Anyone who has walked the freezer aisles at the store knows how plentiful frozen temptations are. How does your freezer measure up?
Dump this: Ice cream. We may as well get this one over with. Unless you find yourself throwing out full containers of ice cream that went bad–because you never eat it, hiding a gallon or two (or even a pint) of your favorite ice cream is NOT a good idea. Save yourself from that temptation and don’t buy ice cream.
* Add to your shopping list: Frozen berries. When your sweet tooth starts acting up, warm some frozen berries and mix them with some cottage cheese. This makes a high-protein, low glycemic index, nutritious snack. What other ice cream replacement ideas do you have? Please comment below!
Dump this: Frozen Pizza. This is another one of those items that is just too tempting to keep around. Why would you bother to make a healthy dinner when a frozen pizza is calling your name? Ban frozen pizza from your home and watch your waist start to shrink.
* Add to your shopping list: There are some amazingly tasty, low calorie, healthy frozen dinners at Trader Joe’s that aren’t insanely high in carbs (this is rare–be really cautious about most frozen meals!). Here are a few of my personal favorites: Roasted Poblano Peppers (with shrimp), Misoyaki Turbot, Chicken Gorgonzola, and Chicken Serenada. For quick dinners keep your freezer filled with healthy, balanced options.
Dump this: Frozen Breakfast Food. French toast, waffles and pancakes are popular items in the freezer aisle. Don’t fall for the pretty photos and tasty-sounding names. These items are highly processed and contain loads of unnecessary sugar.
* Add to your shopping list: Frozen single servings of ready to reheat steel cut oatmeal (the kind that takes 30 minutes to cook originally). Trader Joes actually sells these, too. Or you can just make a batch of steel cut oats, and freeze single servings. Then eat them with a good portion of protein (like eggs or cottage cheese) to have a quick, tasty, perfectly balanced breakfast.
What other solution have you found? What other impossible temptations are lurking in your freezer? Please comment and interact below.
And in a few days, I’ll be back to discuss the last area of your kitchen to go through … the pantry.