How To Set Up Your Kitchen for Healthy Eating
Looking to eat healthier in the New Year? If so, you might be surprised to learn how organizing your kitchen can have a big impact on sticking with a diet plan. When you set up your kitchen for healthy eating, establishing and maintaining good eating habits are easy. A cluttered kitchen filled with ‘red flag’ foods can really sabotage your diet.
Here are some simple tips for setting your kitchen up for healthy eating and weight loss success:
Shelf The Sweets
Stash away the chips, cookies, and other unhealthy snack foods, or better yet, clear them out of your kitchen altogether!
Purchase A Kitchen Scale
A small, inexpensive digital kitchen scale is a must-have tool in every healthy kitchen. ‘Eyeballing’ the recommended portion size for lean proteins like chicken breast, tuna, and other meats can be hard. Look for a scale that has a ‘tare’ feature which allows you to weigh items directly on your serving plate.
Have Measuring Cups and Spoons Handy
Healthy eating is all about portion size, so be sure to have one or two measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons handy.
Make Room In The Refrigerator
Healthy foods like fresh greens, vegetables, lean proteins and fruits can take up lots of space in the fridge, so be sure to make room! You’ll be more likely to reach for healthy foods if they’re easy to grab when hunger strikes.
Sharpen Up Your Knives
Preparing healthy foods often means peeling, slicing, and dicing, so you’ll need to have a few good-quality, sharp knives on hand. A paring knife and a chef’s knife are must-haves. A sturdy vegetable peeler is also handy for prepping carrots, apples, potatoes, and cucumbers. If you’re really adventurous, consider investing in a mandoline slicer for paper-thin, picture-perfect slices of your favorite meats, cheeses, and veggies!
Have A Good Non-Stick Pan on Hand
Preparing low-fat proteins like chicken breast, fish fillets, and lean steak is easy when you have a high-quality non-stick frying pan in your kitchen arsenal. Look for a pan rated for temperatures of 450 degrees or higher – that way, you can use the pan on the stovetop, and inside your oven.
After undergoing bariatric surgery such as LAP-BAND, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve, you’ll be eating much smaller portion sizes than prior to your weight loss procedure. When setting up your kitchen for healthy eating, consider investing in smaller-sized dinner plates and serving bowls to match your new serving sizes.