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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.