The 6-Step Pantry Purge and Refridge Redux
1. Clean and Organize Your Kitchen!
You'll feel more inspired to create beautiful, simple, healthy meals in a space that mimics this ethos. Make sure you have little plastic snack baggies, tinfoil, plastic containers, etc., for wrapping and storing your fabulous meals and snacks.
2. Get Rid of All Processed Foods
If it can sit on a shelf or in the fridge for more than a couple of weeks, it needs to go (we're talking chips, cookies and crackers). The only exceptions would be whole-grain, high-fiber cereals and certain packaged and canned foods that are single-ingredient (like black beans or whole-wheat pasta).
3. Make a Shopping List
Focus on lean sources of protein (tuna, fat-free Greek yogurt, soy yogurt, light string cheese, organic chicken tenders) and fresh foods like fruits and veggies. Include a few sources of healthy carbs, such as wild rice, quinoa, bulgur, whole-grain cereals and whole-grain bread.
4. Time to Shop
Make sure to stock up on fruits and veggies. Go to the grocery store and focus on the perimeter. Your shopping cart or basket should be 75 percent fresh fruits and veggies. Focus on getting many different colors -- this automatically increases variety and guarantees many vitamins and phytonutrients.
5. Prop Your Food
When you get home, put your fruits and veggies in the most visible, aesthetically pleasing and accessible places. For example, prewash them and arrange them nicely in a bowl on the counter for quick access.
6. Prep Your Food
If there's prep to be done (such as peeling carrots or washing and chopping celery sticks), do it and put the veggies into baggies for instant snacks. Plan and put together your meals and snacks for the week or at least a day or two ahead. Focus on lean sources of protein, a small serving of carbs and lots of fruits and veggies.
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