Today’s post is about stocking the pantry. How to stock your pantry to eat healthy. I want this to help you with your menu planning. Remember? We’re busy parents who want to save time, reduce stress, and stay healthy. When you keep your pantry stocked with healthy foods it will eliminate the urge to eat unhealthy foods/snacks because you don’t have them. While, at the same time, it can derail you if you don’t have healthy items available or the items you need to prepare your meals. Remember the goal is to save time and stress. Nothing is worse then getting excited to make something only to find out you don’t enough of a an ingredient or none at all. Which could lead to an extra trip to the store or abandoning your plan. That could also lead to eating out. Which we are trying to avoid or limit. Especially if you’re on a budget. First, let’s list some staples you may want to have available. You want to try to get the healthiest choices you can afford. You may have to read a few labels and do some comparisons at first before you automatically know what to buy.
Quick note: You will notice two terms called insoluble and soluble fiber. You will know the difference after reading this post about fiber.
- 100% whole wheat bread, if you or the family eats bread
- Various Seasonings or dried herbs – maybe all spice (Mrs.Dash) or lemon/pepper, salt, pepper, this varies for everyone and every family, just make sure you have what you need or like
- 100% whole wheat bread (if you or family eat bread) – high in insoluble fiber
- Rice – brown rice which is higher in fiber than white, insoluble fiber, you can with regular annd/or instant
- Beans (bag) – high in soluble fiber,
- Oats or Oatmeal – high in soluble fiber
- Nuts – good for snacks, good source of insoluble fiber and protein
- Various fruits and vegetables (these may or may not need refrigeration, but we’re talking pantry right now) – good sources of various nutrients and both fiber types
- Canned Goods – (try to go as healthy as you can, read labels and compare) tomatoes and tomato paste, tuna packed in water, beans (kidney, chickpea, etc.)
- Vanilla extract – always nice to add that hint of sweetness to a bowl of oatmeal
- cereal – if it’s your thing eat high fiber cereals that are whole grain, bran, or fiber. The Mayo Clinic says aim for cereals that have 5 grams or more. I’ve seen 8 grams or more as well. Bottom line is make sure it’s whole grain. You can also use it as a snack.
These are just a few items to think about to help you get started. A guide on how to stock your pantry to eat healthy. Keeping a stocked pantry helps a busy father, like myself, save time. If you’re allergic to any of these items or can’t have them for any number of reasons then speak with your doctor about what steps you can take.