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Last Updated on January 25, 2021
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, people assume they’ll be able to make a change instantly. However, this is not the case. Eating healthy takes practice and patience. If you truly want to make healthy lifestyle changes, start in your kitchen. Take these kitchen suggestions into consideration so the space you cook and prepare meals in is ready for the new you.
Leave Healthy Options on Display
When you first enter your kitchen, what do you see? A jar of cookies? A sugar holder? Instead of leaving tempting options in the open, display healthy options for you and family members to grab on the go. Apples, oranges, bananas, and granola bars are some health-conscious options to keep in an aesthetically-pleasing bowl or fixture on your kitchen counter. This allows you to easily grab an apple over a cookie for your afternoon snack. Plus, it’ll encourage everyone in your family to seek healthy snacks over the alternative.
Reorganize Your Fridge and Pantry
A health-conscious home starts with what’s in the fridge and pantry. Even with fruits and healthy snacks on display to grab-and-go, if your pantry is stocked full of unhealthy snacks and desserts, then you’ll be drawn to look for them when you’re feeling hungry. Clean out your fridge and pantry and reorganize the two spaces. Organize the fridge so that each food group is separated for easy access. Refrigerated snacks can have their own spot in the fridge so kids and adults alike can quickly grab the healthy snacks that they need.
Install Open Shelves
In 2018, 14% of homeowners planned to make kitchen improvements. Have you ever thought of expanding or adding a new fixture to your kitchen? Open shelving is visually appealing and holds people accountable for the food they choose to have and display in their homes. Adding some shelves to an empty wall or near a window in your kitchen can allow you to grow an indoor herb garden for future cooking purposes as well as display healthy snacks.
Designate an Area for Meal Preparation
Meal preparation is a great way to plan out individual and family meals, and it also helps plan trips to the grocery store. To ensure meal prep takes place in your kitchen, dedicate an area to the practice. If you don’t have a lot of counter space available in your kitchen, consider purchasing a bar cart or another mobile-style countertop that can be tucked away when it’s not in use. A mobile cart will allow you to prepare food with easy cleanup. Plus, you can keep spices and ingredients designated to meal prep in the cart.
Invest in High Quality Appliances
Did you know that 33% of our lives are spent in bed? While you’re scrolling through your phone or enjoying some relaxing time in your bedroom, research some new appliances you can purchase for your kitchen. Appliances such as Air Fryers, food processors, blenders, Crockpots, Instant Pots, and salad spinners are newer pieces of technology that allow for healthy foods and snacks to be prepared easier and more efficiently.
Make Room for Vitamins and Other Daily Regimens
A kitchen that supports a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just include the organization, food, and appliances within it. It also includes vitamins, minerals, and regimens that many people take on a daily basis. Vitamins B-12, C, D, and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and folate are some regimens that individuals take if they don’t consume enough with their regular diet or lifestyle. For people over 50 years old, taking an Omega-3 supplement on a daily basis is a good idea as well. To ensure vitamins are taken every day, designate a spot or cabinet in your kitchen to store them. This way, when you go to make your daily cup of coffee in the morning, you won’t forget to take your regimens, too.
Decorate Your Kitchen to Be Warm and Inviting
If your kitchen is cold and dreary, you probably don’t feel much motivation to go prepare meals and make the room an organized space. Consider repainting the room and adding some warm and inviting decorative pieces to the walls. A theme throughout the kitchen may be something you’d like to try, too. Making your kitchen a nice place to be in the home will encourage everyone in your family to spend the time to make healthy meals within it.
A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy eating habits. To encourage healthy eating and meal preparation, be aware of what foods your kitchen holds and the organization within it. Make your kitchen an organized and inviting space that holds everyone in your family accountable for what foods they consume. Then, you can start to enjoy taking part in meal preparation and practicing healthier eating habits. Trying out some new appliances and health-conscious recipes can help you become accustomed to eating healthier and allow you to be creative with the different foods and snacks you try. Consider these suggestions to make your kitchen a health haven for you and your family.