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A pictorial tour of my kitchen (or how I am set for success)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I have talked about setting up your kitchen for success. It takes getting rid of the majority of junk food and making sure that the items you should be reaching for are within reach and in eyesight. These pictures tell about how I've set up my kitchen for the health of the whole family.

I start my day out grabbing a large water from my filtered pitcher, which is near the fruit bowl, in easy reach to grab a quick snack when I'm needing something sweet. These are the fruits that are in season and were on sale this week.

Then comes my counter. Yes, this is a little messy, but it was a whim that I wanted to do this pictorial, so I did the minimum cleaning and setting up of the items. It has my nuts, a quick nutrient dense snack. I have two big jars, the second is probably hard to see under the almonds, but there are two jars there. I keep my crackers, not all of them whole grain, sitting there ready to have a cheese spread slathered on them. The bags are pretzels, I'm still working on the big bag from Christmas, but I did get a second bag. Those are my salty treat.

The kids have their own drawer, they need things for school. Apparently second graders still bring snacks, so I try to have healthy snacks available. The fruit snacks are really just pureed fruit and the applesauce doesn't have any added sweeteners, just apples and water.

I have a spot just for cereal. Most of them have less than 8 grams of sugar per serving. Yes, that's hot cocoa mix hiding in there too. Occasionally you need a little hot cocoa. This jar has lasted for years.

These are my staples. I mostly use whole grains, but I haven't gone over to all whole grains. I like the tri-colored noodles when I use them. I always have tomatoes available for a easy to make meal. The sugar in my pantry is because there was a great sale and my husband uses it in his coffee. I have all sorts of rices, Jasmine, brown and wild rices.

This is my fridge. I always have plenty of veggies and potatoes in their drawers. Strawberries were on sale and have to be refrigerated. Yes, I use butter, in moderation. I try my hardest not to have chemicals in my body. The American cheese slices are my daughter's favorite, but it's also not the only cheese she'll eat. I find they melt best for grilled cheese and have had a hard time cutting them out of my diet completely. Condiments are a must for having taste, eventually I'll learn how to make my own dressings though. Eggs are a cheap way to have protein. Cheese sticks are an easy way to grab a snack.

The freezer holds my kids' breakfast, they love Eggos and I love that they can use a toaster. This freezer is where I hold leftovers that can be used for lunches the next month. Look at the door and you'll see a baggie of frosting, I made those a month ago and hate wasting the leftover frosting. It may stay there for a while or I might use it again when the kids want something to do. Since it's in the freezer, I tend to forget it's there. I heat most of my veggies for dinners, so it's cheaper and easier to buy them frozen.

Here are my main meats. I got ahold of a quarter of an organic grass fed cow and chicken has been on sale lately. It's easier to buy in bulk when a larger freezer is available. This should last me for much of the year, as long as I continue to buy pork and chicken during the year. There is a ham in the bottom that will be pulled out this week for company. I love being able to buy all sorts of things on sale for later use.

Yes, I do have one more spot that I didn't take a picture of since it's a pain to get to right now. I have another spot dedicated to my cake making supplies, where I have 4 boxes of cake mix and some sugar for the frosting. There are a ton of different kinds of sprinkles in that area. I rarely make the cakes and most of the time they go out the door. But to be honest, it's there and available if I every get a bad enough craving. Fortunately after taking the cake making classes, I rarely crave cake. It's like when you work in a candy store, you go overboard for a while, then get sick of it, so you'll rarely ever eat it again.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and perhaps you got some insight on how I keep going. I find it easier to go if I don't have much to tempt myself with. It's much easier to work in a kitchen that's set up for success!
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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing how you do it.
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    1786 days ago
    That I could be so neat and organized. That is appealing to the eyes, too. Thanks for sharing.
    1788 days ago

    well shown thank You
    1789 days ago
    1789 days ago
    I can send you the before picture of the freezer! I hope that as soon as we eat more of the food that is in there I can have a freezer that looks as nice and well organized as yours! emoticon
    1789 days ago
  • MICHELLE4355
    Very organized; I may need you to come visit and help me (lol). I really learned a lot.
    1791 days ago
    I love your kitchen. I bet it would be fun to cook with you. We do a fruit bowl as well. It's nice to have for the kids to grab as a snack any time. Having a wide variety of rices also sounds like fun. I think that is something I would like to try too.
    1791 days ago
    THanks so much for this tour! It is great to see other peoples space and how they live. I have very little actual counter space so we mostly have the fruit in a bowl on the table, plus avacados that are set out to ripen, and then there are always the odd things thrown in so my kitchen table is basically covered! LOL. But it does make it fruit central and we see that first thing when entering the kitchen so it is more likely to get eaten.
    I also have a deep freezer and don't know how anyone can manage without one! We try to keep it organized and even got a great idea from Pinterest to take inventory and then use the outside/top of the freezer to write in dry erase marker a list of items in each catagory (example, MEAT, ENTREE'S,VEGGIES) and keep a running total beside each - that way you can see at a glance what is in there without even opening the lid! Makes it super easy to plan meals/shopping lists. Maybe I will blog about it soon - thanks for inspiring me:)
    1791 days ago
    Awesome! My kitchen is a nightmare! My BIGGEST problem is waste. I try to use stuff before they go bad, but with a husband that hates the food I make (I eat plant based) and I like varied veggies, I always feel like I'm throwing things out. It's awful. Frozen veggies just aren't the same, especially for someone who relies so much on vegetables.

    Anyway, good post. Thanks for sharing.
    1791 days ago
  • CC3833
    That looks awesome! I wish I had the space! Hopefully you don't ever delete this blog because when I move out (probably 4-5 years from now) I would love to model my kitchen after this. BUT you did spark a little thought in my head that I could possibly talk to my bf's mom about investing in a freezor for the basement where we could keep all the meat? This way we can buy in bulk and last a while. Thanks for sharing!
    1791 days ago
    Secret Weapon spotted in photo #2: Food Scale!
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    1791 days ago
    You are incredibly organized. You can tell you put alot of thought on how to make your eating a success. There are things you are doing that I will try to find a way to incorporate. I keep fruit on the dining room table and keeping it in the kitchen sounds like a better idea. emoticon
    1791 days ago
  • KAREN608
    So interesting! I was curious but still curious about how much counter space you have for preparing meals. I don't have much and wish I had more esp. if I want to make bread. My big bread bowl still is hiding in the barn somewhere in a box which I can not find. Sigh.
    1791 days ago
    I also have a snack drawer and make meals,then freeze for just in case. emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Your pantry and fridge are so organized! I'm envious!
    1791 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    Very well organized... emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.

    I especially like the snack-drawer for the kids -- it seems like a good way and place for organizing things like those single-serving applesauce packets, etc.
    1791 days ago
    Very cool!
    1791 days ago
    Your kitchen is awesome! I try to keep mine organized as well, although never that organized. Especially your fridge. That's incredible!

    Hope you have a great day!

    1791 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
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