Happy Monday! After a long and busy weekend full of a relatives wedding activities I’m glad I had the day off from work today! It gave me the opportunity to get all the things I usually get done on the weekends. I cleaned and cleaned some more!! It was a lovely day outside so I opened the windows, put on my favorite playlist and went to town.
Although I personally got this chore done on a previous weekend, one of the best things you can do to start your spring cleaning is to clean out that refrigerator! Get rid of all the foods that are expired, organize all those condiments and stock up on veggies and fruits. If you organize your refrigerator you are more likely gravitate towards the healthy foods!! Don’t let the clutter work against all that hard work you are putting in to keep yourself healthy and fit. Here are 13 ways to skinny up your fridge:
1. Put snack pairings together: Keep the almond butter next to the apples to keep yourself reminded of healthy alternatives
2. Hydrate your herbs: Keep your herbs in a glass on the windowsill. If they are in a visible space, you are more likely to use them!
3. Pick mini’s for trigger foods: store serving-size containers of guacamole, cheese, even chocolate so you don’t over indulge
4. Move back your comfort foods: hide the comfort foods BEHIND the healthy foods so you don’t see them as soon as you open up the refrigerator
5. Store cooked grains (if you eat grains): Just like the serving-size containers of foods, do the same with grains so you don’t over indulge.
6. Stock back-up vegetables: Store pre-cut veggies in containers or jars. When you are on they go they are easy to grab or to throw into a salad
7. Stash a multi-tasking condiment: for example: Grainy Dijon mustard is low-calorie and adds a savory, rustic flavor. Use it in salad dressings and marinades and in place of some—or all—of the mayo called for in a recipe.
8. Lighten up juice: Add water or seltzer water to juice to cut the calories
9. Choose a good cheese: Buy blocks of hard cheeses, such as Parmesan and Asiago, because you have to physically shred them with a grater when you’re using them in recipes or as a garnish. This makes you very aware of just how much cheese you’re adding, which helps with portion (and calorie) control.
10. Save the date: Make sure to write the dates on all food that could go back within a couple days or weeks. Keep your fridge freshly stocked.
11. Spa-ify your water: infused your water with mint or ginger and in-season fruit or citrus slices in the fridge up front. It usually lasts a couple of days, and it’s a great way to stay hydrated without lots of sugar or calories.
12. Have quick protein handy: Just like pre-cutting your veggies, you can boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of the week for a high-protein, satisfying and nutritious option that’s easy to grab and g
13. No More Wasted Food: Once a week, take a look at the dates on all your foods. Pull out the ones that are close to expiring and use them! It will keep you at home in the kitchen versus ordering out.