Changes to Make in Your Kitchen
Whether you are looking to lose weight, trim up, perform better, or simply eat healthier; chances are there are certain foods in your kitchen that you need to toss in the trash. Some of these foods may not jump out to you as the opposite of fast diet foods at all, but are actually really unhealthy. So, when you start to think about how to eat right with weight loss foods, start by swapping out these items:
- Toss out: High-calorie dips, spreads and condiments. Mayo, full-fat salad dressings such as ranch and bleu cheese, French onion dip, and other common condiments are full of fat, sodium, and sugar. Replace these items with salsa, vinaigrette dressings, mustard, low carb barbecue sauces, and other condiments that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium.
- Toss out: Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. This is the perfect example of an item that might sound like a diet food for picky eaters, but in reality when they come mixed together, they are packed with sugar. Instead, buy fresh fruit and plain non-fat yogurt and mix them together on your own.
- Toss out: Extra beer. Although keeping a few beers on hand for after work during the week isn't disastrous to your health, having more than a 6 pack on hand can lead to temptation to drink more. Stick to only having a few on hand unless you plan on having company over.
- Toss out: Anything with trans fat. Anything containing trans fat or hydrogenated oil is a recipe for weight gain and should be gotten rid of for good.
- Toss out: Kid's breakfast items. High in sugar content, and lacking nutritional value, steer clear of anything you would have eaten for breakfast growing up. Instead, buy cereal that has less than 10 grams of sugar and over 3 grams of fiber.
- Toss out: Cheap snacks and sugary drinks. Get rid of all the chips, pretzels, cookies, candy, soda and sweet tea in your house to relieve all temptation. Instead, keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand for when you want a snack!
- Stock up: Rolled oats and canned beans. Rolled oats are a great source of healthy carbohydrates and paired with eggs make a great breakfast. Canned beans make an excellent side to dinner or lunch since they are packed with protein.
- Stock up: Smart snacks. Once you get rid of all those unhealthy snacks that tempt you throughout the day, stock up on healthy snacks such as raw almond, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and plain microwave popcorn.
- Stock up: Lean proteins. The best sources of lean protein include chicken, turkey breast, fresh fish, and lean red meat. Always try to have plenty of lean protein on hand and if you need to save a little extra cash, simply buy in bulk and split it up into smaller sizes to freeze.
- Stock up: Fresh produce. Food items that don’t require a food label are some of the best weight loss foods. Fruits and veggies should make up a major portion of your diet, but just don’t buy too much that it goes to waste!
- Stock up: A water pitcher. Instead of wasting money on bottled water, buy a Brita water pitcher and keep it in your fridge so you always have cold water on hand for when you want a glass or need to fill up your own bottle.
Making these changes in your kitchen will get you on the road to healthier eating and on your way to easy weight loss and fast weight loss.
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