5 ways to Prepare your kitchen Success

Kitchen prep for success

 

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.

Just like training for a 10km run requires a committed workout schedule  making the switch to lead an empowered choices lifestyle will also require a work out schedule but for our kitchen.

Step 1

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

What other ways do you prepare for kitchen and healthy choices success?
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Comments

  1. Monica says:

    Such a wealth of knowledge here! Thanks so much for sharing – you gave me so much to think about and so much of it truly starts in my own kitchen.

  2. a great post!! and something so simple as assess your kitchen is so important and fundamental but is often the most overlooked!!

  3. I love it! I’ve been in the process of purging my kitchen and pantry of all that non-healthy stuff for the last week… although I am having a hard time getting rid of the home made Christmas cookies still left. I am a cookie monster, and just can’t part with them yet. The plan is to send them to work on Wednesday with the hubs… wish me luck! =)

    Holly
    http://notdonegrowing.blogspot.com/

  4. Heather says:

    This is what we need to do. From hosting thanksgiving, to a birthday in between, our christmas party and then Christmas for ourselves our fridge is full of fattening leftovers that I frankly can’t wait to get rid of. But I can’t just throw it out. I eat it til it expires. That’s probably bad. But I am excited to start working out in the new year and eating better. Now I always think its hard to do that when the whole family isn’t on board. That is where I fail. My husband is a soda addict and candyaholic. I don’t drink soda, but find weakness in the candy and that is something he probably won’t get rid of, so I’ll have to see if he can hide it somewhere. ;)

  5. Kera says:

    Great post! You’re definitely right that a clean, organized kitchen is motivation to cook more and create new and inspired meals. Thanks!

  6. Great post, I need to organize my kitchen and pantry for sure to help me stay on track better.

  7. So important! I spent hours yesterday cleaning and organizing my cupboards. A fresh start to the year will always lead to healthy choices!

    Kerrie
    http://www.familyfoodandtravel.com

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