Summer is here and the kids are out of school, which means one thing…time to keep the fridge and pantry stocked. But how healthy are the foods in your pantry and refrigerator? Now is the perfect time to re-think your grocery list and start fresh with an improved and organized pantry. Here are 5 tips to remember while you’re cleaning the junk out of your pantry and stocking it with healthier choices that your kids will love!

1. Start with a clean slate
Sometimes taking everything out of your pantry and refrigerator and laying it all out in front of you is the best way to get started. Because once you have it all over the kitchen, all of the stuff has to go somewhere, right? Instead of tossing everything out and wasting money, reorganize and save the things that are still healthy options for you and your family. (photo credit here)

2. Toss the junk
If you don’t see it, you won’t eat it; it’s as simple as that. You’re allowed to treat yourself, but save the piece of pie or ice cream for when you’re out with the family and are craving something sweet.

3. Check the containers
Make sure when you’re storing your leftovers in containers they are clear glass or BPA-plastic containers. Being able to see through the container makes it easier to find the food you’re looking for. Labeling when you cooked it is also helpful so you aren’t eating anything from a month ago that may have spoiled. (photo credit here)


4. Check the expiration dates in the pantry and fridge
If it’s expired, it’s really just best to toss it. You don’t want to take any chances with trying to feed your kids something that expired two weeks ago. When organizing your pantry, make sure to place the foods with the shortest expiration date towards the front so you will use them up first and the ingredients you rarely use in the back.

5. Donate the extras
Take the extra canned goods that you don’t eat and send them over to a food bank or make a donation at a local homeless shelter. It really won’t feel like you’re throwing money out the window when you’re helping others in need. (photo credit here)