As summer ends and we head into fall it is time to think about how to set up for a successful year. When it comes to nutrition, it’s a great time to clean out the kitchen & pantry and start fresh. Here are a few tips to start you off:
- Out with the old: Assess the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Check expiration dates and get rid of anything that isn’t healthful, appealing or going to be eaten.
- Set up for success: Make a list by category of healthy foods & ingredient staples that are enticing. Make sure you include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, herbs & spices, so you can always prepare a meal or snack easily.
- Place things where you can see them: Fruits & veggies don’t do you any good tucked away in a drawer. Your colorful foods should be in your line of sight, both in the refrigerator & on the counter-top. Make berry or mixed fruit salads, cut up your favorite veggies, make grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and keep in clear containers on shelves everyone can see and grab easily.
- Simplify: We all lead busy lives so anything we can do to save time helps and this is especially important in the kitchen. Keep frozen fruits & veggies for shakes, soups or stews, buy pre-cut fruits & veggies to cut down on prep time, make small bags of nuts or homemade trail mix to grab & go for a snack.
- Plan Ahead: Knowing which days you can carve out time for food shopping, replenishing & cooking will help ease the stress and allow you to make better & conscious choices about what to eat.
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