Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of all that old junk you don’t need or use anymore. The clothes that don’t fit, those old broken appliances and tools that don’t work, and all those old CDs and movies you no longer listen, too.
But cleaning out your dresser drawers, garage and closets shouldn’t be the only places you tackle when spring cleaning this year – especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
Nope. If you’re looking to drop some pounds, you’ll want to clean out that kitchen, too, and give yourself a brand new, healthy slate on which to start your journey.
How to Spring Clean Your Kitchen
Ready to spring clean that kitchen, and get back on the road to being healthy? Well, I’ve got some tips that can help. Heed these, and you’ll be on your way to a slimmer you in no time.
- Start with old and expired items – First and foremost, get rid of any items that are past their expiration dates. These aren’t healthy to consume, and they could even make you sick. Toss them in the trash, and don’t even consider eating or cooking with them again. Even unopened or refrigerated items can be dangerous!
- Throw out the junk – Next, throw out any items that aren’t good for you, as well as any foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. If you can’t say it out loud, you can bet it’s not a natural ingredient, and it’s not something you should be putting in your body. If they’re not expired donate them to a local food pantry or shelter before opting to throw them out. Someone in need may be able to use them.
- Refill it with healthy staples – Fill up your pantry and fridge with healthy staple items, like nut flours, raw honey, nut and nut milks, almond butter, tamari and other must-haves. You’ll need these when cooking, and you don’t want to be forced to use full-fat dairy, white flour or other unhealthy ingredients.
- Add healthy quick fixes – Make sure you add in some healthy convenience foods, too. Puffed brown rice crackers are a great choice, as are dried berries, trail mixes (no M&Ms in it!), and dried edamame. Steer clear of the chip aisle, and make yourself some kale or zucchini chips instead. For a sweet treat, baked apple chips and dip them in some almond butter. The main point? Have some easy, fast and healthy foods you can grab on the go.
- Fill the freezer – Stock your freezer with as much healthy food as you can. Proteins like salmon, tuna, chicken and turkey can keep for months when frozen, and so can fresh and already frozen produce. Grab bags of peas,, edamame, strawberries and any other fruit or veggie you like, and pop a serving or two in the freezing. You never know when you might want a healthy snack or side. As you know organic products are the best for our health.
- Get organized – Finally, organize your pantry and fridge so you can find what you need, when you need it. There’s nothing worse than not finding the ingredients you need for a recipe. That’s when you go calling Pizza Hut or getting drive-thru food that’s just terrible for your body. Develop a system to organize all your food items, and label anything lose or in jars that isn’t already labeled. Then, make sure your family know how everything should be stored and organized, too, so they can help you keep it on track.
If you really want to lose weight, the next step after spring cleaning your kitchen is to get to meal planning. Sit down and map out the meals and snacks you’ll eat for the next week or two, and then hit the grocery store. When you get home, unpack it all, cut and prep your veggies, and make staying on track as easy as possible for you and your family. This will prevent you from giving into cravings or going off the wagon halfway through the week.
Make sure not to head to the grocery store hungry either, as this is a sure-fire way to come home with tons of items you just don’t need. Eat a healthy snack before heading out the door, and make sure you’re not tempted by the food you see in the aisles (or those little samples they hand out for free!)
Jumpstart Your Health Now
Do you want to jump-start your weight loss and start feeling better about your health today? Then get to spring cleaning that kitchen now. Clear out all that nasty junk your body doesn’t need, and get back on track to a healthier, happier you.
Have you started spring cleaning your home yet? If so, did you tackle the pantry, fridge and kitchen? Let me know in the comments.
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Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!