We all know that planning is the best way to have successful healthy eating habits. However, what happens on those days when chaos strikes and nothing goes as planned? Having a pantry stocked with healthy options will help you succeed on even the busiest of days!
• Grains – Wonderful, whole grains – quinoa, barley, oats, brown rice, whole wheat pasta. Quinoa only takes about 5-10 minutes to cook!
• Dry beans – Lentils, pinto beans, navy beans – any will do.
• Whole wheat flour – Can be used as a substitute for white flour (at least partially) to bake or make a roux for a sauce.
• Nuts and nut butter – Make a great on-the-go snack.
• Milled flaxseed – To give your oatmeal or salad a nutritional boost.
• Dried fruit – Doesn’t go bad like fresh fruit, with similar nutrition.
• Dried herbs and spices – An excellent way to add flavor to food without adding salt.
• Popcorn – Air- or stove-popped popcorn can be a healthy and filling treat.
• Low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth – Make a soup by adding some of your pantry staples and vegetables to the broth. You can also cook your grains in broth for added flavor.
• Low-sodium canned beans – Mix these nutritional powerhouses with some vegetables for a quick and complete meal.
• Low-sodium tomato sauce and diced tomatoes – You can add these to just about anything to spice things up, and they‘re a vegetable! Win-win.
• Extra virgin olive oil – Heart-healthy and good to have on hand for cooking or making salad dressing.
• Vinegar – Another great way to season without the added sodium. Also great for making a quick salad dressing.
• Canned tuna/salmon (packed in water) – An easy, no-cook option to throw on a sandwich or in a salad.
• Hot tea – An easy way to have a flavored beverage with no calories, sugar or fat. Some teas, like green tea, even provide a nutritional benefit.