Tips for Eating Healthy: Food Storage and Preparation
Making good choices and eating healthy may start at the grocery store, but it doesn’t end there. How you prepare and store those delicious, healthy foods matters too! When it comes to your health, there’s no such thing as being over-prepared.
Make Grocery Shopping Day “Food Preparation Day”
If you do all your food prep as soon as you get home from the store, you can save yourself loads of time during the week. Remove any meats from their packaging, clean them, and cut them into portions to either freeze or refrigerate. Wash and prepare produce. Chop up and freeze anything you’d like to save for later. Pre-portion yogurt or rolled oats for easy breakfasts throughout the week.
Prepare Your Own Food as Much as You Can
You don’t need to skip dining out entirely, nobody wants to give up a fun night out on the town. Just keep them to a minimum. If you’re the one preparing your meals, you know exactly what you’re eating. Pack lunches to take into the office, eat breakfast at home. If you don’t have time to eat breakfast at home, there are easy, portable options you can make and bring with you.
So, you’re sitting there with your family-size bag of chips and you keep reaching in and munching away and then it hits you: how many chips have you eaten? It’s so easy to overeat this way. Instead of grabbing a whole bag or box of a snack, divide them up into single-serve containers or baggies. This way, you know what you’re eating and when to stop!
Keep the Healthiest Foods in the Front of the Fridge
This may seem like an odd suggestion, but it really works! By storing healthier options towards the front, your eye goes to them much quicker. If you really want to go all-out, store healthy foods in clear containers and less healthy options in opaque ones. This will make the better choices even easier to spot!
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