keep you going and will support your healthy lifestyle. In your smart snack container, keep items that are high in protein and not super high in sugar. The easier the access is to healthy foods, the easier it will be to keep your family on healthy eating.
TIP! Discover New Grains. Are you a fan of quinoa? Check out Black Bean Spaghetti and Buckwheat.
TIP! Inspect your cereals. Dump the old ones. Switch to those that have less sugar. Sugary cereals are fun for the kids to eat, but have little value to offer.
Prepack Healthy Crockpot Meals in Advance
One of the biggest reasons why it is so hard for families to keep up with healthy eating is because of they feel the time it takes to make a healthy dinner meal is difficult. At the beginning of the week, set aside extra time towards creating prepacked healthy crockpot meals. Put these meals in a freezer locked bag and label it with the recipe name as well as the cooking instructions. Now you don’t have to worry about cooking a nutritious meal every day because all you have to do is pull out your meal of choice before leaving the house and put it in your crockpot. When you get home at the end of the day, there will be a hot and nutritious meal waiting for you when you get home!
TIP! Make sure to have healthy ingredients at home at all time and a real organization system to keep it easily accessible
My New Finds
Keep it interesting. Kitchen Pantry Makeover is not complete unless you can have fun with it – here are my newest finds (just so you know, all the products below came from the Container Store and Whole Foods:
Reset Surface Swipe by Kohler – looks like a great way for a quick clean
Stainless Steel Infusing Balls – use quality tea instead of tea dust in a traditional teas bags.
Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer to make noodles out of any vegetables
365 Everyday Value® Organic Chicken Broth to make sure you are only minutes away from a perfect bowl of soup when you need one.
RAO’s Homemade Marinara Sauce. It’s a quick pasta sauce, and it uses only natural ingredients – no high fructose corn syrup!
365 Everyday Value® Crunchy Peanut Butter – no sugar added and Non-GMO, still delicious and loved by my daughter.
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