The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can be a very dangerous territory for someone who is watching what they’re eating. The refrigerator can make or break someone’s weight loss goals. Here are some tips to keep your kitchen as goal-oriented as you are on your weight loss journey:
– Make fruits and vegetables more accessible than a bag of chips! Wash, cut up, and store your healthy snacks, such as celery, strawberries or oranges, in Ziploc bags or reusable containers. Place these snacks at eye level so it’s the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.
– Prepare A LOT amount of salad: A salad to start off dinner is a great way to fill up before the main course! You’re for sure to eat a salad with your meal if it’s already made, just scoop out a bowl of greens, top with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions, add a low-cal dressing (any Walden Farms’ dressings will work) and enjoy!
– Put measuring cups and tablespoons/teaspoons in plain sight: Measuring your food will keep your portions controlled and that gives you a sense of accountability. Seeing the measuring utensils on the counter will be a visual reminder not to forget to use them!
– Freeze fruits and veggies: Buy large bags of fruits and veggies at the store and wash, cut, and store them in Ziplocs in the freezer. You’ll not only save money when you buy in bulk, but you’ll also have them on hand to add to your smoothies, soups and side dishes.
– Make frozen smoothie bags: If you’re in a rush in the morning, prep fruit and veggie smoothie bags and keep them in the freezer. Simply empty the contents in the blender, and you’ll have a low-cal, fiber- and protein-packed breakfast that will fill you up.
– Ditch the unhealthy foods: If these foods are within your reach, you’re inevitably going to crave them. Throw out or give away the junk foods, because if it’s not in the kitchen, your less likely to be tempted!
– Use smaller size plates: Using a smaller plate will help with portion control so you don’t load up your plate and overeat. Monitor your portion sizes so you can make sure you’re hitting all the food groups such as proteins and vegetables, not just carbs.
– Double or triple the recipe: Whether you’re making soup, veggies, protein-style burgers, or anything else for dinner, don’t just make enough for one meal. Save the leftovers in a Tupperware container and place in the fridge so you can easily make meals for the next few days. If your lunch or dinner is already made, you won’t have to resort to takeout!
– Put any extra food away before you eat: After you’ve cooked up a healthy dinner, serve yourself an appropriate serving size, then wrap it up and put the leftovers away. If you leave it out, you’re more likely to go back for more. Out of sight, out of mind!