If you have been waiting for the perfect moment to tweak your diet, ditch those unhealthy snacks and organize your cooking area – no time like the present! This sunny spring is a perfect opportunity to establish some ground rules in your diet and refresh your kitchen’s look with a few simple tips.
According to a recent study, you’d be surprised just how much your stacks of useless utensils and crowded tables affect your subconscious self and prevent you from finally sticking to your healthy eating resolutions. Let’s walk through some of the quickest spring-friendly tips to declutter and boost your nutrition!
First of all, clean out your kitchen cabinets of unnecessary, unhealthy snacks, and throw away those sauces, herbs and spices past their expiration date (we all have at least several packs of those!) and of course, rethink your baking materials and switch to a healthy alternative.
Unfortunately, if there’s any junk food in your kitchen, plus your space is poorly organized, you’ll always have easy access to unhealthy snacks which are designed to increase your craving for them, which will only make your healthy dieting difficult. Keep your kitchen stocked up on fresh, healthy snacks, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier diet!
Declutter your stocks
A clever storage strategy starts with rethinking your kitchen organization. More often than not, we tend to keep too many items on the counter, while stuffing our drawers with more items than we need and stacking long-lasting items on poorly organized shelves.
Hang your most used utensils close to your stove, and add hooks inside your cabinets for extra hanging space. Use angled drawer shelves for better visibility of smaller items such as spices, and use pull-out racks to organize your dishes and your cleaning supplies. Repurpose your glass jars to pack your nuts, seeds, and grains; which will encourage you to include them in your meals.
Back to the basics
Although it’s useful to have numerous cooking utensils at your disposal, you likely still use that unhealthy Teflon pan or cracked plates and cups that just take up space and support an unhealthy lifestyle. Get rid of the pots and pans with unhealthy coating and find multipurpose items that will come in handy in almost every cooking situation.
For instance, a multifunctional KitchenAid blender is a perfect addition to any kitchen, ideal for making those creamy smoothies, versatile sauces, and experiment with your own creative dips. Evaluate which tools you use on a daily basis, and give away or sell those that simply take up space.
Master meal prepping
Pick your favourite healthy food cookbook, such as Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver, and organize your week to spend a few hours in your now cleverly arranged kitchen to prep, pack and freeze your meals beforehand for as many days as possible.
In addition to food, glass boxes and a kitchen food scale will be all you need to make your meal prepping work. Follow your dietary guidelines and calorie needs to create a balanced meal plan, and you’ll save plenty of time if you set aside several days’ worth of meals to suit your needs, and of course, prepare your snacks, smoothies and other healthy beverages to complement your diet.
Simplify your grocery shopping
This one is old but gold – never skip following your grocery list! This will ensure quicker trips to the store, less money wasting and you’ll be less tempted to buy junk food items that will disrupt your new plan. Once you start preparing meals beforehand, your fridge will be stocked up with meal boxes and healthy snacks, but you also need to consider raw materials for your next round of cooking.
According to Lauren Slayton, the founder of Foodtrainers, about 30% of your fridge should always stay empty – this way, you will always have room to pack your leftovers and other foods. Organizing your groceries and keeping them in the fridge will also save you a few trips to the store, as your food will not go bad so quickly.
Perhaps taking the first few steps on this list seems the most challenging, but once you get a taste of a healthy lifestyle, you will be much more motivated and encouraged to follow through. Start your spring cleaning in your kitchen, stick to these healthy habits, and you will ensure that you don’t need to repeat the process the very next year!