Keep Heathly Food Out In Front!

by kellylavieri on December 6, 2015

Make Healthy Food Easy to ReachOrganize your FRIG!

Trying to eat healthfully but overwhelmed by all the holiday goodies in your kitchen? Some simple refrigerator organizing steps can make it easier to make better choices during the busy, and on into the New Year. Organizing your refrigerator the healthy way makes improving your diet a lot easier

Here are four simple strategies to help you make the best choices this season and all year round.

1.) Move healthy food to the front of the frig, where you see it!

Stock up on pepper slices, carrot sticks, cut fruit, hummus, greek yogurt (not fat free), and hard-boiled eggs, and keep it all at eye level. Seriously, research shows that you are 3 times more likely to reach for healthy food if it’s on the middle shelf.

Go a step further and store carrots and celery in grab and go containers so you reach for those first when you open the frig. Move those foods you want to eat less of to the drawers. Cheese, luncheon meat, and sweets like pies, sweet drinks, and pudding, and other foods you want to cut back on, where you are less likely to see them, you know, “Out of sight, out of mind!”

2). Stock the Fridge With Healthy Drinks

Put a big picture of water in the frig and cut up mint, cucumbers, limes, ginger or fruit (see recipe on my blog @ kellylavieri.com). We are chronically dehydrated, so having right in front of you will help you stay hydrated and full! I have been experiments with Bai5, a low calorie drink infused with superfruit. I love the sparkling black cherry with lime. My son Josh love to mix the sparkling pineapple with the coconut flavor for a fun alcohol free/low calorie Pina Colada!

3). Keep high flavor Condiments on the Side Door

Have plenty of flavorful, healthy ingredients, such as salsa, exotic mustards, pesto, jarred garlic, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts on hand. They’re low in calories and fat and can be used as a base for sauces, dips for sliced raw veggies, and toppings for cooked lean meats or fish.

4). Don’t Forget to Healthy Up Your Freezer

Most people don’t realize that you can freeze just about anything. Cooked  chicken, individual egg white quiches, whole grains and beans can be frozen. Store one or two servings in individual plastic freezer bags and stack the bags on top of each other in the freezer. That way, you’ll always have the foundation for a quick healthy holiday meal.

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