1. MAKE A PLAN- Know what your family likes to eat. Don't use your family as an excuse to be unhealthy. There are items I refuse to bring into my home. For the most part, my family as a whole eats very healthy. Occasionally when I hop in my husband’s truck after him and my son have been out for a day I always find a snack size bag of chips or a candy wrapper. There is nothing wrong with this! Let them have their snack and just appreciate that it doesn't need to come into the home.
2. CLEAN IT OUT- A garbage sack is needed! Rid your kitchen of high sugar items, artificial sweeteners, boxed and processed foods, fatty and unwanted high calorie items that provide little to no nutritional value. Don't BE SCARED!
3. IDENTIFY YOUR STAPLES- Every cook has staple foods/ingredients that they like to keep on hand. Identify the ones you want and never let them go dry. I recommend healthy cooking substitutes, fresh (RAW) veggies and fruits, specific oils, and quick snack items. (See pic of a few of my preferred staples.)
4. HEALTHY IS NOT BORING- Whoever says,"Eating healthy is boring," has clearly not learned to cook healthy. No one says you cannot use spices and seasonings, create your own sauce and dressing, or indulge in a dessert or home cooked meal. Learn to experiment.
6. MAINTAIN- Once your kitchen is skinny it is easy to maintain. Keep an on-going list of new items to pick up at the store and items you need to re-stock. At the store, be there with a purpose! Purchase ONLY the items on the list to replenish, restock and meal plan. MOVE quickly through the store!
Lollygagging = unnecessary purchases + BAD food + overspending…… EASY!
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