When it comes to healthy eating, it can be difficult to stick to a routine or a particular diet. To make small changes and to promote healthier eating habits for your entire family, consider making some gradual changes in your kitchen to promote those habits. Americans spent $394 billion on home improvement projects in 2018 alone. Why? Because we want our homes to feel and look good. However, you don’t need to complete a huge project to promote healthier living. Making some small but effective changes in your kitchen can impact the habits in your home for the entire family.

1. Keep Healthy Foods Handy

One simple way to promote healthy eating in your home is to keep healthy foods out in the open. Place fruits in a bowl on the kitchen counter, such as apples, bananas, and oranges, so your family members will be more apt to grab one of them as a snack over an unhealthy option. A bowl of healthy granola bars would be helpful for kids running out the door, too.

2. Reorganize Your Pantry, Fridge, and Medicine Cabinet

What’s in your pantry? Go through it and throw out expired products. Reorganize your pantry so that healthy foods are at eye-level and handier to grab. Stock up on healthier products you’d like your family to try, such as herbal teas, natural sweeteners like honey, healthy granola bars, and toppings for yogurt or smoothie bowls such as seeds, granola, dried fruits, and fruit and protein powders. Consider purchasing healthier alternatives to pasta and rice, such as chickpea-based pasta and quinoa. Gradually start cooking with healthier products like these so your family can adjust to the different tastes and textures they offer.

Reorganizing your fridge in an efficient way will make finding and grabbing foods much easier. The top shelf should be designated for leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat meals and snacks. Lower shelves should hold raw meats and uncooked foods. If your fridge has more than one drawer, you can also choose to utilize one to hold raw meats so they don’t contaminate anything else in the fridge. The other can store refrigerated vegetables. The organization of your fridge will determine what foods you’ll be more likely to grab and how you’ll know what you’re out of and have to add to your grocery list.

If you have a medicine cabinet in your kitchen, consider organizing it so you can add important vitamins and supplements to the shelves. It’s particularly important for those 50 years and older to add an Omega-3 supplement to their daily regimen. Your kids could benefit from taking a daily vitamin, too. By creating more space and adding these products to your kitchen, you can start to include taking these vitamins and supplements in your family’s morning routine.

3. Make Room for Meal Prepping and Appliances

Healthier eating can become part of your routine easier by meal prepping. This starts with sitting down and planning out the meals for your family. This could include yogurts, oatmeal, and fruits for breakfast, sandwiches, salads, vegetables with dip, cheese and crackers, and other healthy snack foods for school and work packed lunches, and big but healthy meals for dinners. Dinners will likely require the most creativity. Think ahead to what ingredients you’ll need to buy at the beginning of a given week so that each meal can be prepared without having to take another trip to the grocery store, as an extra trip can bring about unnecessary purchases of unhealthy snacks and items.

Once your ingredients are bought and organized, you can meal prep. First, though, you need room to do so. Be sure you have available counter space for the necessary materials to prepare your food, such as a cutting board, a peeler, a can opener, a food processor, and/or a crockpot. Keeping appliances handy, perhaps on a counter or eye-level shelf, that you’re going to be utilizing frequently when preparing healthy meals ahead of time for your family is important. This will ensure you actually use them instead of letting them collect dust on the hard-to-reach top shelf or be shoved to the back of a full cabinet.

4. Decorate Your Kitchen in an Inviting Way

While organization and keeping healthy snacks and handy appliances readily available in your kitchen are important for maintaining healthier eating habits, spending time in the kitchen is what you’ll need to do to make these things happen. Because of this, you need to decorate your kitchen in an inviting way so you want to spend time in it. This might include purchasing an aesthetically-pleasing spice rack and glass spice holders. This might include adding some small houseplants to your kitchen counter and windowsills as well as adding a large houseplant to the corner of the kitchen, perhaps near the table.

Adding some new decorations may be something you’re interested in as well. 85% of a business’s customers live or work within a five-mile radius of its location, so you can help out a local business by shopping at a small thrift store or boutique for unique and/or antique pieces of decor for your kitchen. Colorful vases, themed wall hangings, and unique picture frames to hold pictures of your family are some pleasing pieces of decor that can revamp your kitchen into a space you enjoy spending time in each day.

Consider making these changes in your kitchen, and engage your partner and/or children to help you, too. By making healthy foods and snacks more accessible, reorganizing, and making your kitchen an inviting and meal-prep-ready space, your family will be more apt to take part in making healthy eating more of a habit in your home.