How To Stock A Healthy Pantry
If you have decided to cook and eat healthy at home, here are tips on how to stock a healthy pantry. The first step in bringing a life style change is to give your pantry and refrigerator a make over. Stock a healthy pantry and you won’t have any difficulty in cooking and eating healthy.
It can be quiet a task making a grocery list when you have to stock a pantry with healthy foods and there will always be several temptations at the grocery store.
Remember that cooking and eating healthy does not mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals and fixing snacks. Stock your pantry and refrigerator with nutritious foods which will help you make quick healthy meals and save you time which you can spend exercising and in other activities.
Here are a few categories of foods you will need, to stock a healthy pantry and kitchen.
Stock a pantry with:
- Healthy, fat free and low sodium sauces, salad dressings and dips which you can use to marinate, use in salads and pastas and serve with snacks.
- Must-Have canned products for a pantry –low fat broths, soups, tomatoes, beans, water-packed canned meats and fish like turkey, chicken, tuna and salmon. You can use these canned foods in your stews, casseroles, sandwiches, and burgers.
- Healthy Dry Foods - whole wheat pasta, brown rice, cous-cous, whole grain breakfast cerealand oats which have more fiber and less sugar. Buy bread which says 100% whole wheat and not multigrain and wheat.
- Olive and Canola Oil for cooking – no other oil are healthy enough.
- Spices – You must stock a pantry with your family’s favorite spices and herbs. Stock sesame seeds, flax seeds which are excellent sources of omega 3 and fiber.
- Healthy Snacks – Low fat popcorn, roasted nuts, wheat crackers and cookies, baked chips, and bitter chocolate are healthy snacks you can stock a pantry with so that you can satisfy your food cravings in a healthy way.
Stock your Refrigerator and freezer with –
Frozen foods - Cooked or raw shellfish, grilled fish fillets, lean turkey and beef burgers (less than 10%) and chicken portions.
You favorite frozen vegetables that can be micro-waved and used in your cooking or served as side dishes.
Frozen fruitslike berries and peaches in the freezer, so that you can use them to make smoothies, desserts, toppings or eat them as snack
Favorite fruits and vegetables: stock your fridge with your favorite fruits and vegetables which you can use in your daily cooking. Stock lots of spinach, lettuce and tomatoes to use in salads. Stock melons which make excellent breakfast and snack fruits.
Eggs/egg substitutes – Egg whites are excellent sources of protein. You can use eggs in baking, making frittatas, omelets and in sandwiches as well.
Skim or 1% milk, reduced-fat cheese and low fat yoghurt: Low fat dairy products are excellent sources of protein are an essential part of a healthy pantry.
Stock a pantry after you make a list, according to your weekly and monthly requirements so that you have enough supply and don’t have to make any last minute trips to the supermarket while you are cooking. It is important that you stock a pantry within a budget your budget as well.