Amazing abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. In other words, if your goal is to lose weight, what you eat is more important than working out. With that in mind, one of the best ways to set yourself up for weight-loss success is to organize your pantry to help you make healthy choices. Here are some ideas to get you on the right track, and then continue reading for even more helpful organizing tips.
1. Keep your pantry stocked with healthy items. Canned veggies, oatmeal, beans, canned tuna, healthy oils, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta are all pantry staples that can be used to build healthy meals in a pinch. Running low on healthy whole-food items like these can lead to poor choices — like ordering out for pizza.
2. Store healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, nut butter and air-popped popcorn front and center. When hunger strikes and you head to the pantry, make a tasty, nutritious snack the easiest thing to grab.
3. Put junk food out of reach. Ideally, junk food would be up on a shelf that requires a step stool to access, but even in the back behind healthier items can be beneficial too. Out of sight, out of mind.
4. Alphabetize your spices for easy access. Sometimes organization can save us time, making cooking approachable. Spices are vital to beating taste-bud boredom, giving your meal an easy upgrade without an overload of calories. And there’s an added bonus: Herbs and spices are full of health-boosting antioxidants, and some even help ward off hunger and balance your blood sugar levels.
5. Store your oils in spray bottles. You’ll use less oil if you’re spraying rather than pouring.
6. Organize pantry items with clear containers. You get a better sense of what’s running low if you remove them from the original supermarket packaging, and it will also make you less likely to overbuy. Plus, you can avoid certain foods going stale. Pro tip: Include labels and any cooking instructions for each item.
7. Invest in the right tools. A spiralizer turns almost any veggie into low-cal “zoodles.” Muffin tins are perfect for mini versions of your favorite foods — like these 10 amazing breakfasts you can make in a muffin tin.
8. Use multipurpose appliances to save on space and prepare healthy foods. The Instant Pot does the job of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute/browning pan and warming pot. On the weekend you can make stews, soups, chili and more to take for healthy lunches during the week. A high-quality blender can be useful to make smoothies, nut butter, soups and other healthy foods.
What Do YOU Think?
Are you trying to lose weight? Do you think these pantry-organizing tips will help you meet your weight-loss goals?