Let’s Face It. You Don’t Really Need That Butter Dispenser.
Switching to a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, to say the very least. Being minimalistic?
A whole other story.
So being brave enough to embrace both your best effort at the same time, is an incredible feat. Yet they do go hand-in-hand. I mean, healthy recipes don’t make themselves, right? And game-changing workouts can only happen when you feel completely organized.
And today, we have yet another principle to teach: How to simplify your cooking space and make healthy cooking easier, also known as how to finally get rid of that kitchen clutter.
Step 1: Keep Your Kitchen Essentials
Cooking healthy meals is more on technique and less on equipment. In fact, you only need about 9 essential cooking tools to get started and these are:
- Large stainless steel pan
- Large deep pot
- Kitchen blender
- Wooden chopping board
- Heavy sharp knife
- Wooden spoon
- Airtight containers
- Freezer bags, plastic cling wrap and lots of ice cube trays.
- Aluminum foil
Since you’ll only be needing such tools, take out the rest from your cabinets and cupboards. This is a good opportunity to remove those that are already broken and declutter your space!
Step 2: Have One Big Box Of Non-Essentials
Not ready to let go yet? Well, count everyone in. There’s something sucky about getting rid of one thing and finding out we still need it in our lives.
To save regrets, here’s a nifty tip:
Put what you’ve taken out in a big box (from step 1) and each time you use a tool from that box to cook, put it back in the kitchen. In a few months, you’ll have a sure pile of things you won’t be needing at all. Following our green commitment, don’t throw these away and instead, donate to charity or to friends who might need them.
Step 3: Freshen Up Your Fridge
We may have different tastes and food choices but one thing’s for sure is that everyone’s fridge has food products that are either rotting or we don’t remember buying. So take your fridge for a deep clean and remove all expired products.Put junk foods and high-fat foods in that ‘out of the house’ box as well – out of sight, out of mind.
Before buying foods for restocking, make a definitive list so you won’t wind up cluttering your fridge again. You can follow our Planet-friendly diet where we exclude gluten, wheat, dairy, and meat (except for fish) and celebrate all greens and fruits for healthier weight loss. Thereafter, buy in bulk and divide them into portion sizes. A brick of cheese, for example, can be cut into 30-gram slices, wrapped in foil, and stored in the freezer until you need it.
Step 4: Put the Healthiest Options at the Front
There’s no sentimental value in expired jams and broken knives. Frying pans in five sizes and colors will also just clutter your cupboards and block what’s important.
Meal prepping becomes much healthier and faster when the ingredients we need are right where we can instantly see them. So put those at the front of your fridge.
Put treats in the back so that the temptation isn’t always there. Or better yet, just buy them in single serving sizes. Although more expensive, this will help you maintain portion control.
With lesser tools and more healthy food choices, you’re already setting yourself up for weight loss success!
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