When you’re on a mission to lose weight, both exercise and your diet play a huge role in smashing your goals. But there’s nothing worse than depriving yourself of a bunch of foods, only to feel grumpy, lethargic and damn right miserable.
Often, we focus on the foods we can’t eat during a ‘diet’, instead of enjoying all of the meals we can happily consume during our weight loss journey. Of course, there are some things you should certainly cut out where possible, or at least reduce (quite a bit!), such as processed foods and pesky junk foods.
So, what should you be eating? What does a fridge stocked with weight loss goodies really look like? Buckle up, ladies, I’m about to tell you!
But first, get organized
Organizing your fridge is somewhat like a detox that prepares you for your weight loss journey. If you know you’re on the road to eating healthily, sideline any unhealthy foods lying about in your fridge, and make room for your new meals.
Don’t be afraid to invest in some fridge baskets/storage to keep things organized, especially when it comes to meal planning and prepping!
Get ready to prep your portions
We’ve all heard of meal prepping, right? When you know what you’re eating for the week ahead, sticking to a healthy meal plan becomes 10x easier for sure. But this is also key for portion control, especially when it comes to snacks.
It’s incredibly easy to grab a bag of chips and sit at your desk while munching away, but this how the calories sneak in! Instead, prep some healthy snack alternatives (such as hummus with cucumber) and portion them up to keep your snacks in check.
These small changes can make a huge difference in the long run, ladies!
So, what should be in your weight-loss-ready fridge?
Not sure what a fridge stocked for weight loss looks like? We’ve got plenty of things to support your weight loss goals, without breaking the bank, or leaving you hungry!
It’s easy to reach for the soda at every (thirsty) opportunity, but this is where calories can quickly add up. If you’re anything like me, water can be pretty boring, so when you’re itching for some flavor, try adding one of the following fruits to some water:
Skip the juices, smoothies and sodas and start enjoying fresh, crisp water with a little flavor!
Healthy alternatives to popular foods
Just because you’re keeping an eye on your calorie intake, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy certain flavors and types of foods. Thankfully there is a way to make some easy switches!
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For example, if you love flavored non-dairy creamer, swap it out for unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
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Prep a fruit salad and drizzle it with lemon or lime juice to keep it from browning. Then, pack it in an air-tight container for on the go.
Prepped raw veggies
Whether you eat them on their own for a quick snack, or dip them in a little hummus, raw crunchy veg makes for a great snack on the go. Try prepping some cucumber, celery, carrots or zucchini and pack them in an air-tight container.
If you want to keep some dairy in your diet, no problem, but opting for low-fat alternatives can make a huge difference towards your daily intake.
For example, a cup of fat-free yogurt delivers a third of your daily calcium intake. As well as being 17% of your daily protein needs.
Snacking is often where many of us fall down when it comes to eating a healthy, varied diet. But it doesn’t have to be so tricky! Quick salads can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, and kept in the fridge to grab on the go or use as a side with your main meal.
Think spinach, romaine lettuce, beans, nuts, seeds and tomatoes!
Some foods can be easily switched to make a huge difference, including switching from refined or white grain products to whole grains. Keeping a pack of wholewheat pitta pockets or tortillas in the fridge can inspire quick and healthy meals or snacks, such as pitta pizzas.
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Or, why not toast the pitta, cut it up and add a little hummus.
When it comes to getting those healthy fats into your diet, nuts in general can be an easy to grab snack! Many include a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat and a little polyunsaturated fat, plus plant omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re not a fan of nibbling on nuts, get some almond butter and spread it on fruit!
Iced green tea
There are so many drinks around that we consume regularly, yet contain empty calories. These include sodas, juices, smoothies and even coffee in large amounts. Iced green tea can be a powerful tool for boosting weight loss, as it helps to stimulate your immune system, while containing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Let’s smash those goals!
Phew! We made it! Congratulations, ladies, you’re now armed with plenty of fridge-fillers to support your weight loss goals. Making easy, low-fat switches can make a significant difference to your calorie intake, while keeping you feeling full.
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