3 simple ways to stock and organize your refrigerator for a healthier diet

If you think about it, the refrigerator is the heart of the kitchen. While it works when you're awake and while you're sleeping, if you don't tend to it, it becomes clogged and rotten.  And ultimately, you get out of it what you put into it, right?

My spring "cleaning & greening" chore for the day was to clean out my fridge.  Here are some things I've learned about keeping the "heart beating"!
  • Keep fruits and vegetables AT EYE LEVEL, not in the produce drawers.  I realize those drawers may keep things fresher longer, but I tend to forget what I have when they're hidden away.  If you look at a food every time you open the fridge, you'll eat it!  This is a great way to reduce waste!
  • Store foods like nuts, seeds and grains in the fridge in glass containers....they'll last longer!  You can recycle glass jars from jams, pickles etc. and use those, or buy a set.  Glass is so much better for storing food as it doesn't leach harmful chemicals the way plastics can!
  • Save leftovers- even small amounts!  A few bites of leftovers is a favorite shared snack for me and little Sam.  Or get creative- even if you have only an ounce or two of chicken or vegetables left after a meal, you can reuse that and add to eggs, tortillas for tacos or greens for a little extra spunk in your salad!
An organized fridge makes meal planning and thus healthy living easier!  


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