Take a good look at your kitchen pantry. What do you see? Good food or bad food? You are not sure? To help you out on this matter, here is an extensive list of all the good and bad food choices that are common staples in any household pantries.
Let's start with the worst first.
Soda along with other sweetened beverages are the top worst things you can put in your pantry. They are loaded with refined carbohydrates, excessive sugar, and chemicals harmful to your health. On top of that, they contain no nutrients at all.
- Cupcakes and Snack Cakes
These items have three out of four ingredients that you should stay away from. These include refined flour, sugar, and saturated fat. A serving of snack cake for instance has 228 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat and 28 grams of sugar. The 9 grams of saturated fat is already 50 percent of your maximum daily amount.
- High Sugar but Low Fiber Cereals
Cereals are supposed to provide you with your required dietary fiber but if you opt for this type of cereal, you're not doing your health a favor.
- Butter Popcorn
Popcorn is actually healthy but with butter that has 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fats, not to mention 300 milligrams of sodium, it's actually a no-no.
Ah, who doesn't love this great-tasting snack? Unfortunately, it also wreaks havoc to your health. A bag of chips measuring 2 ounces already packs in 300 calories, 20 grams of and more than 450 milligrams of sodium! As if that's not all, a bag of chips doesn't really satisfy you so you go on to eat more and more of this unhealthy snack.
Now let's proceed to the best part.
+ Unsalted Nuts
Containing loads of protein and fiber without any sodium, nuts are a very healthy snack. They are also filling so you can finish eating with a small bag of it.
+ Low-Salt Canned Beans
Beans are rich in fiber, protein and phytochemicals. Just make sure that you get the type that has less salt or reduced sodium. You can add beans into your salad, chili, casserole or stew.
+ Low-Salt Canned Salmon or Tuna
Salmon, tuna and other cold-water fish are loaded with heart-healthy omega 3. A can of tuna contains 26 grams of quality protein, and you don't even have to go through extensive food preparation to enjoy that. All you need to do is open up the can, add it to your casserole, salad or pasta. You can also turn it into a sandwich spread.
+ Whole Grain Items
These can be anything from a box of whole grain breakfast cereal to whole wheat pasta to quinoa and barley and so on.
+ Green Tea Bags
Great substitute for unhealthy soda beverage, green tea contains flavonoids and catechins, which are powerful phytochemicals known for their antioxidant benefits.
Oatmeal is a fantastic way to start your morning right. It's a wonderful way to include protein and calcium into your breakfast. See to it that you add low or nonfat milk, and, if you're going instant, look for something that contains less sugar.