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How to do a Healthy Kitchen Clearout

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Do you look in your fridge on a weekday evening only to default to frozen pizza or spaghetti and cheese, again? Maybe you’ve got all the right intentions to eat well but despite a well stocked pantry you still end up munching on crisps and wine while you cook. It’s time for a kitchen clearout.


There are all sorts of reasons you have unhealthy foods in the house – your kids or partner like them, they were on special offer, or you hate wasting food so refuse to throw it out are some of the more common ones I hear.


And I also agree, I hate wasting food and see nothing wrong with keeping treats in the house for when an appropriate occasion arises. That doesn’t just have to be once a year birthday’s either. A biscuit with a cuppa is an ok snack if the rest of your diet is good. It’s when a biscuit and a cuppa becomes 3 biscuits on top of the 4 you picked at throughout the morning and the 3 before bed in front of the telly that we have an issue. So ‘not keeping junk in the house’ isn’t a viable option for most Mums.

But giving your kitchen a clearout will

  • Make your life easier as food, especially healthy food, is easy to find and eat or cook with
  • Make sticking to a mostly healthy diet easier, since treats are harder to get hold of
  • Save money from not buying things you don’t need, and buying (often cheaper) less processed versions of the foods you eat

Here’s a step by step guide on how to do a healthy kitchen clearout.


Chuck the inedible

This one is common sense, but if it’s got a use by date of 8 years ago, it’s got to go. Grab a spare plastic bag (I know you hoard them like I do) or bin liner if you know you’ll be chucking a lot, and go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and throw out anything way out of date or inedible. Some dried goods like herbs and spices won’t necessarily make you ill if you eat them, but neither will they taste particularly nice. Stale, dried out, mouldy, bland, clumped together – are you really going to eat it? No, so chuck it.


Layer up your fridge

If everything has a place in your fridge, then it’s easier to see what’s there, you know where to look for things in a hurry, and that single chicken leg in foil won’t get forgotten at the back until the smell alerts you 4 weeks later. Raw meat and fish that could drip goes at the  bottom. Keep meat, fish and dairy away from fruit and veg, and use Tupperware, foil and other suitable containers to keep food fresh.

Do the same with your cupboards; have shelves dedicated to certain food stuffs, and label them if needs be so other family members put things back in the right place. Cupboard and shelf organiser systems can be a godsend if space is tight, check out your local homeware store (I rate Lakeland in the UK) for a huge selection for all kitchen needs.


Get good ratio of healthy to treats

Take a look at your newly cleared out, clean and organised cupboards and fridge. Are there tins of pulses, boxes of oats, packs of nuts and an array of flavours (spices, herbs, sauces) to jazz up healthy ingredients? Or can you see crisps, chocolate bars, boxes of sugar coated cereal and those just-add-water pasta packs that – confession time – I used to love as a teenager. What about the trick foods that aren’t technically junk, but aren’t the healthiest either? Sugary yoghurts, fruit juice, white bread, most breakfast cereals, granola bars, wheat crackers, marmalade…..? Be honest, does it look like a healthy kitchen? If no, even a little bit, move onto the next step.


Out of sight, almost out of mind

I think I was in a war in a past life. I hate wasting anything, most of all food. I’ll turn uneaten muesli into a low sugar fruit crumble and scraps from any meal into an eclectic omelette, so I’m not about to tell you to chuck out all those foods mentioned above.

But what I do want you to do is organise both your cupboards in order of priority, making the healthiest foods easy to see and reach, with the utter junk way out of sight and reach, ideally in a box or tin at the back of the highest cupboard. I know what you’re thinking, if you know it’s there and want it you can get it anyway right? Right, to a degree. But those extra few seconds of effort might be just enough to remember that you actually have a current goal of getting healthy, losing some weight and getting some energy back, and actually there’s something better you could snack on instead.


healthy shopping makeover


By now your cupboards and fridge might be looking a little bare and that’s ok because you’re going to make a shopping list of things to restock, so you’re not stuck for healthy meals in a hurry. Here’s some ideas, but this list is far from exhaustive and the possibilities are endless:




Butternut squash




Frozen peas



Frozen berries








Whole chicken to roast

Lean beef mince

Bean burgers

Whole fish fillets in light breadcrumbs

Natural, Greek or low sugar yoghurt





Wholegrain Sourdough bread

Dried or tinned lentils


Skin-on almonds

Flax seeds



Soy sauce

Lemons & limes

Chilli sauce


Protein bars & powder

Low sugar oat biscuits

No added sugar fruit squash




Find one recipe

Buying a whole new cookbook isn’t necessary. Making fussy ‘health food’ meals your family won’t eat isn’t necessary. If you don’t know how to cook with something look up one recipe for that ingredient, and try it. For example I would google ‘Simple healthy family salmon recipe’. The words simple, healthy and family are important. You don’t want complicated, unhealthy and fussy.


Prep ahead

One thing you’ll notice about whole foods is that they sometimes need more preparation than processed foods. There are ways round this if you are happy to pay a few pennies more for convenience, for example bags of ready chopped vegetables, sliced skinless chicken breasts, snack packs of fresh fruit and pre-portioned pots of nuts, but it doesn’t take long to do this yourself. Invest in good storage pots and don’t chop too much fruit or veg at once so it doesn’t go brown or dry/soggy. 2-3 days at a time max is ideal. For actual meals throwing things in a slow cooking to be ready that evening is great if you don’t get home until late, and most fully prepared meals can be frozen in individual portions; I love those foil take-away style pots for home made ready meals. Porridge and even pancakes can be made the night before and reheated, and smoothie ingredients can be invidividually portioned an frozen so you just chuck the contents into the blender with liquid.


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Your action plan:

  • Chuck the old stuff
  • Organise your cupboards and fridge
  • Rearrange to hide the unhealthy stuff
  • Restock with more nutritious foods
  • Experiment with ways to cook your new ingredients
  • Save time by prepping ahead


Of course this entire process is just another thing on your to-do list and will happen ‘when you get round to it’, if that ever happens. And you’ll likely get interrupted half way through and not finish it. So would you like me to do it for you?

I’ll come to your house and we’ll spend a couple of hours (kids are welcome, I have kids myself so totally understand) clearing, tidying, reorganising and planning and you’ll be left with a kitchen that makes sticking to your healthy eating goals so much easier and simpler. I’ll never make you eat anything you don’t want or like, and we can even go shopping afterwards to do the ‘restock’ if you want, too.


Find out everything you need to know about how to arrange for me to come to you over on this page here, and as always, if you’ve got any questions just drop me a line at . If you live too far away from me there’s ways to get round that so get in touch either way and I’ll see what I can do.


Find out more about in person kitchen clear outs here.

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