6 Simple Steps to an Organized Pantry. #4 is my Favorite.

When was the last time you organized your pantry? The pantry is one place that can get out of hand quickly if you don’t have a system of keeping it organized.

 Currently The CDC is recommending “having enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.” If your pantry is a mess you probably have no clue how many days or weeks of food you have on hand. Even if you are not worried about Covid-19, it’s still probably a good idea to have food as the people who are panicking are clearing the shelves of basic necessities. 

Also because we are now practicing social distancing this makes it the perfect opportunity for getting organized at home, especially your pantry. Follow these 6 simple steps to organizing your pantry.

Step 1: Clear your Pantry out

Clear all the items out of your pantry. I know that probably seems like a lot of work but it’s the best way to get your pantry under control and what else do you have to do right now?!

Step 2: It’s time to purge

First step, is look at the expiration dates on all your items. This seems pretty self explanatory but throw out all the bad food. Additionally, If you pick up an item that is still good but your family won’t it eat it then place it in a box for donation.

Step 3: Wipe your shelves down

The pantry can be one of the most neglected areas so wipe those shelves and clean the floor if you have a walk in.

Step 4: storage solutions

My favorite part is storage solutions. Time to go shopping! Before buying a ton of storage items that might not work consider looking at how much space you have to work with and dimensions. Here are some storage solutions ideas for keeping that pantry organized.

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Cereal containers
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Airtight food storage containers
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Storage Bins
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Plastic Bins

Step 5: Organize by category

I like systems because systems should make your life easier. When you open your pantry you should be able to find what you need quickly.  I categorize all the baking items together, Breakfast items, kids snacks, etc. I decide what should be lower for my kids reach and which items should be higher.

Step 6: Bonus point organization step.

I like to have some easy meals on hand. For instance, I will have a bin labeled chili. All the pantry items to make it in labeled bin. Another one might be spaghetti.

Do you have a pantry organization tip, I would love to hear?

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How To Eat out: Spring Training Ballpark Edition

Baseball season is back! I don’t even care if you like baseball, you most likely will end up at a spring training game this spring. The Arizona weather is perfect and as always, we are shoveling sunshine! Eating out though can be tricky so follow along as I break it down ballpark style.

Let’s talk food. Are you trying keep your healthy habits going? You are screwed, Just kidding!

Baseball games are the perfect opportunity for mindless eating. The games are FOREVER long and most of our favorite past times include eating.

My advice, stay home! Again, I am kidding. The idea of creating healthy habits is to figure out how to do it outside of your home. For instance, learning how to control your want vs need.

5 Tips to Eating Out at the Ballpark

1.) Do your research before you hit the stadium if it’s possible.  A mindful way to eat out is to do your research before you head to the event. Sometimes though there will be no information online, so you just have to guess what types of foods will be there. Camelback Ranch has what they offer up and once regular season hits, here is Chase field‘s.

2.) Do not starve yourself before the game. The biggest way to put a road bump in your progress is to self sabotage. You think “I am going to the game later, I just won’t eat all day”; and that turns into nachos, with nacho cheese on your hotdog, soda, beer, and a popcorn. My biggest advice is to fill up on lean protein and veggies throughout the day before eating out at the baseball game.

3.) Pick one fun food item. Yes just one! It could be challenging to find healthier options so if you are a craving a hot dog, have the hotdog. You have to put on your adult pants though and pick a hot dog or a slice of pizza. Once you have the selected fun food, really enjoy it. If your fun food is wanting popcorn, share it with a friend! It’s hard adulting sometimes but I know your goals are worth it! Eat out mindfully.

4.) Water. This might sound crazy, but yes, drink water. It will help you to feel fuller which means eating less food and it can be crazy hot in Arizona. Do you want to learn more about your need for water consumption? click here

5.) Move. Want to prevent boredom eating, get up and walk a lap around the stadium. There is no rule that you have to wait till the seventh-inning stretch to move your body. Do it!

Bonus Tips

Bring your own healthy food. Yes!! Some of ballparks allow you to bring food, but I highly suggest you look it up before you bring it.

