Clean the kitchen
There are few things that feel more cleansing than a clean kitchen, restocked with healthy choices. I take the week between Christmas and New Years to clean all the junk out and make a list and shop. So I am ready for all those amazing goals I am trying to reach. One being not spending every single day in the kitchen prepping. I want t to be easy to throw together a meal and I want to go into the kitchen and have a healthy snack without much thought.
What you will need a big trash can or bag. Cleaning supply’s. Note pad and pen for a list of things you need that are expired. 1st thing if you have a self cleaning oven start it up. Turn on the music and lets do this.
After the holidays I am always amazed at how much is on the counters. All the cookies, candy and goodies. This is going to freak you out. Choose a day tell you family they have until 6pm on that day (Example December 28th or trash day) and everything is going into the trash so if you want it it has to be eaten, removed, whatever but it can no longer be on the counter. Now are there appliances (mixer, etc) that could put away? Do that. Wash down all the counters and back splashes.
Oh the clutter. I am always surprised how fast time flys by but I really notice it when I go to clean out the pantry those expiration dates blow me away. So here is how to start. Pull everything out put it on a table and vacuum and clean the shelves. Now strategically go through each thing. Expired throw it away. Dust off the cans and check everything. Decide if it is going to help with your healthy goals or hinder. Hinder? Food bank or trash. Alright what’s left. Lets organize that. Then lets restock.
Stock your Pantry for success
(These are just suggestions)
Tomatoes, beans, corn, fruit in water, evaporated skim milk, enchilada sauce, green chili sauce, refried beans, vegetables, chicken, tuna
Peppers, applesauce, sauerkraut, pizza sauce, pasta sauces
Brown Rice, Multigrain pasta, whole wheat pastas, gravy mixes, couscous, Low sugar cereal, oatmeal, grits, protein bars, bread crumbs, Panko crumbs, crackers, soups, broths, potatoes, onions La favorita chips, popcorn.
Take everything out. Check every expiration date. Throw away anything that is expired and write it on the list if it is needed. Wash all your shelves and drawers with a natural cleaner. https://livingnaturallyessentially.com/100-non-toxic-cleaning-with-doterra-essential-oils/
Restock the Refrigerator for Success
Fat free or low-fat Milk, half and half, sour cream, cottage cheese eggs
Low Sugar ketchup, mustards, dill relish, steak sauce, low-fat or fat free mayonnaise, low fat or fat free dressings, low salt soy sauce, low or no sugar jams and jellies.
Meats and cheeses
Lean lunch meats, Feta, blue, 2% American, Extra sharp cheeses, Neufchâtel.
Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, celery, grapes, mushrooms, asparagus, most fruit. See above.
A Successful Freezer
Take it all out and look it over. If you see freezer burn or ice crystals throw it out. Throw away things that have been open for longer than 2 months. Now clean out the freezer with natural cleaners.
Meat: chicken breasts, 93% plus ground beef, turkey breast, ground turkey breast, ground chicken breast, chicken tenders, lean steaks, lean pork roast or chops, shrimp, lobster, fish.
Perogies, Pot stickers, spring rolls, burritos, frozen fruits, veggies, miroproiux. Nuts, popsicles, lo-cal ice cream or yogurt.
On the counter
Some things need to be on the counter to stay fresh and keep their flavor and nutrients. You can read above for the whole list.
Tomatoes, garlic, oranges, apples (can be refrigerated or on counter) , bananas
Now that you have detoxed the Kitchen and brought in all the nutritious foods. You will be ready to start the New Year in you most healthy way. As I said these are just my suggestions. There is plenty more to stock up on. You do you!
I hope this helped you get ready for a happy healthy New Year.
Part 3: Detoxing your body inside and out will be up in 2 days.
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