How To Stock Your Pantry For Healthy Eating
In these uncertain times, many of us are visiting grocery stores less frequently and relying more and more on pantry staples, rather than fresh produce and meats. For some of us, this may cause worry about how the change in meal plans and groceries available will affect our healthy eating. But there’s no need to fret. Stocking your pantry full of nutrient-dense foods is possible. You’ll still be able to hit your macros, get all the nutrients you need, and create delicious meals that your whole family will enjoy. Just follow the guide below on how to stock your pantry for healthy eating. Get a few items from each category and you’ll be set!
1. Whole grains and beans
As an inexpensive form of protein, fibre, carbohydrates, and micronutrients, beans and whole grains are essential for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stock up on items such as oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, black beans, and dried lentils.
Pro tip: because both beans and most whole grains are incomplete proteins on their own (meaning they lack some essential amino acids), try to incorporate them in meals together in order to get all the amino acids you need to support your health and fitness lifestyle.
2. Nuts and seeds
Perfect for both snacking and adding to salads and oatmeal, nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats and fibre. Some of our favourites include almonds, walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed. And of course, we can’t forget about nut butters. We couldn’t live without some natural peanut butter or almond butter, right?
3. Canned goods
There is much debate about whether or not canned vegetables are as good for you as fresh vegetables. We believe that they both offer unique benefits. While sometimes canned vegetables may have less nutrients than fresh vegetables (because of processing), they will still provide you with the micronutrients that you need. And they are also a less expensive option that you can store in your pantry for easy additions at meal time.
Looking for some canned goods to stock up on? Check out chickpeas, black beans, diced tomatoes, wild-caught canned seafood, green beans, and corn.
4. Freezer staples
While the freezer is not technically part of the pantry, we are including it because you can store some great, healthy options in there. Our freezer is packed full of protein, including chicken, ground turkey, veggie burgers, and salmon.
We also store frozen fruit and avocado for smoothies and veggies that can’t be found in a canned version, such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Did you know that you can also store bread in your freezer? As bread is a staple in many households, its great to have the option to stock up at the grocery store on your bi-weekly trip and store the extra bread in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
We’ve mentioned some great protein sources above, but if you are looking for a meat-free alternative, protein powder is a great option to help you meet your daily protein requirements. Whether you’re adding it to a smoothie, using it in baking, or just mixing up a shake, protein powder is a quick, vegetarian option that you can store in the pantry.
Looking for more than just protein? Kaizen Naturals® All-In-One Complete Meal offers a power-packed combo of greens and superfoods loaded with 21 essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to the 25 g of protein per scoop.
6. For baking
With the extra free time on our hands, why not try out some new recipes! Check out some of our favourite protein-packed recipes and stock up on baking essentials, such as honey, carob chips, flours (whole wheat, oat, almond, coconut), brown sugar, cocoa powder, and natural sweeteners.
Keep in mind when shopping for pantry items its important to check labels to ensure the foods you are buying aren’t full of added sugars and salt and opt for reduced sugar and sodium options when available. With the options listed above, you’ll be all set to create delicious meals filled with foods that make you feel good and that will help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals.