Foodie Spring Cleaning – 14 Tips to Healthify Your Kitchen
When it comes to proper dieting and living a healthier lifestyle, cooking healthy and delicious food at home really is important. And where else are you going to prep all that good stuff than in your own humble kitchen? Unfortunately for many of us, our kitchen ain’t exactly the ideal place to do this for a bunch of different reasons. No matter if yours is too cluttered with old appliances or plain and badly stocked with junk food and stuff that’s well past its expiry date, we’ve got 14 foodie spring cleaning tips to easily healthify your kitchen!
#1 Out With The Old
Clear out all that out of date stuff and, of course, in with the new.
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#2 Out With The Junk
While you’re at it, make sure your kitchen is rid of unhealthy stuff, so that you can hit your diet goals without any pesky temptations lying around.
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Once you’ve established order in the cupboards it’s time to have a new mantra for maintaining them: first in, first out. Make sure you don’t waste anything by making sure you use up old stuff first and replenish items accordingly.
#4 Keep It Simple
Stock your kitchen with healthy and basic essentials. This is the hallmark of a healthy kitchen because these stables are necessary for cooking healthily at home. Think canned beans, eggs, fruit and veg, quinoa or couscous, whole grain rice, tinned tuna and salmon, and spices & herbs for seasoning.
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#5 Stock Healthy Convenience
A healthy kitchen doesn’t have to be devoid of convenience foods, just make sure they’re better for you. Try keeping whole grain and fibre-rich cereal, seeds, nuts, and always fruit in stock.
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#6 Order in The Kitchen
Make your cooking a whole lot less stressful by organising everything in your cupboards and fridge into categories. For example, put stuff together according to cuisine (Italian, Indian), product (canned, grains), or even nutrient type (healthy carbs, protein).
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Another tip to make life in the kitchen easier, labeling everything clearly will make it a cinch to find what you’re looking for quickly. You can also keep a better eye on expiry dates this way.
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#8 Fill The Freezer
Frozen food last forever. Make sure you always have something in your freezer, so that a healthy meal or side is always available.
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#9 Cut The Clutter
Nobody would want to cook up a killer healthy meal if there’s no available counter space. Clear that clutter!
#10 Love Your Lemons
Use this glorious fruit to disinfect chopping boards and surfaces and make your fridge smell fresh!
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#11 Vinegar Descale
Spruce up your kettle, tea pot or coffee canister and clean up that manky scale by filling it with water and adding in half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit overnight and the mild acid will have your kettle looking brand-spanking new inside!
#12 Remind Yourself To Make Better Foodie Choices
Display healthy cookery books and food stuffs in plain sight, and please just ditch old or unhealthy appliances altogether. Replacing a microwave with a juicer, for example, and leaving it on the countertop, will incentivise you to use it more frequently and make healthier eating choices.
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#13 Prep Your Veg
Take a bit of time out of your busy week to prep veg in advance and store it in resealable bags. That way, when it comes to making a meal you already have the good stuff ready to go!
#14 Sort Out Your Portion Distortion
People inevitably serve bigger portions when they use large plates, so opt for smaller ones in your kitchen to limit your meal size.