Healthy Fridge = Healthy Eating

Like most of the world, I made a commitment to begin making healthier choices when it came to what I was eating, and like most...I've done this before and been derailed before long.  

This year I made some changes to my fridge to help me make those healthy choices faster and easier. Here's one of them...

I don't know about you, but when I think about why I make the food choices I do on a regular basis, it usually comes down to 'speed'.  What can I grab right now?!  So when I recently made the decision to pay closer attention to the food choices I was making, I knew I needed to make the healthy choices quickly and easily available to me.

It's been about a month now and....It's working!

Keeping lots of options in the crisper section of my fridge has been a huge help. 
A big help is pre-dicing and slicing veggies I like to use on a regular basis.
I can open them up to toss into a quick salad...
....or toss them into a hot skillet for a quick stir fry or sautee. 

The center shelf of my fridge is now filled with my top 'go to'  options. 
1.  Healthier grains can take a little time to prepare,
so now I take one day a week to prepare a large batch of quinoa and brown rice, 
bag it and keep it in the fridge.  I can scoop out a portion (large or small) 
and toss it into the skillet to heat with a quick stir fry or use cold as a tossed side dish.  
(Both are GREAT with some of those pre-diced veggies in the crisper, 
a little olive oil and one of my favorite seasoning blends 
2.  A basket filled with easy to snack on options helps a lot. 
Nuts, toasted oats, etc... I am also known to keep sliced cucumber, celery and carrots here too.  
They are GREAT for dipping into my homemade salsa
3. I've become a big fan of spinach.  
Whether used fresh in a salad, 
sauteed as a side or with eggs 
or in a fruit smoothie (you can't even taste it when you blend it in!)
...having a container of organic spinach leaves has become a staple in my fridge.  
Cooking with fresh herbs is a great way to add a boost of flavor. 
It's easy to keep them fresher longer when you place the cut stems of your favorite herbs 
into a small cup of water.  Just like cut flowers in a vase!  
Placing the cups into a small basket keeps them more secure on the fridge shelf, 
and if they do topple over, 
the water will pool in the basket and not pour all over your fridge!

What tips or tricks do you use 
to help with healthier choices in your meal planning? 

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