A Healthy Pantry!
If you are serious about healthy living for yourself and your family, a well-stocked food pantry can be your best ally. Having readily available a variety of healthy food staples will encourage eating more meals at home that are more nutritious than dining out. These meals will typically be less expensive, contain fewer calories, and you will know exactly what you are eating – without the excess salt, sugar, and fat often added to restaurant fare. Some stocking favorites include whole grains and beans, soups and broths, pasta, canned tomatoes and tomato sauces, extra virgin olive oil and apple cider, rice, or balsamic vinegars for salad dressings and coconut oil for cooking.
Don't forget healthy pantry snacking foods for those in-between meal treats. Keeping a selection of dried fruits, along with an assortment of raw or roasted nuts and seeds can become the basis of a healthy mid-meal snack. You can even add coconut flakes to the mix.
Filling your healthy pantry with organic foods will ensure the purity and quality of your foods that you and your family eat daily.
And, by the way, do not forget dark chocolate for desserts. Research has shown that cocoa is good for the heart, the brain, and the skin. It even helps boost energy levels. Look for dark chocolate with at least 60% cacao that is chock-full of phytonutrients and antioxidants.