Pantry Makeover


As we finish up the Winter months (and what a rough Winter for some of you), it’s time to focus on Spring! Otherwise known as the season of cleaning.
Not only should we focus on eating a clean diet, but we should also focus on eating from a clean pantry and fridge. How about taking some time to throw out the leftovers in tupperware from who knows when or the expired milk and moldy cheese? Not only will this help prevent any food borne illness, but it will give you a fresh start to help fill your space with healthy options.
This website, Shelflifeadvice (click the link) is a great resource on food safety and has information about the difference between sell-by dates and expiration dates, how to properly store foods, and the amount of time foods can be stored properly before going bad.
Here are a few simple steps to help you begin a pantry and fridge makeover:
1) Throw out any expired food, cans with dents, and bags with holes. Remember: If in doubt, throw it out!
2) Wipe down the shelves in the refrigerator and the shelves in the pantry or cabinet.
3) Toss out the white rice; salty fried snack foods such as chips; sugary cereal, vegetable oil, high sodium canned soups, full fat dairy, processed packaged meats, sugary sodas and juice; and fat-free foods with artificial sweeteners.
4) Stock up on whole grains (brown rice, barley, quinoa, amaranth, spelt, whole wheat pasta); nuts and seeds, healthy oils such as olive, canola and peanut; whole grain cereals, canned/fresh beans; seasonal produce; salsa, hummus; and homemade soups. Also make a pitcher of water with your choice of cucumber, oranges, lemons, or limes to add some refreshing flavor without the added sugar!
Here are more suggestions for your Pantry and Refrigerator.
HERE is a link to some pantry staples that Emily posted a while back.
How do you think your fridge or pantry stacks up as it is right now? Is it in need of a makeover? If you think you have every one beat for the worst, send us a picture! I’ll post the winner in a future blog along with some makeover suggestions! Please include your name as well as your city and state.
Krista Haynes, R.D.