7 Days of Spring Cleaning For Your Health – Day 2: Fridge & Pantry

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-fridge-food-image25520041Welcome back to our Spring Clean!  Did you have a chance to reflect on your relationship with food yesterday?  I certainly had some sneaky bad habits come to light that I’ll be working on this year.

Now that our minds are in the right place to think about food as fuel, we need to take a look at our actual food storage to make sure that they are in alignment.

First we need to clean out the food we don’t want in our bodies and lead us to bad choices.  For this exercise, I think it is mot important to throw out empty calories.  Items that provide little to no nutritional value while often times packing a whopping amount of calories, saturated and trans fats, as well as sugar.  Unfortunately, most of us would say that these items taste good and that’s how they keep showing up in our fridge and pantry again.  According to the USDA, some of the worst offenders are:

  • Cakes, cookies, pastries, and donuts (contain both solid fat and added sugars)
  • Sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks (contain added sugars)
  • Cheese (contains solid fat)
  • Pizza (contains solid fat)
  • Ice cream (contains both solid fat and added sugars)
  • Sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and ribs (contain solid fat)

Next we need to look at our ongoing process.  (Sorry, sometimes I just can’t drop my inner dork.)  But the bottom line here is that we need to set ourselves up for success.

  • How do you determine what to eat?  Do you eat what “sounds good” or do you have a prepared meal plan?
  • How do you know when you need more food?  This trips me up all the time and when I’m suddenly out of fresh produce I turn to processed.  NOT GOOD!  So I need a better way to indicate what fresh produce I need.
  • How do you know what to buy at the store?  I always have a list so that I’m not swayed by all the things I “could” make because most times I don’t and throw food out 🙁

Getting a healthy plan together isn’t always easy, but it truly is the best way for success!  Change is always hard, but you are worth it!

Here is a yummy smoothie to curb even the worst cookie cravings:

Girl Scout Cookie Smoothie: Thin Mint
From rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth.com
*By the way, this is a great article about her own change in lifestyle*

1 cup frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh)
1 cup almond milk
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/8 tsp peppermint extract

Toppings:
1 Tbsp walnuts
1 Tbsp 70% dark chocolate chips

Combine the almond milk, spinach, protein powder, rolled oats, and peppermint extract in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a glass and top with walnuts and chocolate chips and enjoy with a spoon!
Note: If your blender has a hard time blending certain things, start by blending the milk and frozen spinach first and then add in the oats, followed by protein powder and peppermint extract.

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