Putting on an extra kilo…Easy Work! Losing it…? Also Easy! Having Ice cream from the tub or cheese while standing in front of the fridge late at night is bound to lead to increased weight. Organize your fridge in a way that will help you shed the unwanted weight.
How you organize your refrigerator could be working against you. Make your fridge an ally with these pros’ tricks to make your fridge a weight loss ally.
- Keep foods that are smart snack combos close to each other, like natural almond butter and apples, or low-fat cottage cheese and celery.
- Place herbs like parsley and cilantro stems-down in a cup of water and cover with a plastic bag. The water keeps them fresh longer, change it every few days. Seeing the herbs will make you want to cook with them, a good thing, as they add flavor but hardly any calories or sodium.
- If you love avocados, say, but don’t want to overdo it, store serving-size containers on a middle shelf. You can also get portion sizes of your guilty pleasures like cheese and chocolate too!
- Ensure that calorie rich meals such as macaroni and cheese should be in opaque containers and are hidden behind your healthier fair stuff so they’re not as top-of-mind and accessible when hunger hits and your natural tendency is to pick up and chew the first thing you see when you open the refrigerator door.-
- Keep a container of pre-cooked grains, like barley or quinoa with your protein measuring scoop or half-cup measuring cup inside to make it easier to scoop out a portion when hungry.-
- Jarred veggies, like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and pickled beets are perfect additions to salads and soups that don’t require any prep time and add color to the front row of your refrigerator and plate.
- Veggie salsas are versatile, filled with flavor, nutrients and contain very few calories, perfect to top chicken breasts or sweet potatoes.
- Grainy Dijon mustard is a low calorie, a savory condiment with rustic flavor, perfect for use as a salad dressing or marinade and in place of some or all the mayonnaise or dressing called for in a recipe, say, for tuna or any other salad
- ‘Cut’ juice with sparkling water to slash calories and add fizz to keep it from tasting boring. Fill a pitcher one-third of the way with juice and two-thirds of the way with sparkling water and serve juice that way next mealtime.
- Fruit-sweetened jams, which are relatively low in sugar are great natural sweeteners to substitute refined sugars and are tasty with peanut butter on a brown-rice wrap, on breakfast oats or drizzled on low-fat ice cream for dessert.
- Buying blocks of hard cheeses, such as Parmesan Asiago and Pecorino Romano, help in portion and calorie control when using cheese as a garnish in recipes because you must physically shred them with a grater when you’re using them. This makes you very aware of just how much cheese you’re adding as opposed to adding cheese slices or a block on board to slice at the table.
- Save the date, write down the date on zip lock bags of leftovers, this makes you aware of how long they have been in the fridge and helps you to make sure leftover fruits and vegetables won’t go uneaten.
- Keep big pitchers of water infused with mint or ginger and in-season fruit or citrus slices in the fridge at the very front of the shelf so they are the first thing that you see when you open the fridge door. It usually lasts a couple of days, and it’s a great way to stay hydrated without lots of sugar or calories.
- Research suggests that we are three times as likely to pick up the first thing we see in the fridge, the problem is, we often put our favorite not-so-healthy foods at eye level. Store some veggies on the top shelf rather than just in the crisper to slow you down and help you make conscious, healthier snack choices.
- A tub of Greek yogurt in your fridge is a must. It’s not only a breakfast staple, it works as a substitute for so many fattening spreads, such as sour cream, cream cheese, and mayonnaise.
- Boil a half dozen eggs at the beginning of the week for a high-protein, quick on the go snack that is a satisfying and nutritious option that’s easy to grab and go. They’re simple to put in a breakfast wrap or slice on a salad to make it a full and easy meal on weeknights or morning that you are either too tired or too rushed to do meal prep.
- Once a week, scan the fridge and pull forward items that need to be finished, like opened tomato paste or Greek yogurt. It’ll remind you to use them and to cook at home, which is healthier 99 percent of the time.
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