It's always fun when friends come over and they want to see my
pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch,
and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually
stock my pantry with.
This got me thinking: what are some simple things
that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives?
Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier?
Let's talk about six of them. If you just do one of
these, you'll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I
like small and simple, don't you?
Here's what to choose:
1. Brown rice instead of white rice.
Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
2. Dry beans instead of canned beans.
knows what is going into that can of stuff. If you're purchasing your
beans dry and cooking them, you're getting better nutritional value and
you know what's going into your food.
3. Unbleached, whole wheat flour instead of bleached, white flour.
if you really want to live dangerously, stock the pantry with actual
wheat or another type of grain that you can mill into your own flour
with a grain mill.
Bleached flour contains little to no nutritional value, and it contains exactly what the label says: bleach.
4. Raw, organic sugar instead of bleached sugar.
Bleach in your sugar, too? Yes. This strips sugar of it's
nutritional value as well, so you're better off going with a raw,
organic sugar. Choose organic to avoid the genetically modified beets or
corn that are so often used for making sweeteners.
5. Sea salt instead of table salt.
salt is made from evaporated sea water with minimal processing, and
still retains most of its minerals. Table salt is mined and then heavily
processed, and retains very few of its original minerals. It also
usually contains and additive to avoid clumping.
6. Whole wheat pasta instead of enriched bleached pasta.
is the same kind of story as your flours. If it's bleached it contains
exactly that: bleach. Nutrients are stripped, and we want those good
nutrients and vitamins in our diets.
7. Coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils.
vegetables oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and canola oil
are polyunsaturated fats, and are some of the worst types of oils for
Virgin coconut oil has many health-promoting
properties, is antibacterial, antiviral, and is widely known as a
healthy fat that breaks down better in the body than other vegetable
Just changing these food items or even just a few of them will make
for a healthier pantry. Do you have items that you recommend people
replace in order to stock better-for-you items?Crystal Collins, a Savings.com DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at NaturalThrifty.com
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