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!