5 Effective set-ups that will inspire healthy eating habits
Our eating habits largely affect our lifestyle, and healthy food choices are vital to maintaining a healthy weight. Although it might be hard to stick to your plans, things are much easier when your kitchen is organised in a way that inspires healthy eating. These next couple of tips are the best thing since sliced bread, so be sure to incorporate them during your next kitchen revamp.
Put your fresh fruits and veggies on display
Let’s be honest – how many times have you walked into the kitchen with the intention of preparing a healthy meal and ended up grabbing a quick snack? Probably far too many. When your stomach is growling, you are susceptible to temptations, and any kind of food you can get your hands on will get eaten. So, the trick here is to remove the temptations. Hide all the sweets, snacks, and booze and display bowls of fresh fruits and veggies in different areas of your kitchen. Play around, be creative, and arrange your fruit bowls so that they look appealing. That way, the first thing you notice when you walk into your kitchen will be a work of natural art.
Bring in the herbs and the greenery
When it comes to healthy eating, it’s not all about making healthier food choices. It’s also about making better choices when it comes to seasoning your food, and what better way to get that fresh taste than to throw some fresh herbs into the mix? Fresh herbs can make any dish pop, and with a wide range of aromas, you can play around and cook up a unique dish every time. If there’s enough sunlight in your kitchen, you can easily grow your herbs there. Not only will greenery enliven your kitchen, but it’ll also ensure you cut back on salt and butter, thus helping you eat healthier.
Re-arrange your pantry and fill it with healthy options
As much as it is important to incorporate fresh foods into your diet, dried spices and foods are healthy pantry staples. Both fresh and dried herbs can enrich your meals in a healthy way, so you need to make room for both of them in your pantry. To be able to clearly see all your pantry items, you’ll need to do a proper clear-out and introduce different containers so that your foods retain their flavors. Be sure to get transparent spice jars for your dried herbs and spices so you can identify them easily, and get creative with storage containers for your nuts, dried fruits, and oats for better organization.
Organise your fridge in a smart way
Now that you’ve set up your pantry and filled your kitchen with fruits, veggies, and herbs, it’s time to tackle the fridge. Naturally, the first step would be to take out all the foods that are expired, unused, or aren’t much of a healthy option. Clear out all the foods that don’t really adhere to your health goals and open up the space for foods that are wholesome and healthy. Dedicate at least two drawers of your refrigerator to fruits and veggies only, limit the cheeses and dairy products, and stack meat on the bottom shelf so you can easily deal with leakage if it occurs.
Make a meal plan for the week
The final step needed to complete your great kitchen revamp is the one that will really make it count. Consistency is key, and in order for you and your family to stick to your goals, it would be wise to get a chalkboard where you can write all the meals for the week so your kids and spouse can see what goodies are coming the next day. You know what they say – it takes two to tango, so make sure you involve your family in the process of creating a meal plan. Ask everyone to pitch in and suggest some healthy meal ideas you can all enjoy.
Now that your healthy and inspiring kitchen is all set up, it should be much easier for you and your family to adopt healthy eating habits. Sure, it’ll take some time until you get used to the idea, but as we all know, all good things take time, and no matter how small of a step you take, if there is continuity, those small decisions will eventually lead you to your goal. Now, that’s some food for thought, don’t you agree?
About the author: Mike Johnston is an avid freelance writer and blogger. He is a regular contributor to numerous lifestyle blogs and online magazines, where he writes about interior design (his specialty!), travel, family, sustainable living and other related and unrelated topics. Mike’s goal is to create insightful and compelling content that will help readers navigate through these vast and ever-changing fields.