After grocery shopping, many of us would prefer to just put things away as quick as we can. That does sound like a good idea knowing that many of us probably have more enjoyable things to do than grocery shop. However, the way we put our food may determine if we will eat it or not. For example, If we have our grapes way on the bottom shelf shoved in the back behind a bunch of other food, we will probably want to grab something else quicker (even if its more unhealthy). So here is a method I found to all this madness to keep things fresh and easy accessible.

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Prep Ahead Plan:  Over the weekend, take some time to wash and cut fruit, boil eggs, roast meat, dice cheese and do any other prep work that lets you have lots of grab and go healthy options during busy weekdays!

Grab and Go Snacks:
On the top left you’ll notice a selection of “ready to eat” foods that we can literally grab and go.  Washed carrots and snap peas, hummus, pineapple chunks, cucumbers and red pepper.

Healthy Beverages:
Skim milk, water with lemon, water with cucumber and mint (great for your skin!),  water bottles, orange juice (reduced sugar with no added sweeteners), 100% cranberry and pomegranate juice.

Fruit:
Always fully stocked with apples, oranges, pears, lemons, etc…

Deli:
I’d like to stay from deli items on a more regular basis.  They’re loaded with sodium and nitrates and using our own roasted meats (even an all natural rotisserie turkey or chicken from your local market would work!).  This week we have sliced roasted chicken and cubed reduced fat sharp cheddar.

Quick Protein Snacks:
On the bottom left we have lots of protein packed snacks and/or meal options like cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc…

Berries and Lunch Box Items:
Love me some berries!  We keep blueberries, strawberries and raspberries next to packable lunch box items like apple sauce, yogurt and Fruitable juice boxes.

Soft Cheese Drawer:
Mozzarella for make your own pizza night, feta for salads, etc.  (And yes, we have real butter.  It’s a must on our popcorn during the occasional family movie night!  NOT healthy but SO good!)

Veggies:
These are the veggies that we have with meals.  This week they include different types of squash, broccoli, asparagus, salad fixings, green beans, peppers, eggplant,  garlic, etc.

 

(Thank you Pinterest) really good recourse.

 

Happy healthy eating!

Meg C.