Take a look at most people’s kitchens, and what you’ll find is cupboard after cupboard of unhealthy foods. Why? Because those unhealthy foods are cheaper, more convenient (in the short term), and incorrectly thought of as tastier than their healthier counterparts. But if you want to be fitter and feel better in your own skin, then you need to be asking much more from your kitchen. Below, we take a look at five ways you can make sure your kitchen is the healthiest in town.
Replace the Snacks
Yes, we all know that chocolate bars have a special place in a person’s life. And who could deny that Pringles are just about as tasty a snack as they come? However, there are tasty alternatives to these foods, and they’ll be much better for you in the long run. People only end up eating junk because it’s in their cupboards. Instead, sweep out all the junk and replace them with the foods that are both good for you and taste great. Have you ever tried kale chips? They’re incredibly tasty, good for you, and easy to make.
Spice up your Fluids
Some people get bogged down too much with what they’re eating; they forget that what they’re drinking also affects their health. If you’re watching everything you eat, but then go ahead and down six cans of sugary drinks during the day, then you shouldn’t be surprised if you’re not as healthy as you’d hope. Of course, water can get a bit boring. Mix it up by keeping a jug of cucumber water in the fridge, or serve your water with a slice of lemon. It’ll significantly improve the taste.
Learn a Few Staples
There’s no getting around it: if you want to eat well, then you need to be cooking your own meals. Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy meal ideas that are easy to make and really good for you. Spend some time getting used to spending time in the kitchen, using the appliances, and preparing your own meals. Within a week or two, you’ll have a host of meals under your belt and will have forgotten how you ever coped in your pre-cooking life.
Buy High-Quality Foods
Not all foods are created equal. Some are better for you than others, and it rarely comes down to price. You’ll be living a healthy life if you buy high-quality foods, such as fresh vegetables and produce. You’ll almost certainly have a farmer’s market taking place on the weekends nearby to you. That’s where you should be buying all your fruit and veg: it won’t get any tastier! And bonus: it’s also much better for the environment if you buy something that was grown down the street rather than across the country (or even overseas!).
When to Indulge
If you take all of the advice above, then you’ll have earned the right to indulge from time to time. However, don’t do it in the house: keep all the bad things outside, and save your indulging for when you visit a nice restaurant.