The next time you open the fridge door take a look at the contents and try to give an honest appraisal of what you see in front of you says about your lifestyle and health profile.
Nothing wrong with a few indulgences of course, but if there is not any room for some healthy choices amongst the beer, wine, and processed snacks, it might be time to take stock and consider a few adjustments.
Here is an insight into how to stock your fridge with some of the right things for a healthier lifestyle, plus tips on how arranging the contents can actually make a difference to your eating habits.
Starting Your Refrigerator Makeover
It is easy to open the fridge door and grab something quickly if you are in a bit of a hurry and that snack is often something that grabs your attention because it is at eye level.
Psychology plays a surprising role in your eating decisions and how you arrange your items in the fridge as well as what you put in there can be altered and influenced with a few subtle but important design changes.
If you place your fruit and vegetables, yogurts, and salad items in clear containers and at eye level, these are the first things you see when you open the door. Seeing healthy choices first is actually more likely to make you think more carefully about eating the takeout leftovers, jelo, or pudding.
Most grocery stores put all the fresh fruit and vegetables right near the entrance when you walk in and that is no accident, as they are attempting to put you in the mindset of thinking that everything is going to be fresh and good to eat as you walk around the aisles.
Put your brain in that same mode by arranging all the good stuff like the fruit and veggies at eye level and see how it helps to influence you in choosing something healthier to grab.
It can be easier to adjust your purchasing options so that you only buy what you need and make some healthier choices. A good trick is to consider doing your grocery shopping online and getting it delivered.
That way you won’t be picking up any of those store offers that tend to be sugary snacks or what you don’t really need and it will probably save you money as well as stock your fridge with all the right things.
The buy one get, one free offers on cookies and other indulgences are hard to resist when you are walking around a store but not so difficult when you are ordering online using a list of ingredients you need for the week ahead.
Stocking The Family Fridge
If you are looking to make some better choices for your fridge or want to lead by example if you are feeding a family, there are some easy adjustments that you can make to what goes in the fridge.
Kids follow your lead and if you can show restraint or a willingness to change your habits, like stopping smoking cigarettes by switching to a Gourmet eLiquid or quitting altogether with NicoDerm CQ Patches, for example, this all sends out the right message.
When it comes to setting the right tone with what you stock your refrigerator with, get things like organic skim milk, almond milk,
Most kids love the taste of hummus, which is a great quick snack with raw baby carrots, celery sticks, raw broccoli, cauliflower, rice crackers or even tortilla chips.
If you are looking to help limit your child’s sugar intake, grab vanilla or plain yogurt and mix in some fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries. My kids also like chopped pecans in their yogurt. Also, low-fat cheese doesn’t have to be low
Cheese is another great snack for kids that is high in calcium and protein. My kids love Heluva Good! Cheese sliced up with crackers and celery sticks.
Don’t Forget Your Fruits And Vegetables
Another essential for your healthy fridge stock list is a decent selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Aim to always keep at least one kind of fruit at eye-level in the fridge that is washed and stored in a clear plastic container so that anyone can see it and grab it before being tempted to grab something less healthy that might be lurking on another shelf.
It is not that difficult to make some subtle changes to how you stock your fridge and how you present the contents, but it could make a difference to your outlook on eating and will help your entire family be healthier!