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If your pantry is sabotaging your family’s eating habits, it’s time for a makeover! A well-stocked, organized pantry makes mealtime easy and nutritious.
Use Strong4Life’s simple strategies to bring out the inner goodness of your pantry!
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
You don’t have to turn your pantry into a health food shrine, but it’s best to limit the amount of junk food in your house. Minimize the number of items with high sugar, salt and fat contents (think cookies, chips, candy, sodas).
If you do keep a few junk food tokens on hand, put them in the back or up high. Store nutritious foods front and center.
Go With Whole Grains
Cereals, pastas, breads, flour...they all come in whole grain varieties, which is best. Check the label for a whole grain stamp or the phrase "100% whole" (wheat, corn, etc.) as the first ingredient.
Choose Cans Carefully
Many canned goods are high in salt and preservatives. Go with 'no salt added' versions and be sure to rinse veggies well before cooking. Look for canned soups with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and choose those with less fat and sodium.
Optimize Your Organics
Rule of thumb: If you’re going to eat the skin of a food (like an apple), organics are probably worth the money. Otherwise, not so much.
Toss the Trans Fats
You really don’t want these bad-for-you fats in your pantry. If the label lists "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils on the ingredients, it contains trans fats. Use canola and olive oil instead.
Spice Up Your Life
Set the saltshaker aside and use either fresh herbs and spices, or salt-free seasonings instead.
Up Next: The Heavy Toll of Convenience Foods
Think those pre-packaged lunches your kids scarf up are as harmless as they are convenient? Not so fast! Learn what's lurking behind those lunch foods that come sealed-and-delivered to your grocery store.
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