Spring Clean Your Pantry

March 20, 2019

Along with a fridge filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, a pantry packed with healthy non-perishables can be your first line of defense in reducing inflammation, preventing disease and increasing vitality. Use this guide to remove edible items that aren’t healthful and restock with more nutrient-dense foods that are low in fat and sugar, and high in protein or fiber.

Skip It!

  • Anything containing trans fats, such as solid vegetable shortening or snack pastries
  • High fructose corn syrup, such as pancake syrup with this as a main ingredient
  • Cereals with sugar listed in the first five ingredients
  • Cereals or pasta that aren’t made with whole grains
  • Items high in sodium, such as condensed soups or boxed macaroni and cheese
  • White flour and snacks made with it
  • White rice
  • Anything expired or stale

Stock Up!

  • Dried beans and lentils
  • Unsweetened plain soymilk or almond milk
  • Quinoa
  • No-salt-added peanut or almond butter
  • Whole grain flour
  • Chia or flax seeds
  • Whole grain pasta and couscous
  • Dried apricots, dates and raisins
  • Salmon, sardines, mackerel and chunk light tuna
  • Low-sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth

Learn more about nutrition and healthy food choices.