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Hello Loyal Soup People! I recently read a blog post about how Sam Kass, the former White House executive chef transformed the Obamas’ eating habits. It turns out that back in 2008, the first family wasn’t as healthy as we thought! However, with a few tricks, Sam was able to transform the Obamas’ kitchen and get them eating much healthier. I wanted to share a few of the changes Sam made to their kitchen, that are quite easy to do.

It seems that the most important trick is to make healthy food visually appealing and easily accessible. So, when you’re craving a snack or trying to figure out dinner, your eyes immediately see healthy and appetizing choices. Some examples:

– Remove fruits and vegetables from the refrigerator and put them in a bowl on the counter. If you are worried they will spoil, just pull a few items out at a time. That way, if you’re hungry, you’ll see a bowl of juicy, fresh peaches waiting for you in the kitchen! (Yes, summer is the best time to get into this habit!)

– Take your vegetables out of the crisper drawer and display them on the top shelf. Some produce really must be refrigerated (salads, etc.). But why do we bury them at the bottom of the refrigerator where they get spoiled? Instead, put them right at eye level so they are the first things you see when you open the refrigerator.

– Put tasty snacks in glass jars in your pantry. When you open your pantry, make sure you are greeted with jars full of nuts and seeds. Put the crackers and cookies on a top shelf that requires a step or stair to climb on in order to reach them. So, next time you’re hungry, you’ll see a juicy peach and roasted almonds waiting for you in your kitchen. That sounds like a delicious snack to me!

– Use the same trick in your refrigerator. Have jars or Tupperware full of pre-cut produce ready to grab – right at eye level. Put them next to hummus or nut butter so you have a light meal or snack ready to eat.

They key to healthy eating is to retrain your cravings and habits. If you make healthy eating as easy as possible for yourself, the new habits will come naturally!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!