There are many food items hanging around your kitchen that could be sabotaging your diet. For starters, Skolnik says unhealthy impulse snacks left out on the kitchen counter are going to lead to temptation, so either get rid of them or keep them out of sight. "If you must have them in your house, at least put them away; keep them out of sight and in a not-so-convenient place to get them," suggests the nutritionist.
Ranch dressing, mayonnaise-based dips and other high-fat, low-nutrient foods should also get the health heave-ho. Skolnick suggests replacing these items with guacamole, hummus and salsa, or even a sundried tomato or sweet red pepper coulis as a sandwich spread and a low-fat, nutritious flavor enhancer.
Anything past its due date or that you can't even remember buying should also get tossed. "Clean out and start from scratch," Skolnik says. This means 10-year-old spices, old boxes and canned goods that have all probably expired.
As you spring-clean your kitchen, you should also make it easy to practice portion control. That means getting rid of large containers of unhealthy or high-fat food.
Keep individual or family-size portions of lean protein (poultry and/or other kinds of meat) in freezer bags with the date on it—ready to be defrosted and turned into a stir-fry, stew or entrée whenever you need them.
Skolnik also suggests using smaller plates to serve on. Big plates can leave us feeling like we didn't eat enough, whereas small plates help keep portions in check.
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