Trans Fats, saturated fats, sodium – oh my! Do you know what’s lurking in your pantry? Spring is on its way, the flowers are in bloom, the grass is turning greener, and Mother Nature is creating beauty all around us. There’s no better time to spring clean your diet, clear your refrigerator clutter and swap unhealthy products for healthier ones.
Processed foods make up a large portion of grocery store goodies and unfortunately a lot of those unhealthy choices make their way into our homes. You might pass a junk food only once in the grocery store, but you’ll pass it every day at home. If it’s there, you’re going to eventually eat it. This pantry “clean out” is going to help you and your quest for healthier eating.
Step 1: Check the ingredients. Remove any food product containing the words “partially hydrogenated” or “fully hydrogenated” oil. These foods contain trans fats, even though the label claims they have none.
Step 2: Toss any food product that has a calorie content of over 200 calories per serving.
Step 3: Throw out any food product that has over 10 grams of fat per serving.
Step 4: Get rid of any food product that has more then 12 grams of sugar.
Step 5: Chuck canned goods or frozen goods with more than 500mg of sodium.
Now it’s time to stock up! Use these five simple tips for stocking a healthy pantry:
Tip 1: Seek out products that have 200 calories per serving or less.
Tip 2: Look for products that have less than 10 grams of total fat and no “partially hydrogenated” or “fully hydrogenated” oils in the ingredient list.
Tip 3: Find processed products that have less than 300mg of sodium.
Tip 4: Search for cereals, granola bars, and snack goods that have less than 8 grams of sugar, and yogurts with no more than 12 grams.
Tip 5: Find grain products that have more than 3 grams of fiber and ingredient lists with the words “whole grain” or “100% whole grain.”
Bonus tip: To add some extra goodness to your spring clean out, replace your big-brand peanut butter with a delicious, all-natural, non-GMO gourmet nut or seed butter. Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter include healthy ingredients that enhance flavor and nutrition. In addition to nut or seed, each serving of Betsy’s Best includes chia seeds, cinnamon, Himalayan pink salt, honey and a touch of pure stevia. Healthy and delicious!