So, the festive period is officially over for another year, and what better way to start the year afresh than with a cupboard detox? I did mine yesterday and it feels great!
Many of us are still in that post-Christmas/New Year phase, with a fridge stuffed with cheeses and cupboards bursting with chocolates, sweets, and all of the other nibbles that we quite probably over-bought (and arguably didn’t need in the first place!). In addition, you probably still have half full wine bottles, soft drinks and a freezer full of ice cream!
What to do? Simple! Now is the time to just get rid of it; here are a few options:
Give it away
Whilst this avoids waste, it does inevitably mean that someone else then has the dilemma of 'eating it Vs getting rid'!
Throw it away
As much as I hate food waste, there is a time when I don’t mind so much – and that is with nutritionally empty food that won’t do anyone any favours!
You might want to have a chocolate before you chuck out the box, or consider how you could use some of the cheese in a meal - perhaps loaded cheesy sweet potato skins or broccoli ‘cauliflower cheese’. However, we are not suggesting a final ‘blow out’ meal. This often seems like a good idea, because no-one likes to waste money or food, but I guarantee that a blow out meal will make you feel rubbish after a few minutes.
So, once you have decided on your method, it’s time to… DETOX YOUR CUPBOARDS! If it isn’t there, you can’t eat it! Simple.
After the clear out, you can then RE-STOCK! Make space to restock your cupboard with healthy foods that will make creating simple and tasty dishes really easy.
Here is my storecupboard list to give you some inspiration:
- Pulses and beans (lentils, kidney beans, cannellini beans, butter beans)
- Tinned tomatoes
- Light coconut milk
- Salt and pepper
- Dried chillies
- Stock cubes/stock pots/bouillon powder
- Tins of salmon/tuna/sardines
- Rice (brown or white)
- Pasta (brown or white)
- Oil (rapeseed for cooking/olive for dressings)
- Porridge oats
- Herbs and spices
- Mustard (the good old English variety)
This isn’t an extensive list, but it is a great foundation of some speedy, tasty and healthy meals. Now be sure to check out the sochal recipes for loads of delicious and nutritious meal ideas!
Happy Detoxing (and restocking!)