How To Give Your Kitchen A Wellness Makeover

A wellness makeover in the kitchen? Seems kind of redundant, right? If you’re already focusing on living a healthy lifestyle, you may be thinking, “my kitchen already is wellness-ready!” But let’s deep dive a little further. Is there more you could be doing in the kitchen to make it the nirvana of wellness? Here are a few changes and swaps we suggest making.

Streamline your staples

Your pantry is often a black hole for snacks and supplies. Having an organized pantry will help you keep a better inventory of what you have on hand and what you can use for weekly dinners. Instead of leaving everything in the original packaging, invest in glass jars so you can store and display your healthy grains, beans and baking goods. Even better, buy your pantry staples in bulk at your local bulk store and completely eliminate the need for unnecessary packaging.

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Invest in cooking appliances that make it easier

I love spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles, but they definitely take a lot more prep. Adding things like quality blenders, food processors, mandolins and spiralizers will make healthy cooking a breeze. And we all know we’re much less likely to dial for takeout when the meal prep isn’t daunting.

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Plant an herb garden

More importantly, plant it on your windowsill! Access to fresh, easy-to-grow herbs like basil and mint will encourage you to reach for your homegrown ingredients as opposed to store-bought. Be honest, who doesn’t throw out a bunch of wilty cilantro or parsley at the end of the week? Having your herb garden visible subconsciously reminds you to search out fresh foods first before hitting the processed section.

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Use your fridge for visual reminders

Printables are a healthy gal’s best friend. On your fridge, print out and post up things like The Dirty Dozen list, what you can compost and yummy recipes from Pinterest to inspire your meals. If you’re looking at delicious, healthy food daily, you’ll be more excited to turn those meals into a reality. Besides, we all know fresh produce is way prettier than processed food anyway, right?

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Make temptations hard to reach

Everyone keeps some kind of special treat in their home. Whether your achilles heel is sweet or salty, don’t make it easily accessible. Put it somewhere where you have to make an effort to get to it. If you have to get out the step ladder to reach it, you may reconsider how many times during the week you need to grab it.

Keep water visible

Whether you use a pitcher or a water filter, try and keep it visually front and center in your fridge. Hydration is the key to wellness, but it’s easy to forget to get our fill throughout the day. If your fridge has a built-in water system, consider keeping an additional pitcher with fresh lemon slices or cucumber as an incentive to hydrate.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram