The holidays are over and the New Year is here! After weeks of overindulging (those croquets/pernil/bunuelos were just too good to put down), it’s time to refocus and restart and make some healthier choices, starting with stocking a healthy pantry. Set aside those processed sugar cookies and preservative-added snacks and make space for wholesome options. Because the simple truth is that we’ll eat what we have on hand. So if you replace those cheese doodles with kale chips, you’ve already done the hard work.
“When you have healthy items on hand, you will prepare better food choices for you and your family,” says Ximena Jimenez, nutrition expert and national Spokesperson for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It is all about eating for wellness.”
To help you get started, we turned to some of our favorite chefs, nutritionists, and dietitians, for the basics on a healthy pantry. From beans and nuts to heart healthy oils to whole grain breads and pastas, here’s what you need to know to start a New Year with a new you.
Next up, baking supplies and canned goods...