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5 things I learned from my TODAY fridge makeover

What really happened when one mom let TODAY cameras into her kitchen... black bananas and all.
/ Source: TODAY

Editor’s Note: Rebecca Dube is the Parenting editor at

When a TODAY producer asked if I would let NBC News Health and Nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom go through my refrigerator on camera for a segment about what to throw out and keep in your fridge, I immediately jumped at the chance to improve my family’s nutrition!

Haha, just kidding. Actually I stalled, suggested four other people to do it, and when that didn’t work I told myself that at least I could run home and throw out all the really grody stuff before the cameras arrived.

TODAY Parenting Editor Rebecca Dube with her two sons (and refrigerator raiders) Eli, 6, and Joseph, 2.Jon Dube

I did… and I also gave that fridge a good scrubbing. Where did all those dirty fingerprints come from? (No mystery there, my dear 2- and 6-year-old sons.) But still, Madelyn found plenty of room for improvement in my refrigerator. Here are my top takeaways from the experience:

The before photo: Some of those eggs had to go.TODAY