6 Tricks to Stock Your Fridge Like a Health Food Nut
Good intentions to eat healthy and lose weight can easily be sabotaged by high stress and long work hours. You buy the vegetables to make a tofu stir-fry, but when you arrive home from work or picking up the kids from day care, you’re over hungry. As a result, while you’re chopping veggies, you find yourself snacking on gummy bears or goldfish crackers. Then, before you know it, you’ve unconsciously added 200 to 300 empty calories to your dinner.
Through many diets and also my Ayurvedic training at the Chopra Center, I’ve compiled tricks and tips to stock your refrigerator and set you up for success. Most of healthy eating is about planning. So, if you plan correctly, you put yourself on the right track for the week.
1. Clean Your Refrigerator and Freezer
This first step will show you if you’re truly ready to be a health food nut. By itself, this step will take your health to the next level.
- Get out a large trash bag and throw away anything leftover and expired.
- Next, look at the labels of the remaining items. Throw away anything with partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils, any product with corn syrup, and anything that contains white, bleached, flour or sugar. Don’t whine to yourself that you shouldn’t be throwing away food. This processed food will make you and your family ill and should have no place in a healthy diet.
- Next, throw away anything containing artificial colors and artificial flavors.
Now, open your freezer and repeat the same actions you did for your fridge. However, if you’ve had frozen food that has been in there for more than six months, throw it away. Take a vow to only have a minimal amount of food in your freezer from now on.
Keep anything unhealthy out of the fridge. If it’s not there, you can’t eat it.
2. Keep Fresh Oils
Check the labels and dates on the oils you have on your counter or in your fridge. Open up the bottles and smell them. If they smell rancid, throw them away. The healthiest oils to keep or purchase are cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed coconut oil, and toasted sesame oil. It’s best to purchase smaller bottles so that you run out more frequently and are able to keep your supply fresh. If possible, buy organic. You can keep all of these oils in the fridge to extend shelf life.
3. Stock Healthy Condiments, Sauces, and Dressings
An easy way to consume less calories and add flavor to your food is to have a few easy condiments on hand. Health food nuts keep low-to-no calorie items like balsamic vinegar, low-sodium tamari or soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and red pepper sauce. You can also stock healthier salad dressings and vegetable dips. Before purchasing, make sure the dressings and sauces are free from corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and MSG.