A medicine cabinet largely contains medicine, but where do you keep your vitamins, supplements and other nutrition-focused items? Probably the kitchen, and its likely time for a fresh start in the New Year. Here are some ideas of where you can make the biggest impact.

Refrigerator

Do you often find unused produce and spoiled dairy in fridge? Often times people pick up fresh foods and produce with the intention of cooking more at home, packing bag lunches and committing to less eating out. Busy schedules can get the best of us, however, and fresh items may go to waste. Tips for eating more at home and keeping it fresh:

  • Prep foods once for the week. Clean and prep vegetables, portion and season proteins, wash and portion fruit for easy access and simple meal prep
  • Freeze fresh baked goods to prevent spoiling; thawing is quick and taste stays fresh
  • Bag or pack single-servings of grab-and-go snacks to keep portion control in check 

 

Cabinets

Check your cabinets for expired vitamins and nutrition supplements and discard those with past expiration dates. A few tips for focusing your nutrition goals:

  • Restock only those vitamins and minerals that you are committed to taking regularly; purchase enough that you will not run out just when you’ve got a good routine going.
  • Consider a general multivitamin with minerals, and consider those that target your gender and age-group, since they provide some additional benefits that focus on you.
  • Consider immune support products with antioxidants that will help you stay on your feet through the long winter months ahead.
  • Omega-3 supplements, should be part of your daily routine - and especially if you’re not getting a few servings of oily fish per week - for their connection with things like the health of your heart, joints and brain function.

 

Pantry

People find there are times when their food choices have fallen into a rut, and are in need of some uplifting. Check out some of these simple swaps for better choices in the pantry for a better year ahead.

  • Try brown, wild rice or ancient grains (quinoa, sorghum, chia) instead of white rice or pasta  
  • Swap out white flour crackers for those with whole grains, seeds, better oils and less salt
  • Instead of simple grains like puffed rice and sugary cereals, choose cereals that include dried fruits, less sugar, whole grains and plenty of wholesome fiber

 

Start this year off right, beginning with your nutritional health, and your kitchen!