If your answers to these questions give you pause, you might want to do a quick cleanout. To decide what to keep and what to toss (or donate) and to keep your pantry healthy moving forward, take a look at these ten guidelines, adapted from a list graciously provided by Esther Oakley at A, B, C, Vegan.
Ten Guidelines for Creating a Healthy Pantry
- Never believe health claims on the front of a package.
- Always read the nutrition facts and ingredient list.
- Avoid products with a calorie to sodium ratio higher than 1:1.
- Ditto if fat calories are more than 20% of total calories.
- Check for the number of kinds of sugar — the fewer the better.
- Get rid of products with non-natural sweeteners.
- Stock your pantry with products that have 100% whole grains.
- Only keep products with ingredients your grandmother would recognize. (This is my favorite.)
- Don’t keep products with more than five ingredients.
- Refill your pantry with unprocessed foods.
That’s it for now — I have to go clean out my pantry. Will you do the same? If you do, come back and add a comment letting us know what you found in there.
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