Healthy eating starts with learning how to stock a healthy pantry. The foods you have available in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer determine what you cook and eat for your daily meals. Streamline your grocery list and decrease the time you spend at the supermarket each week. Make meal planning easy with these simple tips.
- Stock your Pantry – fill your pantry, fridge and freezer with the items on the Pantry Staples List below.
- Get Organized – Keep your pantry items in clear containers with visible labels. Glass mason jars or clear plastic containers work best. You should be able to easily see what you have on-hand with a simple glance at the cupboard. Keeping your pantry items in containers will help keep them fresh and enable you to shop from the bulk bins and save on packaging!
- Make a List – Keep a running grocery list on your refrigerator. When one of your pantry items runs low, add it to the list so you remember to purchase it during your next trip to the supermarket.
- Keep it Fresh – Now that your pantry is well-stocked, you only need to shop for perishable items during your next trip to the grocery store. Add fresh produce (a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables) and protein (fish, poultry, beef, or pork) to your grocery list and you’ll be well equip to cook just about anything!
Start off on the right foot by filling your kitchen with these healthy pantry staples and don’t let the “lack of ingredients” excuse prevent you from cooking a nutritious meal!