Step 3 has FINALLY arrived! So sorry for the minor/major delay due to the stomach bug that attacked our household...I'm just happy food sounds good again! :) Ok so if you are just joining in we are smack dab in the middle of the series:
And here are the previous posts for those of you that want to do some catching up:
And now for...
(Warning: The image you are about to see might be a little difficult...Under 18 not prohibited.)
Before you go all crazy and throw away your husbands Dorritos and Oreos and cause World War 3, let me further explain. Obviously we have all seen shows like The Biggest Looser where the tough and buff trainer comes in and yells in your face screaming, "Do you KNOW how many calories are in this?! Toss it!" Obviously I agree that having a nice healthy stocked pantry is definitely awesome, but cutting everything out cold turkey not only sets you up for failure, but also doesn't allow yourself and your family a little wiggle room...
So by Cleaning Out The Pantry I literally want you to CLEAN it...
- Wipe down and organize all that food. Toss old or unwanted food and organize it so you know what you have and where things are. (This will help later on when you are trying to stock your healthy pantry.)
- Make an area that has all the 'not so healthy food' in one area, not scattered through out. Make it higher in reach so it's not right off the bat visible. Also make it higher so little kids don't quickly grab the cookies.
- Have all the healthy snacks and foods right up front so that is the first thing you see when you open it.
Once your pantry is organized and you know what's in it, it's easier to cook and prepare meals each week because you know what you have/what you need. It's also nice to visibly see what's in your pantry for easy access when you or your little ones are craving a snack.
I know that it's not in everybody's budget to go out and spend 500 dollars buying all different types of health foods! And let's be honest, there is a chance that if you buy 5 different types of flours, you will end up never using all of them. Especially because you don't know how to use them.
That's why I think it's a great idea to start off with ONE new thing, get to know it and learn whether you love it or hate it, and then the next time (when that new product has been used up all the way), try something new!
If you want a complete lists of healthy food ideas, I have two posts that may answer those questions:
One of the biggest things that can help you eat healthy & stay on track is having those healthy foods on hand!
- Cut Veggies/Fruits at the beginning of the week so they are quick and easy to grab and eat right then, or available to use later on salads or add to dinner (makes cooking faster!)
- Make a homemade snack at the beginning of your week that way it's easy to grab throughout the week.
(Want to know the recipe for the muffins pictured above? It's going to be in a e-book that i'm making all about Healthy Breakfast for Kids! Hopefully it will be done soon!)
Ok we have just ONE MORE STEP and then we are DONE with this series! I can't wait to share the last step with you, it's my favorite!!