Come January first, most people are all about eating healthier. But when February rolls around, those plans go right out the window. If you want to stick to your resolutions this year, it’s time to take a good look at your kitchen.
The Best Laid Plans
Start by ridding your kitchen of anything high in sodium, sugar, and trans fats, or anything overly processed. Food labels list the ingredients (the less, the better), plus helpful information on calories, number of servings, total carbs, fiber, fat, and nutrient content in the packaged foods you buy. Look at the food labels to determine what is a healthy choice — and what isn’t.
Make A List
Create a grocery list to replenish your kitchen with healthier food staples, such as whole grain pasta, brown rice, high-fiber cereals and beans, frozen vegetables, low-sodium chicken broth, lean meats, and high-protein yogurt, eggs and cheese. Also have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand, prepped and ready to eat when looking for a snack. Fresh, whole foods are always a smart choice.
Take It Easy
If you have a family, you should ease into this process slowly, especially if you have picky eaters in the house. To change your family’s eating habits for the better, you will need to determine what types of meals they enjoy the most, and swap out unhealthy ingredients with healthy alternatives that still taste great. Don’t scare them off by introducing a new way of eating all at once.
To add flavor to your meals (without all the salt), install a door mounted spice rack in a cabinet near the stove for easy access when cooking. A slow cooker can be a lifesaver for busy families, so put it to good use to avoid the temptation of take-out after a busy day. Browse the Internet for favorite recipes made healthier, like Healthy Slow Cooker Chili, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, or Slow Cooker Lo Mein.
While it’s important to eat healthy, don’t deprive yourself of the foods you love. Strict diets can set you up for failure. After all, food was meant to be enjoyed! With just a little planning, a touch of creativity, and a few simple swaps, you’ll be on your way to a healthier kitchen!
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