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Aug 10

5 Tips to Keep Your Fridge Organized and Inspire Healthy Eating

Keeping your family healthy is hard enough, but opening up your fridge to half eaten takeout and a messy stash of condiments makes this an even more challenging feat. If you’re trying to create or maintain healthy eating habits for your family, organize your fridge like a grocery store; you wouldn’t want to visit a market that’s disorderly and full of junk. Keeping fresh produce and healthy snacks organized and readily available is the key to supporting your family’s healthy lifestyle.

Scroll down for the best tips on how to organize your refrigerator to optimize healthy eating habits for you and your family!

  1. The Clean Out: Sift through your entire fridge and throw away any expired items, or foods you know your family doesn’t really need, i.e. sugary juices, artificially flavored yogurt, old take-out .You may be left with an empty fridge when you’re done, but that’s the perfect starting point for your refrigerator makeover!
  2. Fruit: After you’ve done a proper shop at the market, wash and dry your fruits and place them into pretty bowls or containers. Arrange your fruit in the center of your refrigerator, so it’s the first thing your eyes are drawn to when you open the door. Making fresh fruit look presentable and delicious can be the motivation you need to pick the healthy option whenever your sweet tooth kicks in.
  3. Veggies: Like your fruit, you’ll want to wash and dry your veggies and store them in dry ziploc bags or reusable containers. Having prewashed, ready-to-eat veggies makes snacking a lot easier and healthier! Another great tip is to portion out bags of lettuce, which cuts down preparation time when you’re making a salad. If you’re fridge has drawers, its’ best to store your veggies in there.
  4. Meats: Meats should be stored on the bottom shelf of the fridge in order to prevent any juices leaking onto other food. If you want to be extra cautious of leakage you can store your raw meats in a bowl. You may also want to place them towards the back of the fridge because that area tends to be the coldest and has the most consistent temperature. The back of the fridge works great for fish and eggs as well.
  5. Condiments: Keep condiments and juices on the door compartments of your fridge. When the fridge is opened, the first area to change in temperature is the door area, which makes it a perfect place to store products that won’t spoil easily such as sauces, dressings, juices and other condiments.
  6. Miscellaneous snacks: To avoid your kids being tempted to reach for an unhealthy treat, keep snacks in a designated, easy to reach area of the fridge so they can grab something healthy to munch on. Some great options are cheese sticks, baby carrots, apple slices or organic applesauce pouches.

We hope you try these helpful organization tips that will keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long.

 

Aug 02

The Best Family Friendly Summer Events (Anaheim, Chino Hills, Ontario)

Heading into the later half of summer it may become harder to keep your kids entertained, but there’s no need to fret over this mid-summer slump. While Pinterest-perfect activities are great for keeping the kiddos busy, every now and then you just have to get out of the house. Cutting down on screen time and finding fun places for you and your family to visit is a great way to not only entertain your kids, but to create lasting memories together.

So, instead of dwelling on the fact that summer is halfway done, scroll down for a few ‘can’t miss’ family friendly events in your area.

Art Crawl Experience

Anaheim, CA

Saturday, August 18 | 6pm-10pm

Free

Get your family inspired at this art-filled event. Attendees can stroll through outdoor installations, an indie craft fair along with other exciting exhibits. Explore fun pop-up galleries and try the gourmet food trucks available with local entertainment performing throughout the evening. The art crawl will run from Anaheim Blvd. to Harbor Blvd, and along Center Street Promenade. Click here for more information!

Brick Fest Live – The Largest Touring Family Lego Fan Experience

Pasadena, CA

Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26

$27

Brick Fest Live is certainly a one of a kind event. With over a million lego bricks, this event is great for kids to to build and play on their own or with their family and is sure to “inspire, educate and entertain” for hours. Founder, Chad Collins says at the event, “families build together to accomplish their goals and find creative solutions—all while inspiring the next generation of artists, engineers, and leaders.” If you and your family are interested in this event, click here!

Amy’s Farm Tour

Ontario, CA

Available throughout the year via reservation

$8-$30 per person

Bringing the kids out to a farm is a fun, interactive way to teach your children about agriculture and even give them a deeper appreciation for where their food is sourced. Amy’s Farm is a unique experience for all ages. The farm has been offering tours for the past 18 years, and can cater the tour experience to your group. On each tour you can enjoy a garden walk, smell fresh herbs, feed the pigs, visit the petting zoo, milk a cow and visit horses. Click here if you’d like to visit the farm and book a tour!

Orange International Street Fair

Orange, CA

Friday, August 31- Sunday, September 2

Free

Foodie families rejoice! The Orange International Street Fair brings all cultures together for a miraculous Labor Day weekend of food and fun. A tradition that’s been around since 1973, friends, neighbors, and families “get together to experience a wide variety of food, music and dance from cultures and ethnicities throughout the world.” Click here for more information!