When you’re attempting a healthier lifestyle, the easiest way to keep yourself on track is a healthy and fully stocked kitchen. Tackle those cupboards for a soon-to-be leaner and healthier you (and family).
The first thing you’ll need to do is trim off the extra fat. Get rid of any foods you may have that are high in saturated fat, preservatives, refined sugars and empty calories.
After this, you might find you don’t have much left. With that said, it’s time to create a grocery list: one that’s fulfilling and guilt free. Here are some staples that you’ll want to always have on hand to ensure healthy meals for you and your family:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Canned salmon
- Natural peanut butter
- Canned beans (pinto, kidney, chickpea or black beans)
- Your favorite, fresh veggies
- Fresh fruits/berries
- Frozen fruits/berries
- Canned tomatoes
- Fresh carrots
- Fresh spinach
- Whole grain cereals
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown rice
- Skim milk
- Non-fat or low-fat yogurt
Another way you can help keep your kitchen fit is by controlling the portions of what you and your family eat. There are lots of different products on the market that can help you do this. Try out re-sealable plastic containers or plates with portioned sections. Remember: the goal is to be aware of what you’re eating and knowing you’re getting enough, even if you think you want more.
Now, what to do about that pesky snacking habit you, your spouse or your children have? Note: snacking isn’t bad. Your body needs good, healthy snacks throughout the day. But, it’s when you’re snacking just for the fun of it that can harm your body. When you are keeping a clean-eating kitchen, the foods you snack on won’t leave you feeling bad. Think about it this way; your body has no limit on the vegetables it intakes, while cookies definitely have their limit. When you have carrots lying around, rather than potato chips, your body will thank you.
Some good snack options to keep around might include:
- Cheese cubes (preferably those made with 2% milk)
- Hummus with whole grain pita bread
- Cucumber slices
- Frozen edamame
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Graham crackers