Stocking Your Kitchen Pantry
So what’s in your kitchen pantry? If you took a quick look would you be proud because it’s full of healthy options or embarrassed at the selection? If you are looking to improve your dietary habits one of the best places to start is your kitchen pantry. Having a variety of healthy options ready to grab is essential. According to the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines a healthy dietary intake includes nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds (unsalted), fat-free or low-fat dairy (can be an alternative), lean meats and poultry, and eggs.
The following are 10 pantry items you may want to stock your kitchen pantry with and those you may want to get rid of.
- Whole grains (for example: whole wheat past, quinoa, brown rice, barley)
- Old fashion oatmeal
- Unsalted nuts, seeds, nut butters
- Low sodium beans (great protein option)
- Low-sodium, canned in water tuna, salmon, or chicken
- High-protein, high-fiber, low-sugar cold cereals
- Protein bars
- Whole wheat or sprouted bread
- Canola and olive oil
- Soda or sweetened beverages
- Sugary breakfast cereals
- Instant noodle cups
- White bread
- White grains (such as: rice, noodles, and pasta)
- Snack cakes
Don’t throw everything away all at once, but do begin to purchase healthier alternatives as you run out. One change at a time.