7 Simple Tricks for Stocking a Healthier Pantry
- Brown rice instead of white rice. Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
- Dry beans instead of canned beans. Who knows what is going into that can of stuff. If you’re purchasing your beans dry and cooking them, you’re getting better nutritional value and you know what’s going into your food.
- Unbleached, whole wheat flour instead of bleached, white flour. Or if you really want to live dangerously, stock the pantry with actual wheat or another type of grain that you can mill into your own flour with a grain mill. Bleached flour contains little to no nutritional value, and it contains exactly what the label says: bleach.
- Raw, organic sugar instead of bleached sugar. Bleach in your sugar, too? Yes. This strips sugar of it’s nutritional value as well, so you’re better off going with a raw, organic sugar. Choose organic to avoid the genetically modified beets or corn that are so often used for making sweeteners.
- Sea salt instead of table salt. Sea salt is made from evaporated sea water with minimal processing, and still retains most of its minerals. Table salt is mined and then heavily processed, and retains very few of its original minerals. It also usually contains and additive to avoid clumping.
- Whole wheat pasta instead of enriched bleached pasta. This is the same kind of story as your flours. If it’s bleached it contains exactly that: bleach. Nutrients are stripped, and we want those good nutrients and vitamins in our diets.
- Coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils. Other vegetables oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and canola oil are polyunsaturated fats, and are some of the worst types of oils for health. Virgin coconut oil has many health-promoting properties, is antibacterial, antiviral, and is widely known as a healthy fat that breaks down better in the body than other vegetable oils.