Are you one of those people who has a pretty good handle on WHAT to eat, but struggles with prep and planning? You are NOT alone! This can be especially frustrating when you have a demanding busy schedule and wind up grabbing something “junky” just because you didn’t have a healthy go-to snack or meal ready at hand.

One of our favorite tips to get you started is to get down and dirty with your kitchen pantry.

Yup – its time to put your organizational skills to work in your kitchen. Think about how much more productive your life is when you have your files and closets organized. Well the same rules apply to your “eating” strategies.

So head over to your pantry, take a good hard look, and ask yourself: When is the last time you REALLY cleaned things out?

Let’s begin with our step-by-step approach:

Step 1: Dig deep and ditch anything old and stale (we promise this will feel SO good).

Step 2: Get out your empty glass jars or head to any supermarket or store like Target or Costco and purchase a pack of mason jars.

Step 3: Get some fun labels from a craft store; or you can purchase online from Amazon. We use something like THIS.

Step 4: Take your pantry items and distribute them into labeled jars.

Step 5: Organize your foods into categories like canned beans, dry beans/lentils, rice, noodles, nuts, seeds, etc. This makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for, especially important when time is a factor.

Once you have these steps down, you can move onto your fridge and freezer (trust us once you get started it feels so amazing you will want to keep up the momentum).

Keep in mind: A well-stocked and organized kitchen is key to staying on track with healthier habits for the long term.

For more fun ideas and conversation, check out our Nutrition and Lifestyle Hacks for Women Over 50 and engage with us there 🙂

Jane and Stephanie help women over 50 create sustainable healthy eating habits so they can feel empowered heading into retirement. Their 3-pronged approach, which can fit into any lifestyle, encompasses not only wholesome energizing foods but powerful habit and mindset shifts.