Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Different Kind of Makeover

Since I got back from California {2 weeks ago} I haven't had much time to get things done, especially groceries and hate to admit my fridge looks like those you find in a consummate bachelor's apartment... Absolutely empty!

In the spirit of keeping with a healthier 2011 I found an article on Real Simple Magazine and Body and Soul Magazine about a healthier fridge and freezer; and even though mine doesn't look at all as the one they show as the unhealthy one it looks far from the healthy one {remember it's empty}. So here is a few pointer from the magazine about a Fridge and Freezer Makeover:

Unhealthy fridge and freezer full of junk or expired foods, cluttered and disorganized (Image Credit)

Healthy fridge and freezer where food is organized in containers
that are visible and healthier (Image Credit)

Top Shelf: Fresh Food Snacks: This is the first one you'll see so keep here the food that you can snack on like fresh veggies and fruits that are ready to eat. Very important remember that these are foods that don't last long so that's why they are easy and ready to eat. 

Second Shelf: Grab-and-Go Fuel: On this shelf place your dairy products like cheese and yogurt that are a great source of calcium and protein. Keeping these company you can have hummus, nuts and nut butters, and cut up vegetables or fruits. Nuts are fantastic because they are a great source of good fats, protein and Omega 3 Acid.

Middle Drawer: Beyond Cold Cuts: Avoid foods that have been treated or added any preservatives (salt or artificial). Opt for cooked meats and cheeses including roasted turkey or chicken, and cheeses like parmigiano or feta to add to other dishes.

Left Bottom Shelf: Liquid Assets: Replace concentrated juices and energy drinks with water and milk. For added flavor prepare pitchers of water with slices of citrus fruits, mint, or cut up berries.

Right Bottom Two Shelves: What's For Dinner?: Store your herds in airtight containers that are visible to keep the fresh. Behind them place cooked grains like quinoa or brown rice (try a brown rice blend for a change) so you can eat them within a couple of days with chopped up veggies and herbs to make great salads or as asides to other dishes. Store here also your eggs, meats and fish so they stay cool... remember that meats and fish can be marinated and placed here to eat the same day.

Bottom Drawers: Your Personal Green Market: the healthiest dishes and salads and made with leaves that include kale, arugula, spinach and all varieties of lettuce. Also, store here veggies you'll use later for snacks or cooking like peppers, carrots, and green beans amongst others. Store fruits here as well but in a separate drawer.

The Door: Condiment Central: All nutritious condiments should be at eye level so it's the first thing you see and everything you should use sporadically, like mayo and ketchup, in lower levels. Avoid store bought salad dressings and marinades, instead prepare your own using olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, garlic or ginger {remember to use a ratio of 2-to-1 of oils and acidic liquids or juices}

The Freezer: Long-Term Sustenance: Frozen veggies and fruits are perfect o create smoothies that are charged with vitamins and minerals for any time of the day. Store everything in individual containers so it helps you keep control of portion sizes and to avoid freezer burn. Freeze fish that is rich in nutrients especially Omega-3 {like salmon} or portioned chicken, pork or beef. Uncooked pastas and grains last longer when kept in the freezer.

Now you can go and make sure you have a healthy fridge and freezer... have a great day!


  1. What a brilliant way to organize the refrigerator! I have to admit, since it's only me, I don't keep my fridge fully stocked -- I usually just grab what I know I'll eat each week. The basics are there as well, but I live week to week for certain.

  2. darn
    something else to do
    mind you
    shouldn't take too long
    (bendy carrot
    wilting celery
    milk marmalade
    and mould)


  3. Such an amazing post! So thorough and completely life changing.

  4. Very useful article. :) I do this a lot for work (I am a nutritionist) and it's amazing how many people need more info on this! x

  5. What great tips! I need to go on a serious reorganizing kick this year.
    xo Josie

  6. Great tip girl:)
    And this way every thing looks so much nicer!

    Have a great day.

  7. These are great tips! I wish my fridge was overflowing with goodies like this! If you see mine's completely bare!

  8. NOW I want to go clean the fridge! Oh well, it isn't as good as the healthy one, but not too far off either!

  9. ha i neeeeed to do this!!


  10. Thanks for the list! We try to be healthy here and this is a great reminder!

  11. What a terrific set up! I love when our fridge is fully stocked with our favorites from the co-op...and hate when I find expired yogurt cluttering the shelves!

  12. Oh to have a fridge this way! No matter how hard I'd try, it would get in disarray soon enough. My husband puts things wherever he pleases no matter how much sense it doesn't make. I can never find things in our kitchen because of it!

  13. Such perfect timing--I tend to buy lots of veggies 2x, forgetting I already have them and then it's a constant struggle and paring down each week. Maybe if I were better organized I could actually see what I needed to pick up! Love the organized healthy fridge image!

    xo Mary Jo

  14. OMG what a brillaint post and amazing tips..Im so going to re-think my whole fridge set up:) Thanks,sweetie

    Ps: I’m hosting an adorable shoes GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for spring!

  15. Boy oh boy should I adapt my fridge to look like this. My fridge is tidy but severely lacking of what is good/healthy food. Thank you so much for posting, you are a life saver. In fact think I'll send on to my adult kids!

    Have a great evening & hope your trip to CA was good?

  16. Inspiring post, definitely a task I need to complete but keep putting off!

  17. such great inspiration as i try to adhere to my new year resolution of eating healthier!

  18. this post is awesome! sursly great tips. i want to keep a healthy fridge like this now so when i have kids i can know what to do when buying way more food!

  19. this is a brilliant post! thank you for sharing these organizing tips, now I have a weekend project re-organizing my fridge :)