Forget diets. That’s right, we just said it. When it’s time to make a permanent change in your life—the kind you’ll see and feel—then you need to create change from the ground up. One of the best places to begin is in the fridge. But where should your refrigerator rehab start? This list for a Forever Weight Loss Fridge will help jumpstart your new lifestyle.
For many women, dieting involves adjusting eating habits until a certain amount of weight is lost, and then drifting back to the unhealthy habits that triggered the excess weight in the first place. Stop the diet yo-yo and start to make changes that keep you healthier and fitter for life. A smart step is to adopt a clean eating lifestyle that includes foods to support weight loss.
What is clean eating? It’s choosing to consume healthful portions of foods that are non- or minimally processed instead of those that are packaged and processed. The reality is that too many processed foods are loaded with stuff your body doesn’t need. Think sugar, fat, calories, and chemical additives. With clean eating, you’ll snack on a fresh apple rather than artificially-sweetened applesauce. Learn more in 7 Simple Steps to Clean Eating.
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Butter – Real butter is one of the clean eating foods that can be eaten in moderation.
Cheese – Low-fat cheese is also fine in moderation. Stock up on low-fat string cheese for a quick perfectly-portioned snack.
Milk – Choose unflavored, low-fat or fat-free varieties.
Dairy Alternative – If you’re dairy-sensitive, stock the fridge with unsweetened alternatives, such as almond, hazelnut, or rice milk.
Greek Yogurt – Reach for fat-free Greek yogurt to benefit from a higher protein content than typical varieties. Choose plain to avoid refined sugars. For a boost of flavor and nutrition, add a handful of berries, nuts, or homemade granola. Greek yogurt is also a healthier alternative to sour cream in many recipes.
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When buying foods to support weight loss, produce is a must-have, so load up on fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Frozen is an economical choice, too. If you’re choosing frozen, avoid options with added sugar or sauces.
Green, Leafy Veggies – We included these separately because green, leafy vegetables, like romaine lettuce or spinach, are a staple for living a healthier lifestyle. Use them to put together a green salad to enjoy with entrees or use them as a sandwich topping.
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Lean Poultry – Chicken breasts, ground chicken, and ground turkey are all smart clean eating foods for your fridge.
Healthy Fish – Get your omega-3s by choosing wild salmon, halibut, flounder, tilapia, trout, anchovies, or shrimp. Dig into this Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing.
CLEAN EATING CONDIMENTS/TOPPINGS
Hummus – Enjoy fresh veggies with Zucchini Hummus.
Ketchup – Switch out processed brands, which often contain refined sugar, for this Homemade Healthy Ketchup.
Salad Dressing – Forget store-bought brands with added refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup—make your own healthy dressing, like this Clean Eating Caesar Dressing.
Salsa (no sugar added)
Foods to support weight loss aren’t just for the fridge! Check out The Forever Weight Loss Pantry to learn how to reboot your pantry for clean eating.
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