Don’t forget your Sunscreen! This is not a food tip, don’t eat sunscreen! Rather put it on your body. Skin cancer is not going to be a good time, I promise. Don’t forget to apply and re apply for your health.

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September 2018 Recipies!

Banana Vanilla Smoothie Bowl

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Ingredients
1- Frozen Banana
Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt – Vanilla 
¼ cup Skim Milk
1 scoop Vital ProteinsCollagan Powder – Optional 
 
Toppings
¼ cup sliced strawberries
¼ cup sliced blueberries 
1/2 a serving of Great grains cereal
 
Directions
1. Blend yogurt, banana, Milk, Collagen Powder until it’s a smooth liquid.
 
2. Top with toppings and enjoy!
 

Nutrients

Serves 1
Protein: 33g
Carbs: 62g
Fat:  2g
Fiber: 7g

Banana fun facts:
-a great source of B6 
– a good source of fiber & Potassium*
            * Potassium plays a key role in supporting hear, bone, and muscle health
-Potassium-rich food help reduce bloating and water retention

 
Selection and Storage of Bananas  
-Choose Yellow Bananas with little green at the top because sometimes green bananas do not ripen properly at home
-They can be stored on the countertop or kept in the refrigerator to slow spoiling 

Pumpkin Muffins

MBH pumkin muffins

Ingredients:

1 spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin puree (small can, not pie filling)

Directions:

Preheat to 325 degrees.
Mix spice cake mix together with pumpkin. Scoop into lined or well-sprayed muffins.
Bake 18-20 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).

Stir together cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Make sure you use the smaller can (15 or 16 oz). This makes 12 muffins which take about 18 minutes to bake. DONE!

Nutrition:
per muffin
156 calories 3.5g F, 31g C, 1g P

*Option to add some powdered sugar on top. I like the swerve brand found at Sprouts. 

Pumpkin Pie Butter

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter – I used land o’ lakes light butter
3/4 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of salt- optional

Directions:

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and MIX!
 

Nutrition:
 4 servings 
1 tablespoon 10g C, 6g F, 0 P

I put mine on sweet potato toast. YUM! 


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Trader Joe’s Fall Finds

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Okay, so I am just going to be honest, I love Trader Joe’s! I mean who doesn’t, am I right? Trader Joe’s makes healthy eating and finding unique tasty items a breeze! A while back I did a blog on My Trader Joe’s Must Haves, so with fall creeping up on us quickly now’s the perfect time for me to share some of the amazing fall finds I snagged the other day! The whole family is sure to fall in love with these items! Continue reading

Surviving Fall Smell Spells, Macro Style!

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Fall is in the air with all of the wonderful smells that come this time of year… Pumpkin Spice, caramel apple, hot chocolate and more, mmmmmmmm. It’s one thing to fight the urge of buying every candle and tart warmer in sight along with all the super cute decorations. But it’s a whole other story trying to fight the urge of eating all the sweets and homemade treats. I’ve got your back, follow these simple tricks and you will be able to enjoy all of the wonderful smells and even some of the tastes but none of the guilt.

Take Your Own Snacks

If you know you are headed out to a fall festival where there will be lots of treats to eat, make sure to bring your own. Get creative and bring something that is different than you normally eat so it still seems like you’re getting a special treat. Some ideas are:

  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Peanut butter protein balls

Don’t Go Hungry

Make sure you eat before you go. It will be easier to pass up items that you should avoid if you are full. Also, drink lots of water!

Plan Ahead

Look into what will be available where you are going. Plan on making choices prior to your event that will allow you to have a little something special while out. If there is a menu available look at it, you might be surprised to see there are items available that you can modify and have.

Share

Just because you order something it doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole thing and lick your plate. Share your special treat with someone!

It takes a lot of dedication to live a macro lifestyle, however, the benefits are great! Don’t let fall smells tempt you too much. Remember it’s okay to enjoy, just don’t indulge. Also, planning is key, to attend fall parties and festivals and not find yourself eating every treat in sight.