One of your biggest nutrition hiccups could be your very own food pantry. A well-stocked pantry is a must for busy people; it will save you over and over again when you find yourself in a dinner pinch. And to stack the healthful-eating odds in your favor, it’s essential to stock your pantry with great-tasting, healthy choices (the key phrase here is "great-tasting" -- healthy food won't do anyone any good if no one eats it).
I will follow these two simple steps to transform your pantry into one that will help you eat light and right.
Minimize empty-calorie foods the ones that deliver lots of calories without much nutrition (vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, protein, etc.).
This doesn't necessarily mean eliminating them from your pantry entirely. This might make you want them even more, thus leading you to overeat. You know yourself best: whether "out of sight, out of mind" works for you, or whether you do better in the long run if you have a few token empty-calorie foods around. That way, you know they're there if you truly want them (and are truly hungry) but they're not mainstays of your pantry.
Stock up on great-tasting, more-healthful alternatives for foods you know and love.
For example, there are some reduced-fat chip options that taste terrific. Some are truly low-fat, such as Baked Lays or Guiltless Gourmet brands. Others have a little less, like Reduced-Fat Ruffles. Cape Cod reduced-fat potato chips are less fat AND use canola oil.
A food pantry makeover (in your kitchen) package includes:
You will learn to read food labels and identify the value and hierarchy of foods.
We will make sure your refrigerator is totally cleaned of the old habits, making room for nutritious food items that will become your pantry staples and mealtime favorites.
You will receive a grocery store shopping list of foods you want to invest more in