Resolving to improve your eating habits in 2017? Equip yourself for success with a pantry audit. Pull everything out of your cupboards and assess each item through a health-conscious lens. Toss what you don’t need and stock up on healthy ingredients. Why is this important? Because the foods you have available in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer determine what you will eventually cook for quick weeknight meals and will encourage you to try new recipes from your favorite healthy cookbooks. Streamline your grocery list, foster creativity in the kitchen and decrease the time you spend at the supermarket each week with these simple pantry makeover tips.
- Stock your Pantry – fill your pantry, fridge and freezer with the items on my Pantry Staples List below. I aim to have these items on-hand at all times so that I can easily cook just about anything at a moment’s notice!
- 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 – Once your pantry is well-stocked, you only need to shop for perishable items during your weekly 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!