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Use Chalkboard Labels on Jars

Smarter Eats: Use Chalkboard Labels on Jars

Take a peek into my kitchen cabinet for a healthy eating tip. If you can't tell from the picture those are jars with chalkboard labels. I've been using them for almost a year now and for two good reasons: health and money.

I love nuts but find that it can be easy to eat too many at one sitting. I use the chalkboard labels to remind myself of the nutritional breakdown of the stored nut and its serving size. For instance, on my almond jar I've written 20 almonds equal 180 calories, 14g fat, 7g protein, and 6g carbs. This method has been a really great way to keep me from overindulging.

Having these jars is also an incentive to buy from the bulk aisle. Most food, especially organic, is cheaper when purchased in bulk. Plus buying in bulk cuts down on wasteful packaging, and I don't confuse things that look alike. The labels create an easy way to remember cooking ratios — if I'm storing a whole grain or beans, I write the name of the grain and the ratio of the grain to how much liquid it needs to cook.

You can either buy chalkboard jars for cheap or make your own using chalkboard paint. As an alternative you can use paper or sticky labels but using the chalkboard method helps cuts down on waste.

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Clever!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Clever!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Those are so cute! I use labels on my containers, but I like the idea of something that's eraseable.
poissondujour poissondujour 7 years
There are also adhesive chalkboards that you could use. I have chalkboard stickers on my fridge for the shopping list, etc.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Neat idea, and cute to boot!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Neat idea, and cute to boot!
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
I love this idea! It looks neat and it's informative. I think it would even help me to think of things to grab when I am in a hurry.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
This is such a good idea! Even if it's just to list the food and the serving size! It also helps keep things fresher for longer! I might have to add more of these containters to my wedding registry! We put a "cereal dispenser" on there for my fiance, who has a bowl every morning, this would even be a great idea for that - to allow him to keep his cereal consumption monitored!Fit, do you know if you can use the chalboard paint on plastic containers, or if you have to paint on glass?With nuts that I plan to eat on a regualr basis, I also will get the plastic bags with the "write on area" and write a serving size and no. of calories on them. I have a bag that says Pistachio's 37 - 150 cal.Thanks for the super idea!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
This is such a good idea! Even if it's just to list the food and the serving size! It also helps keep things fresher for longer! I might have to add more of these containters to my wedding registry! We put a "cereal dispenser" on there for my fiance, who has a bowl every morning, this would even be a great idea for that - to allow him to keep his cereal consumption monitored! Fit, do you know if you can use the chalboard paint on plastic containers, or if you have to paint on glass? With nuts that I plan to eat on a regualr basis, I also will get the plastic bags with the "write on area" and write a serving size and no. of calories on them. I have a bag that says Pistachio's 37 - 150 cal. Thanks for the super idea!
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