This is the time of year when many vow to make healthy changes and eat better. One of the easiest ways to ensure that you stick to your goals is to employ the KISS principle (keep it super simple). In order to stick to healthier eating goals, the first step is to get rid of unhealthy processed and junk food items. If they are around, you will eat them, so clean out those cupboards and clean out the fridge.
Next, stock your kitchen with nutritious foods. Choose fruits and veggies you already like and know how to prepare. There will be plenty of time later to experiment with new foods, but if you begin with a kitchen stocked full of unfamiliar items and find you don't like them, you are less likely to stick with your goal. Try only one new thing at a time; either a new food, recipe, or cooking method.
Finally, organize your fridge so that all those good for you items are easy to see and use. If you set aside a small amount of time to wash, dry and pre-cut fruits and veggies, you will be more likely to eat them. When you are hungry and in a hurry, you won't want to stop and take time to do it, and will be more likely to reach for something unhealthy. Keeping the good stuff ready to eat and in your face also helps get the kids to eat better. And it prevents those veggies from sitting unused and growing moldy while tucked away in some corner, behind less optimal choices.
I cleaned and reorganized my fridge yesterday and have glass containers filled with pre-washed and pre-cut celery, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, grape tomatoes, blueberries and red grapes. I also have pre-cut pineapple, red pepper strips and cooked brown rice.There is a platter of stuffed acorn squash and a huge bowl of pea soup. So when someone gets hungry around here and is in a hurry, it is easy for them to grab something good. With the KISS principle, there are no excuses.
I'm not sure if I ever showed my hanging produce baskets. They are incredibly handy in my tiny kitchen; using vertical space allows me full use of the counter space. And they are another great way to keep healthy food right in your face.