Kitchen Organization: Minimizing Utensils, Clearing Clutter, and Zen-ifying Your Space

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Eating well in a disorganized and cluttered kitchen is next to impossible. In episode 7 of the Delish and Healthyish podcast (listen on iTunes here), Jen and Corinne talk about how they decluttered, downsized and organized their kitchens to cut down on food prep time and make their spaces more zen. By donating extra spatulas, mismatched glasses, extra mixers, cutting boards, unused appliances and creating “zones,” you too can enjoy your space and cut down on time looking for your can opener. 

Check out these links for some awesome space-savers and kitchen organization tools:

Inside Cabinet Door Paper Towel Holder 

Door or Wall Ziplock, Foil and Wrap Rack 

Pan and Pot Organizer

Interlocking Drawer Organizer Bins 

Adjustable Drawer Dividers 

Cheers to taking a deep dive into your kitchen clutter. Share in the comments your favorite kitchen organization hacks!

xo!

Restaurants with Kids: Do It, Or Stay Home?

Restaurants with Kids: Do it or stay home?

Eating out with our kids is something we rarely do… it’s full-on chaos, expensive, and when we get home, half the kids are hungry. But, it *can* be fun, healthy-ish, and even enjoyable if you take this week’s podcast (episode 6!) tips to heart.

Take a listen and hear how Corinne and I navigate eating out with little ones, including ordering veggie sides and the kids’ food early, and bringing along fun things for them to do like these:

Peaceable Kingdom Games to Go

Melissa & Doug Sticker Pad

And! The awesome podcast book we keep mentioning is here:

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Podcast and Book 

Share your restaurant kid hacks in the comments below. We’re always looking for more ideas too! 

xo

Jen (& Corinne)

Healthy Family Snacking

Healthy Family Snacking TipsWhat up snackers?! Who doesn’t love a good snack break? I know my house is a big fan of the snack because my kids’ favorite meal is something we call “Snackin’ Dinner”… We spread a tablecloth on the floor of the family room, put a movie on, and chow from a giant platter of snacks: nuts, seeds, olives, chopped veggies, crackers, hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese pieces, edamame beans, pretzels, you name it!

Well, in this week’s podcast (episode 5–woohoo!), we talk about Healthy Family Snacking, to help you get you started on making sure snacking doesn’t take over your life, interrupt the stellar nutrition of your meals, or ruin the serenity of your kitchen.

Here are a couple teaser tips:

  1. Let kids be independent with their snacks within your healthy guidelines. It’s ok if they make a mess! This gives them some freedom when they may not have much choice at mealtime.
  2. Set a “no snack window” timeframe before meals when snacking isn’t allowed. It could be an hour, 2 hours, or even 3 hours before a meal (and by meal, I probably mean dinner). Announce that snacking is about to close and let the wildlings go kookoo. Then, hopefully they’re still hungry for the next meal thanks to the window.
  3. Establish a specific snack space in your kitchen so kids can help themselves. We have a dedicated snack bin in the fridge for individual peanut butter and hummus in these condiment cups for dipping pretzels or veggies, plus a doubled-up snack drawer tower which is filled with individual applesauces, seaweed snacks, packs of nuts, granola bars, larabar minis, kind bars, individual pretzel packs, and other nutritious options. The tower sits on the floor of the pantry so it can be reached by all the kids and they know to grab a variety and not just 6 granola bars:

What are your snack hacks? Share in the comments!

xo