While you might see some well-posed pantries on Instagram, it’s not all for show.
This is actually a great way to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. How so? We’ll take a look at 4 ways to organise your pantry for healthier eating.
1. Keep Treats ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’
It’s OK to have a few treats at home (we all do it!), but having your salty or sugary snacks front-and-centre at eye-level every time you open the pantry door can make them hard to resist when hunger strikes. Try to keep them in a harder to reach position. Check out our blog on some other ways to handle unwanted cravings.
2. Make a Plan (and Stick to It)
Put some time aside once a week to jot down a meal plan for the week ahead. Check the pantry for any items you already have on hand, so you don’t clutter your pantry with post-apocalyptic worthy supplies.
Prioritise what you need and opt for healthy, nutritional snacks and meals that will stop you reaching for unhealthy snacks on the go during the week.
3. Stock Up on Healthy Staple Ingredients
While you don’t want to go too overboard with your pantry supplies, be sure it’s always stock with healthy, staple ingredients. These might be mainstays such as grains, legumes, oats and tinned tomatoes, meaning you can whip something together at a moment’s notice.
Having a few essential ingredients at home may help give you that nudge of encouragement needed to cook at home rather than ordering greasy takeaway.
4. Do A Pantry Audit Every Six Months
Your pantry might look gleaming and glorious when you first organise it, but over time, this may not last. Things can get sticky, unorganised and overstocked. To ensure your pantry is always looking its best and giving you that motivation boost to eat healthier, take stock every six or so months.
Take everything out of the pantry, thoroughly wipe it down and reorganise it based on product types, use-by dates and use.
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