Updating the Pantry was sponsored by Tessemae’s through the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are mine alone.
There’s just something about our late summer harvest that gets me in the mood to revamp my pantry. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers. Yum! Creating homemade spaghetti sauces, canning tomatoes for soups throughout the year. It’s a wonderful thing and has me ready to toss the pantry and restock with healthier options.
To help give myself some motivation and ideas, and hopefully you as well, I’m sharing a list of healthier options for stocking your pantry and fridge.
Healthier Pantry and Fridge Ideas
I love salads. I love grilled chicken. What I don’t love is overly dressed salads with a mediocre dressing. As for chicken, I’d much rather eat it with minimal seasoning than a lackluster marinade. Luckily I found Tessemae’s dressings and marinades. They use real, whole sourced food ingredients, are Whole30 approved, contain no added sugar, thickeners, or additives and are now certified USDA organic. That’s not too shabby.
While I love to whip up my own dressings and marinades, sometimes I’m missing just one ingredient, or with our busy schedule, I just don’t have time to spend on extra kitchen tasks. Tessemae’s does the work for me! Just grab it out of my pantry or fridge and run with it for a fantastic lunch or dinner. With twenty five different dressings, marinades and condiments I don’t have to worry about burning out on just a handful of flavors.
While I can’t give up my sea salt, I can cut back on the sodium. There is added sodium all over the pantry if you start looking at the nutritional information. Instead of adding even more salt to my cooking, herbs and spices are the perfect way to boost the flavor without adding in extra sodium. Plus, if you have some time on a weekend, you can create a few spice mixes of your own to make your daily meal prep go even faster.
I won’t lie. Soda has been a go to beverage for me in the past. Coffee is another crutch of mine. Between these two beverages I take in a lot of liquid, empty calories. While I do drink a lot of water, sometimes I just want something flavorful to quench my thirst. Recently I discovered matcha. Actually I discovered it years ago at our favorite sushi bar, I just didn’t know what it was. Now that I have matcha in my pantry I get a nutrition packed beverage hot or iced. Its fantastic and a much healthier option than the sugar packed drinks I was choosing before.
Cooking with fresh produce is something I’ve grown to love over the years. I absolutely love working my knife skills and chopping up vegetables. Seriously, I do. It does take a lot of time, so in the past I’ve opted for frozen or canned produce. Canned produce often packs added sodium, loses a lot of the nutritional value through the canning process, and the flavor is nowhere near delicious. Frozen produce has a better nutritional value, however the freezing process damages the produce leaving it mushy when you cook it. Okay, some vegetables can hold up to the freezing process, but that greatly limits my variety. I found creating a meal plan and prepping my vegetables on the weekend as soon as I get back from the store helps speed up meals and keeps my fridge and pantry filled with healthier options.
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Do you have any tips for a healthier fridge and pantry? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.