This is one of my favorite places of my kitchen which is my pantry. I love to look at my pantry when it is all organized and everything looks perfect and in order. In my 31 Days to Clean Eating, Meal Planning and Prep series we are talking about how to stock your pantry with clean foods. I am not asking you to run to your pantry and start throwing stuff away, but I will teach you some solid tips on how to have a healthy pantry full of real foods.
A Healthy Pantry Means A Healthy Family
When I first started this clean eating journey my pantry was anything but clean. It had rows and rows of prepackaged noodle mixes, canned goods, soda pop, and cereals full of colors and sugars.
How I Stocked My Healthy Pantry:
- I could not afford to throw everything out, but food that I did not really care to eat I put into a “donate” bin.
- The foods I did have left I took inventory of and created meal plans around those items.
- As I used up the processed foods I slowly started to convert them to healthier versions.
- I started to experiment in my kitchen and bought cook books full of healthy recipes. I also created many boards full of healthier options or recipes I could easily make gluten free or with less sugar.
- I started to educate myself on what types of clean eating grains, beans, flours, and sugars were better for me and my family.
Stocking your pantry with clean eating foods might seem scary, but I promise if you tackle this one item at a time and replace what you are using up before long you will have a new and improved healthy pantry. Tomorrow I will share with you my printable healthy pantry check list so you can know exactly what to stock your pantry with.