What's in Your Pantry?


When my mom visited last and was helping me make dinner, she got so excited and asked if our home had finally sold. I replied, "No, why?" She said the pantry looked so bare so she thought we must be getting ready to move.
I took this as a compliment! My family and I are finally getting off the processed food diet that most of Americans are on.
The majority of what we have in our pantries are convenience items - cereals, crackers, granola bars, chips, muffin mixes, store bought breads, ...
When we take those items out of the pantry it looks pretty bare.
The real question is - "Do we need to be buying/eating those items?"
I would challenge you to look at the ingredients on the labels of most items in your pantry. Do you know what every item is? Is every listed ingredient something you want to eat or feed to your children? Will it contribute to your health and nutrition?
If not, get rid of it and make an agreement with yourself not to buy those items again.
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Here is a short list of things we've replaced our pantry staples with:
         Instead of :   Chips                              Carrots and a healthy dip
                               Cereal                              Homemade Granola
                               Crackers                          Homemade or healthy, organic crackers
                               Granola bars                   Apples/Pears and Peanut Butter
                               Muffin Mixes                 Whole wheat muffins, scones, biscuits
                         Store bought breads         Homemade bread or healthy bakery bread

What's your favorite go-to for a quick, healthy snack?

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