Monday, December 27, 2010

Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Home

Anytime is a good time to give your kitchen a healthy inspection. Nasty foods and hidden pitfalls are just waiting to sabotage your efforts at keeping your family healthy. They may even be disguising themselves in a "healthy" cloak. For a healthy lifestyle, you first must live in a healthy environment.

Start with the fridge and pantry. Focus on replacing sugary and highly processed foods with complex carbs and healthy alternatives.

  • Throw out: Thick dressings, white rice, creamers, white pasta, chips, dip, soda, mayonnaise, pudding and just say no to Twinkies! (Note: Donate any unopened food instead of throwing it away.)
  • Keep: Vinaigrettes, vegetables, nuts, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, tomato sauce, oatmeal, salsa, yogurt, mustard, natural applesauce
  • Put on probation: Cheese, milk, butter, ice cream, eggs, cooking oil, beef
Then move on to the rest of the kitchen:
  • Learn to read food labels
  • Collect healthy, quick recipes
  • Toss out all those pizza coupons
  • Get a few water bottles to keep cold water handy in the fridge
  • Put a bowl of fruit and granola/breakfast bars by the back door
Invest in:
  • Fresh produce
  • A pitcher with a filter for water
  • Spices so healthy food doesn't get boring
  • Healthy cookbooks
  • A sturdy cutting board
  • Plenty of containers to portion out prepared foods, store leftovers, and pack lunches
by SparkPeople

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