Operation Skinny Jeans: Clean Up Your Kitchen -- A New Series

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Clean Up Your Kitchen -- A New Series

I decided I'd like to start a series of tips to make the transition to clean(er) eating easier. Today, I'd like to talk about smarter snacking.

Now obviously, the easiest way to not eat junk food is to just not have it in the house, but I know that's not always practical. You may not want to throw out the food you have for financial or moral reasons, or may want to make the change slowly without going cold turkey (which is usuallly way easier), so I'm not going to be like "Hey dummy, throw out the Devil Dogs."

Something that is practical, however, is to surround yourself with healthier snack choices.  Most of us are inclined to reach for convenience foods, so the key is to make healthier foods just as convenient to eat as chips or candy.

  • My number one suggestion is to do your grocery shopping on a free day (not everyone's favorite way to spend free time, but it makes for a lot less hassle), then do prep work when you get home. I know I'm way more likely to reach for, say, broccoli, if it's already chopped into little florets and I don't have to do it right then, when all I really want to do is EAT. Getting your produce ready to eat when you bring it home makes things way easier on you. So go ahead and chop up your broccoli, de-stem your grapes, slice up your bell peppers -- whatever will make it easier for you to choose those foods over bad-for-you snacks (with some foods, like the aforementioned peppers, make sure you eat them within a few days so they don't go bad!). I highly recommend storing your chopped produce in glass storage containers (no icky chemicals like in plastic!)
  • Pre-portion out prepared snacks. Measure out single servings of your favorite snacks and put them in baggies/containers so you can just grab and go. This is good for portion control for any food. Some healthier snack ideas that can be used in this manner are homemade trail mix, banana chips, nuts, seeds (you know, like sunflower or pumpkin), dark chocolate bits (I guess I've got trail mix on the brain, lol), popcorn, healthier chips/chip-esque snacks (like Pop Chips or Pirate's Booty), or granola.
  • Make cleaner, healthier, homemade versions of your favorites. There are SO many recipes on the internet (and I'll be posting a few as well!) for healthier versions of things we eat every day (Cheez-Its, gummies, and so much more!).
It's just a small step, but a lot of baby steps make a giant leap :)

What is your favorite tip for healthier snacking?
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2 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing this info. I love gummies so I will look out for that post! It's hard to transition to clean eating because I love sweets. Healthier versions of my favorites would really be nice.

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