Make eating healthy convenient and not a task. Always buy fresh produce. As soon as you get home, wash the veggies and finish all the chopping for produce like broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms. This will save you time and effort when you’re cooking. Stow away veggies in clear containers on the shelves and not in the crispy drawer where they tend to be forgotten and rot or wilt.
Prepping my fridge is one skilled I’ve learned to help me plan and create quick, nutritious meals. I typically have a rough idea of what I’m going to eat throughout the week. However, I don’t usually stick to the plan 100%… or even 75%! And that’s okay, but I like to have a loose plan.
Having a loose plan helps me in the following ways:
- I’m less tempted to eat out when I have a plan.
- I am prepared to eat nutritiously throughout the week.
- Little indulgences remain just that – little (because I have snacks planned too!).
However, my plan would be even looser and likely very trivial if I didn’t prep for my meals. You see, if I plan a salad, but then have to cut and dice veggies before each meal, it becomes a hassle. And eating out or grabbing something less nutritious begins to look a whole lot more tempting.
So today I have a few tips for you on prepping your fridge for nutritious meals! All of these ideas are actual tips that I use to make the healthy choice the most convenient one.
Prepping Your Fridge for Nutritious Meals
1. Opt for fresh produce when grocery shopping
Fresh produce will taste a lot better in a big hearty salad, soup, or any homemade meal. Obviously, it’s not always an option. I live in NW Ohio and the variety of fresh veggies around here varies greatly by season. But when I can, I opt for fresh.
2. Wash veggies as soon as you get them home from the grocery store
Saves you an extra step prior to preparing your meal!
3. Cut, dice, slice all produce right after washing
Now there are certain types of produce where this isn’t the best option. For example – if you want sliced apples for your salad, I suggest slicing them right before you eat your salad otherwise they will likely be brown by the time you get around to eating.
However, for produce such as broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, onion, pineapple, melon, lemons, limes, etc. they will still stay fresh, crunchy, and yummy after being prepped for several days in the fridge.
4. Put freshly prepped produce in clear containers
Clear containers make your freshly prepped produce easier to see. When it’s easier to see, you’re more likely to grab for it. It’s also less likely to sit in the fridge and spoil than if it’s in an solid colored container.
5. Don’t hide prepped produce in the crisper drawer
Keep freshly prepped fruits and veggies right out in front on the shelves in your fridge. Have you ever forgotten about something in the crisper drawer only to discover it soggy, moldy, or wilted? Prevent that from happening by making it front and center.
So there you have it, 5 super simple tips to help you prep your fridge for nutritious meals. By making the healthy option (eating homemade meals full of lots of fruits and veggies) the convenient option – you’re far more likely to follow through and do it!