As part of the 30 Day Real Food challenge some preparation ahead of time is in order. As the finale of the holiday celebrations are approaching I take one look at my kitchen and realize that there are still a copious amount of leftovers all deliciously sweet and not at all conducive to my healthy eating plan.
Kitchen makeover: Set yourself up for success by preparing your kitchen in making it more healthy choices friendly.
Assess your kitchen
Take note of what’s in your pantry, cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. This assessment will allow you to see what foods you have on hand for near future recipes and which items have or will expire soon.
Avoid wasting food
Now that you have noted and checked all the above mentioned places in your kitchen bring all leftovers and soon-to-expire food to the front of the cupboard and/or fridge. Try to incorporate these foods into your menu this week.
Remove the temptations
After any holiday it is easy to do a super shop and pick up extra’s that you won’t normally have in your house. Clean out your kitchen from any future temptations such as those pesky items that may secretly be hiding in the back of the pantry. Starting out with a clear slate/shelf will help guide you towards making healthier empowered choices.
- Make a note to replace old go-to treats with healthier options such as a fruit.
Clean your kitchen
Minimize to maximize. A de-cluttered kitchen will help spark the inclination to cook. Who knows it may also help you be more creative with your meals. If anything a clean de-cluttered kitchen may only be psychological but still nice for a fresh start to your healthy lifestyle change..
Display your produce
Healthy choices that are convenient and readily available are more likely to be eaten first. Add visual appeal to your newly revamped kitchen counter tops with a punch of vibrant colors from a variety of fruit.
Okay, now that the kitchen is ready, it’s time to start menu planning by sourcing out a few recipes from a few of my favorite cookbooks, websites and blogs.
Stay tuned for Step 2: Menu planning tips