10 Kitchen Tips for a Lighter Healthier You

Here are some easy kitchen tips you can do to help lose weight and/or just feel great!

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1.  Keep fruits and veggies as easy to grab as a bag of chips.

Wash ’em, cut ’em and store them in reusable containers in your refrigerator so that they are always accessible to you for a snack.  Another tip to hack your brain is to keep them at eye level, up front so that they are the first thing you see when opening the fridge door.

2.  Keep a big container of prepared salad.

Salads are a super way to fill up before the main course of a meal, but for those of us who are lazy, preparing a salad each time makes us way less likely to take advantage of the benefits.  A good way to get over this is to prepare a big salad bowl to last about a week.  If you use the freshest veggies you can find, this should be no problem.  I often throw in new additions to the salad to freshen it up, and keep things interesting.

3.  Have measuring tools on hand.

A lot of people do not know what single portions of various food is, or worse, kid themselves into ignorant indulgence.  If you keep measuring cups, spoons, scales, etc. on the counter, maybe even as part of your kitchen’s decor, you won’t be able to avoid the mental trap of thinking about them, and more than likely actually use them.

4.  Make your own snack packs.

We all know what happens when eating chips or other finger foods out of the box — suddenly it’s half empty, or less!  If you preemptively consider your cravings for a day or even the week, you can use your favorite brand of baggies or containers to prepare your own snack packs using healthier alternatives including nuts, popcorn, cheese or fresh fruit.  You can measure out the target number of calories for each, too, so you always know your intake.  Try to mix enough to keep in the refrigerator and your cupboard.

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5.  Freeze fruits and vegetables.

Go for the larger bags of fruits and veggies when you are grocery shopping.  At home you can wash, cut and store them in baggies for your freezer.  Buying in bulk will save you money and also save you the effort when you want to add them to omelets, soups, pasta dishes, yogurt and smoothies.  Another trick is to puree and freeze them into cubes which will be awesome to add in soups, tomato sauces, mashed potatoes, dips, oatmeal, smoothies or even to use as sandwich spreads.

6.  Prepare frozen smoothie bags.

Similar to #5, when you are in the morning rush mode, if you prepare and keep baggies of premixed smoothie recipes, it will be very low hassle for you to enjoy a low-calorie, fiber-and-protein filled breakfast that will power you up all morning long.  Just drop the bag’s contents in your blender and add whatever extras are needed, and there you go.

7.  Reduce the amount of unhealthy food on-hand.

This may be tricky depending on the other people in your home, especially if they are rather independent for their own food.  The more you can keep your kitchen free of soda, cookie dough ice cream and milk chocolate, (among some of my favorite junk foods,) the less likely you will be tempted to eat it.

8.  User smaller plates and bowls.

It’s just human nature to want to fill a plate up when preparing a meal.  So, when your everyday plates and bowls are smaller, you can fill it to your heart’s content but still be eating less, consuming fewer calories.

9.  Double or triple the recipe.

When you are making dinner, especially soup, roasted veggies, (well, anything really,) avoid the temptation to make just one meal’s worth.  By making enough for a few days worth of meals, packaging the remainder from that day’s, you’ll have options already prepared tomorrow.  This means you won’t have to resort to take-out which is probably going to be unhealthier than your home cooked goodness.

10.  Put away extra food before sitting down.

After cooking up something amazing, serve yourself the appropriate serving size.  Before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, wrap it up or dish it out into reusable containers and put it in the fridge or freezer immediately.  This is a simple mind hack, so that you will be less likely to go back to get seconds and thirds which you very well may if it’s just sitting out, begging you to be eaten.

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