How To Cleanse Your Pantry

Do you find yourself eating healthful foods at mealtime, then raiding the pantry between meals and eating too much sugar or processed foods? Do you resort to fast food on nights when you get home late and don’t have time to cook? Follow these recommendations to optimize your food selection in your pantry to support healthful eating.

Throw out all the crap.

The Obvious: get rid of any leftover holiday goodies (the holidays are over, let it go!), boxes of cookies, bags of chips, and any other candy-like foods you have.

Throw out anything containing artificial sweeteners- aspartame, sucralose, and saccharine. Also toss the Truvia- it isn’t real stevia and contains other chemicals.

The Less Obvious: throw out any salad dressings, peanut butters, crackers, etc that are made with soy or corn oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Also, get rid of any bottle of vegetable oil you may be harboring.

Get rid of expired foods– spices lose their flavor and shouldn’t be kept longer than 2 years (that is even generous!). Check the expiration date and throw out anything that’s past due. If you haven’t eaten it yet, chances are you aren’t going to!

Having a less cluttered pantry means you can easily see what you have and use it

 

Restock with healthful foods.

The basics:

The Super Convenient:

 

There are so many healthy snack choices that can be made from the above ingredients, as well as the core of a healthy, quick dinner.

~Lara Lattman, MS, CNS, LDN

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