Healthy Kitchen Detox For New Year
New year is a period that inspires change. Just as we spring clean our homes, our kitchen needs some extra love and care as well. It is time to “reset” for one of the most important rooms of your home.
The Rules of Kitchen Detox
Try to eliminate processed foods and replace them with whole and simple foods. Start by looking at the ingredients on your packaged items. If there are quite a few ingredients that you can’t even pronounce or have no idea what they are, do a quick Google search. If you find that they are sugars or fillers, get rid of them!
Go through the packaged items in your pantry, fridge and freezer and toss anything that is old or expired. Also, items that you haven’t used in over six months (including kitchen gadgets like salad spinners and random utensils) should be tossed or given away to make room for items that have more use in your life.
First: Pantry Makeover
Get rid of items with trans fat, saturated fat, and hydrogenated oils. Not all saturated fat is created equal. Saturated fat that is found in processed and fatty foods should be avoided, yet many health gurus stand by the research that supports saturated fat benefits from sources like coconut oil. So toss out margarine, shortening and canola oil. Use oils like olive oil, coconut and avocado oil instead.
Another ingredient to purge? Sugar. Not only do you want to nix that actual bag of sugar in your cupboard, you should be mindful of sugars in processed foods as well such as sauces and dressings. If you want to add sweetness to your treats and sweets, opt for natural sweeteners like palm nectar, coconut sugar and organic raw honey.
Swap out dry goods like refined white flour, bread, pasta and cereal for items like the following:
Next: Fridge and Freezer Detox
After you’ve gone through and have thrown out your expired food, fill up on fresh, organic and seasonal produce, make sure that any sprouted grain bread or grains are stored in the fridge for extra freshness as well. Let’s go through some fridge essentials that will make your kitchen that much healthier:
If you eat animal protein, always choose items that are organic and ethically sourced such as grass-fed beef. If you are plant-based, you can stock up on items such as tempeh or tofu.
If you are dairy intolerance, cut out milk and cheese. For dairy alternatives, filling up with almond milk, coconut milk, and dairy-free cheeses and spreads.
Healthier condiment essentials:
When it comes to condiments, they are often filled with ingredients that provide no nutritional value or fillers and additives. There are many different brands that are healthier alternatives to mustard, mayo and ketchup that are packed with real food and wholesome ingredients.
Last: Detox Your Cleaning Solutions
Swap out your cleaning solutions for eco-friendly, natural and safe alternatives. Non-toxic, non-chemical products will be better for you and may protect your health in the long run as well. A cleaning solution as simple as vinegar, baking soda, water and your favorite essential oil is great for countertops and wood flooring. You can find healthier alternatives for everyday products like all-purpose cleaner and dish soap
When performing a kitchen detox, a simple question to keep in mind when shopping for new items is “How will this nourish me?” This way, if you come upon a box of cookies or chips and you can’t find a single nutritional benefit, then you will be more likely to find healthier alternatives that taste great while also keeping your wellness efforts intact!