- Revamp your pantry for optimal nutrition with strategic substitutes like whole-grain alternatives for white flour, and brown and wild rice instead of white.
- Declutter unhealthy bottled dressings and sauces. Opt for canned low-salt tomatoes and tomato paste, and infuse your food with the tanginess of different vinegars, citrus or plant-based oils.
- Experiment with a diverse array of spices and herbs for added flavor without additional calories. Consider starting an herb garden or keeping a variety of dried variations.
- To further stimulate your healthy eating journey, consider adding nutrition-centric cooking cookbooks to your shopping list.
If you’re already opting for fat-free or low-fat dairy products and lean meats, that’s a great start. But, you can optimize nutrition even further with some strategic pantry swaps. It’s a surefire way to enhance the nutrient quotient of your meals and maintain a balanced diet regimen.
Unpacking the Flour Power
Why not start by replacing white flour with whole-grain alternatives? Varieties like “white whole wheat” and “whole wheat pastry flour” can seamlessly replace the white flour in baking. Similarly, transition from regular pasta to whole-wheat types, and switch to brown and wild rice instead of white. Branch out into other whole grain choices for side dishes like couscous, barley and kasha that burst with flavour even without butter.
Mindful Dressings and Sauces
It’s time to declutter bottled dressings and sauces that pack unhealthy fats and sugars. Opt instead for canned low-salt tomatoes and tomato paste to work into your soups and sauces. Infuse your food with the tanginess of different vinegars or citrus like lemon or lime. You could also experiment with plant-based oils such as hazelnut, walnut, olive, and safflower oils to give a flavorful touch to your dishes.
Spice It Up
Unleash your creative flair with a diverse array of spices and herbs. There’s a vast selection to explore, from thyme, rosemary, sage to dill. Start an herb garden in your windowsill or keep a stock of dried variations. Try Asian and Indian influences for an added zest and flavor-depth sans any calories.
To stimulate your healthy eating journey further, you might want to add new nutritious cooking cookbooks to your shopping list as well.
Check out the
Simple Cooking With Heart Grocery Guide from the American Heart Association for more insightful tips on savvy shopping and cooking.