It’s spring cleaning time, so now is the perfect time to spring clean your eating habits, and your fridge! Exercising is a big part of staying healthy and fit, but the contents of your fridge and what you’re consuming on a day to day basis is an even bigger part. Cleaning our your fridge and filling it with a hearty stock of healthy fares like fruits and vegetables will give you a good head start to eating well, and there are a few basic tips that will help you as you clear out the bad to make room for the good.
Before going shopping, you have to make room! Especially as college students, a lot of us have pretty limited fridge space, especially those of us still living in the residence halls. Take stock of what you have before heading to the market. Toss anything expired, anything you know you probably won’t eat before it does go bad, and you might want to think about throwing away your biggest temptations if you can’t eat them in moderation. If it’s too hard to keep Ben & Jerry’s in your freezer without eating the whole pint in one sitting, you may want to rethink buying it anymore, or at least save that purchase for special occasions only.
After cleaning everything out, check out how much space you have available. Take a mental note, and then head to the store! It may be a good idea to make a list before you go. Log on to Pinterest or healthy eating websites to get some inspiration for recipes that you might try. Write down ingredients that you know you can actually cook, like the taste of, and know that there is a chance you might actually eat. If you don’t like broccoli, don’t buy broccoli. Just because it’s in your fridge doesn’t mean you’re going to eat it. Chances are it will just go bad, and you’ll be out the money and have to throw it away.
Fruits and vegetables are an obvious choice when you’re shopping. They make healthy snacks, but can also be added to pasta, wraps, and pretty much any of your favorite recipes to add a nutritional boost, and keep you more satisfied with their large amounts of fiber and water. Fruit can be turned into fruit salad by adding juice for an easy snack to grab on the go. Buy hummus or Greek yogurt for healthy veg dip for a light afternoon snack. Bonus points for having lots of different colors in your cart. Different colors means different vitamins and minerals offered, so the bigger the variety, the healthier your fridge will be!
Low-fat yogurt, cheeses, and other dairy also are great staples to keep in your fridge. Calcium is really important, and these foods also have healthy fats and protein that are important to your body. If you want even more protein, eggs are another great idea. You can use them for salads, scramble them, make veggie-filled omelets, or even just eat a hard-boiled one for a filling snack.
Marinara or other pizza/pasta sauce might be a good idea to have on hand too. You can buy pitas and add the sauce, herbs, a little cheese, pop it in the oven or microwave, and voila! You have a homemade, healthier version of pizza. Extra credit for adding those vegetables that you just bought too.
These are just a few ideas that you might consider when spring cleaning your fridge. It’s okay to get some treats too! Just make sure that you buy ones that you know you can eat in moderation, and put them towards the back of the fridge or freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. If you keep the healthier options towards the fridge and you can see them right when you open the door, you’re going to be more likely to grab one of those options instead.