Is your fridge in desperate need of a Spring cleaning? Sick of reaching for something healthy and coming up with mystery leftovers? It’s time for a refresh. We’re sharing our tips and tricks for stocking your fridge for a full week of healthy eating. How you organize your fridge is often just as important as what’s in your fridge. Studies show we’re more likely to reach for what’s right in front of us because well, it’s convenient. After a long day of work or first thing in the morning we’re not trying to play hide and seek just to find the healthiest options.
Healthy Fridge Tip 1 - Eyes up
Try organizing your fridge by putting the healthiest, and most frequently eaten foods at eye level. We’re talking fresh cut fruits and veggies, perfect for throwing in a stir fry or as a quick snack. Or maybe whip up some of the High Fiber Protein Fat Balls. They satisfy those chocolate cravings with a boost of bonus nutrition, and if you put them front and center you just might forget that pint of ice cream buried in the freezer. Work your way down and keep things simple. Snacks and easy grab-and-go foods for in between meals or quick breakfasts should be easily accessible. Low-fat yogurts, homemade hummus, and nut butters are the perfect pairs for fruits and veggies and are guaranteed to keep you full until your next meal.
Healthy Fridge Tip 2 - Drawers
Let’s talk drawers. Is it just us or do the drawers in your fridge look more like a black hole after a few hands have been in it? Try keeping the “meats and cheeses” drawer full of bags of prepped fruit. Next time you’re running out the door it will be a lot easier to snag a baggie full of berries, melon balls, or kiwi. Save those bottom drawers for whole fruits and veggies. Leafy greens like spinach, swiss chard, and kale are packed with vitamins and fiberand are the perfect versatile ingredients. They can be added to smoothies and smoothie bowls (try this recipe!), steamed, sautéed, or eaten raw. When shopping for veggies the more colorful the better! Carrots, beets, and peppers are all perfect options that can be easily added to any meal.Fruits, fruits, and more fruits! Apples, citrus fruits, and melons offer the perfect amount of your daily vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants to keep your body and brain functioning at optimum levels. Try adding freshly sliced pears or apples to your salad or sandwich at lunchtime for an added natural sweetness and vitamin boost mid-day.
Healthy Fridge Tip 3 - Condiments
We put condiments into three categories: the good, the bad, and the what is that?Opt for homemade salad dressings and marinades to avoid the high levels of unhealthy fats, sodium, and preservatives that often come with store bought condiments. Give these 6 simple salad dressings a try and you’ll never go back. When it comes to other condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, sauces, and even jams and jellies make sure you’re reading the labels. Try buying organic if you can. We like to keep those guilty pleasure condiments out of sight in the bottom shelf of the door.
Healthy Fridget Tip 4 - Liquid fuel
Skip the soda aisle next time you’re cruising through the grocery store. Opt for filtered water, kombucha, seltzer, or cold pressed juices when you’re into something sweet. Nutmilks are an amazing and delicious alternative to dairy. Orgain Almondmilk is great for cooking, breakfast cereals, overnight oats, or simply as a protein-packed beverage. Why not keep a pitcher of lemon water ready and chilled? Adding cucumber, mint, or fresh berries to your water will make staying hydrated more appealing. Remember, the cleaner the food, the cleaner the fridge. Make healthy decisions easier by keeping your fridge tidy and clean foods front and center. Happy spring cleaning!