There’s no better time than the New Year for you to toss out the clutter in your fridge and remove all the expired stuff shoved in the back of your shelves.
Organizing your kitchen can help you reset your diet and focus on staying healthy! Find out about the 5 foods you need in your kitchen this 2018!
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
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Many of us avoid buying fresh produces because they are time sensitive and often turn bad before we have the time to consume. However, they are essential for a healthy kitchen as they provide necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients that help sustain our bodies. Store them in the fridge to maintain their freshness! Make it a habit to consume at least 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables every day! You can eat them as snacks or add them to your favourite recipes.
2. Greek yogurt
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If you have a snacking habit, you need greek yogurt in your kitchen. Opt for the non-fat or low-fat alternatives, which acts as a source of protein and nutrients such as calcium and potassium. Greek yogurt has about 50% lesser sugar than that of regular yogurt, making it a healthier choice! They taste delicious when topped with fruits, or blended into smoothies, and help to keep you full and satisfied for longer periods.
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You need to be a little mindful when it comes to nuts, because these tasty little snacks are high in calories. Despite so, moderate consumption allows you to tap into their rich nutrients (such as vitamin B, E, magnesium and fiber) and they are great in preventing heart diseases and some types of cancers.
4. Extra virgin olive oil
We all know about the benefits of this product – it contains monounsaturated fats that help to enhance our heart health, is low in unhealthy saturated fats, rich in antioxidants, as well as Vitamins E and K! However, many of us are unsure how we can use extra virgin olive oil. Replace your regular cooking oil with extra virgin olive oil (except when you’re deep frying), or drizzle it over your salad to give it an extra flavour!
5. Whole grains
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Brown rice, quinoa and oats are great alternatives to provide filling fiber to satisfy your hunger. In addition, they are great sources of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and may help to reduce risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. They make wonderful breakfast options for your family!
To make better use of the ingredients you have in your fridge and be more efficient during grocery shopping, you should start the wonderful habit of meal planning!
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