Mom and I couldn't agree on what constitutes a "pantry staple." So if you like keeping frozen strawberries in your pantry, more power to ya. We've put together a print-and-go shopping list at the top, and a quick explanation of each item below. Happy shopping!
1. Smart Balance Peanut Butter
2. Smuckers Simply Fruit Jam
3. World Table Raw Almonds
4. Fischer's Raw Honey
5. Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
6. Yoga Organic Brown Rice
7. Bertolli's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8. Swanson's Low Sodium Chicken Broth (in carton)
9. Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes
10. Bush's Reduced Sodium Black Beans
Other items to buy and keep in freezer: frozen strawberries & blueberries, Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat sandwich bread, Mission tortillas ("Ancient Grains" or "Whole Wheat"), Joseph's Flax Oat Bran Pita Bread
While you're at Wally-world, you might as well check out our favorite snacks items too.
Why We Like This Stuff
Smart Balance Peanut Butter
Why? Contains flax oil, natural sweeteners, and no hydrogenated oil. No need to stir/refrigerate.
Good for: Spreading on whole grain toast for lunch, or smearing on apple slices for a snack.
Katie: I'm addicted to this stuff, and have a strange habit of sniffing it each time I open the jar. TMI?
Smuckers Simply Fruit Jam
Why? Naturally sweetened. No added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Good for: The obvious--toast. Also good mixed with plain greek yogurt for a snack.
World Table Raw Almonds
Why? High in protein, vitamin E, and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Good for: Shamefully Sinful Snack Mix, or in the car for an "on-the-go" snack.
Fischer's Raw Honey
Why? Natural, not processed (like most types of honey), lower glycemic level than sugar.
Good for: Drizzling lightly on plain yogurt and oatmeal. Great for making desserts.
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Why? High in fiber, may reduce cholesterol, fills you up better than most cereals.
Good for: Go-to-Breakfast (cook a big batch on Sunday, nuke a little each day), waffles, muffins.
Yoga Organic Brown Rice
Why? Hasn't been stripped of all its nutrients (bran & fiber) like white rice, and fills you up better.
Tip: Invest in a rice cooker. Comes out perfect every time. Here's a cheap one from Walmart.
Good for: side dish for Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lime, or main ingredient of Baked Rice Pudding.
Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Why? Purest form of olive oil, has anti-oxidants, may lower risk of heart disease.
Good for: Sauteing and salad dressings. We LOVE Mary Beth's Garlic Dressing.
Swanson's Organic or Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Why? Fat free, lower in sodium, no MSG. Purchase in carton, not can.
Good for: Secret Ingredient White Chili (one of Mom's BEST recipes), meats, stir-fry dishes.
Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Why? Lycopene-rich cooked tomatoes are even healthier than raw AND this can has no BPA.
Good for: Gotta-Have-It Olive Salsa (this stuff rocks) and Chicken Tortilla Soup
Bush's Reduced Sodium Black Beans
Why? High in phytochemicals that slow damage to cells, may help prevent cancer.
Good for: Spicy Black Bean Dip & Dark Fudgy Brownies (delicious, and no one will ever guess).
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