How to Stock a Healthy Kitchen

Stocking a healthy kitchen is simple!

One of the first steps to healthy eating as a family is to make sure healthy foods are readily available for everyone. Start your healthy lifestyle by getting rid of foods that contribute to nothing more but empty calories and stock your kitchen with healthier options!

Here are some ideas to get you started:
In the Fridge
  • Fresh fruit. Keep at least one kind of fruit washed, cut, and stored in a clear plastic container go easy grab n’ go.
  • Plain and low-fat Greek Yogurt. Mix with fresh fruit.
  • Skim, 1%, or fortified soy milk. Other milk options include fortified soy milk or almond milk.
  • Hummus. Dip carrots, bell peppers, or other veggies in this protein-packed spread.
  • Bagged salad. Choose dark, leafy greens like baby spinach or field greens.
  • Lunch meats. Choose lean options including turkey, chicken breasts, or roast beef.
  • Fresh veggies. Buy your own to wash or chop or choose prewashed, precut veggies.
  • Low-fat cheese. Stock reduced-fat block cheese, 2% milk cheese, reduced-fat string cheese, or part-skim shredded cheese.
  • Corn tortillas, whole-wheat pita bread, or wraps. They are alternatives to bread
In the Pantry
  • Whole-grain crackers. Choose brands with at least 2 grams of fiber and 0 trans fats.
  • Whole-grain pastas. Choose high-fiber Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Pasta or Barilla Plus, which has extra protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Reduced-fat salad dressing. Low-fat ranch makes a great dip.
  • Oatmeal. Choose whole oats or unflavored instant.
  • Whole-grain bread. Check labels for brands that have at least 2 grams of fiber per slice.
  • Applesauce. Look for an unsweetened brand.
  • Dried or canned beans. Chickpeas, black beans, and fat-free refried beans are rich in protein.
  • Brown rice. A great source of whole grains.
  • Whole-grain breakfast cereal. Aim for at least 3 grams of fiber and less than 12 grams of sugar.
  • Nuts and seeds. Go for almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
  • Salsa. A great way to sneak in more veggies.
  • Canned fruit. Choose pack in juice or water instead of syrup.
  • Jarred pasta sauce. You can add extra veggies like shredded zucchini or mushrooms.
  • Salmon and light tuna. Choose pack in water. These are great for salads and sandwiches.
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters. Perfect with vegetables or on sandwiches.
In the Freezer
  • Boneless chicken breasts. Add to pasta, salads, and stir-fries.
  • Lean ground beef or turkey. Buy at least 90% lean.
  • Fish. Choose salmon, cod, or tilapia.
  • Frozen veggies. Choose the basics and edamame.
  • Frozen fruit. Choose no added sugar options. These can be eaten from the bag or add to smoothies.
  • Veggie burgers made with soy protein.
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