Spring is in the air and everyone I know is trying to get organized.
I have been cleaning out closets, drawers the garage and now it’s time for my refrigerator. I try to clean my fridge every month, but I have to admit I have been procrastinating for a while. The light broke about 3 years ago, and I haven’t had time to fix it. My husband finally got the part and fixed it about 2 weeks ago and I was seriously so happy. Having the light fixed was a miracle, but then I saw how disgusting it was. I was totally grossed out, and I actually can’t believe I am showing you the before pictures.
First things first.
I had my girls help me take everything out of the fridge. We dumped expired salad dressings, old sandwiches, bad fruits and veggies and a lot more. The kids actually thought it was fun to help clean it out. We turned it into a game and whoever got the most items out first won a popsicle.
Next we had to give the fridge a good scrub. We got sanitation wipes and a mixture of 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water. Baking soda is the best sanitizer and it removes unwanted odors. You don’t even need to rinse off the baking soda and water. This will make your refrigerator sparkling clean. Keep an open box of baking soda in you fridge to keep it smelling fresh.
The recommended temperature is 40 degrees. You should always buy a separate refrigerator thermometer to get an accurate temperature reading.
I have had my eye on these pyrex storage dishes at Costco for a while. You can store and cook food in them and they were under $40.00 for this box set. I love them.
I need to have food in my fridge that is quick and easy because I am always on the go, and I don’t want to snack on junk food all day. So here are a few must haves that you will find in my refrigerator.
1. Greek yogurt
My girls love yogurt for a snack and so do I. Dannon light and fit Greek yogurt has only 80 calories and it is delicious. Greek yogurt can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt. This makes you feel fuller longer. It is easy to digest and low in carbohydrates.
2. Fruits and vegetables
We love to munch on carrots, apples, celery, oranges and avocados. I try to leave healthy snacks out on the counter top so if anyone gets hungry they can reach for an apple instead of a fruit snack. Fruit and vegetables are rich in essential vitamins that help keep the body healthy, they are high in fiber, can help contribute to weight loss and help maintain your energy level. Add some hummus and it is the perfect combo.
3. Boiled Eggs
We eat a lot of boiled eggs in our home. They are perfect for a snack or breakfast. Eggs are filled with protein. Protein helps give your body energy and makes you feel full longer. They also are a great source of vitamin D which helps grow healthy hair and nails. We eat both organic and commercially produced eggs. Pasture-raised organic hens produce eggs that have 2/3 more vitamin A, three times more vitamin E and seven times more beta carotene. Read more here.
What do you prefer?
4. Green Juice
This is my favorite green drink. Even my kids love it. I drink it for breakfast and lunch and then I will have a healthy dinner. Some benefits to juicing are you get all the fruits and vegetables you need in one serving, juicing keeps you regular (natural diaretic), it is a quick meal when you are on the go, and it helps your complexion and gives you a natural glow.
2 green apples
2 peeled cucumbers
1 stalk of celery
3 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
a bunch of parsley
You can buy 2 salads for under $5 at Costco. There is a choice of either a honey dijon or a sante fe salad that are each under 300 calories and so tasty. Or, just make your own–I love to add Kale, greek olives, cucumbers, feta cheese and some light balsamic vinaigrette.
6. Organic or Regular milk
Organic vs. Regular milk. I actually buy both. Organic is more expensive and one of the most popular organic products. Organic milk is produced in all natural conditions. Regular milk is obtained from cows that are fed on grass sprayed with fertilizers and chemicals. Read more here. Milk does do a body good. It is great for bone health, smooth skin, strong immune system , dental decay, and obesity to name a few.
7. Water and Coconut Water
I drink about 8 glasses a day. I really want to purchase a Brita water filter. This filter pitcher removes dirt particles and chemicals providing you great tasting water. Some of these impurities only have aesthetics water effects; others can affect your health.
Sometimes I get super hungry right after I eat breakfast and lunch. If you are not drinking enough water you will get dehydrated and it will trigger a false hunger. Coconut water not only removes toxins from the body but they have anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties that help to cure the disease. Read more here.
-Raw ground meats, poultry and seafood,can be refrigerated for 1-2 days
-Raw roast, steak and pork can be refrigerated for 3-5 days
-Cooked meat, poultry and seafood can be stored for 3-4 days
-Milk can stay fresh for up to 5 days after the expiration date on the carton
-Raw eggs maintain their freshness for about 2-4 weeks
-Opened fresh deli meats last for 5-6 days
What do you think about organic vs. nonorganic?
When was the last time you cleaned out your refrigerator and filled it with healthier choices?
What are your favorite healthy snacks and meals?
I hope you enjoy spring cleaning out your refrigerator.
Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada. She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German). She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.