We put together a list of five common bad-for-you foods that may be lurking in your fridge and five healthier-for-you replacements.
Have you heard? It's National Clean Out Your Fridge Day! With the holidays quickly approaching and Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a perfect time of year to poke your head in the fridge and do some cleaning. And not just the expired stuff or condiments you never use. We put together a list of five common bad-for-you foods that may be lurking in your fridge and five healthier-for-you replacements. Make these swaps, and you'll be set up to be healthier this holiday season!
5 Food Swaps to Make on National Clean Out Your Fridge Day
1. Creamy salad dressings. With long ingredient lists and mega-high calorie and fat counts, it's best to toss your blue cheese and ranch dressings out for good. Instead, top your salads with better-for-you balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil.
2. Soda. Yep, there's just no place for soda in a healthy fridge on National Clean Out Your Fridge Day. So toss it, and replace it with cans of carbonated water that's flavored with natural lemon or lime.
3. Juice blends. Beware of juice blends, as many of them don't have 100 percent juice. Instead of getting your nutrition from a drink, stock up your fridge with healthy whole fruits. Eating — not drinking — your fruit will keep you full, too!
4. Margarine. Most types of margarine are highly processed and high in saturated fat. No cool! So clean it out of your fridge and instead use olive oil or canola oil in your cooking and baking when you can.
5. Processed lunch meat. High in sodium and fat, and usually preserved with nitrates, processed lunch meat like deli cold cuts, bologna, and ham are not a healthy gal's best friend. On National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, swap these out for freshly roasted and sliced turkey, chicken, or roast beef. You can either roast your own or look for brands that are low in nitrates and sodium.
Happy National Clean Out Your Fridge Day! What swaps will you make in your fridge?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.