The Pantry: Grains, Canned, & Dried

If you possibly can, try to avoid using canned food unless it’s low in sodium (haha, see what I did there?) Take a look at the next can of soup you eat; not only is only a portion of the can a serving size, it’s racked with salt and many other questionable ingredients.

Much like the advice the federal government is getting when it comes to school lunches, find other spices that will enhance the dish instead of going straight to salt. Can I get a BOOYAH? No? Okay, the spice list will be published soon.

  • Canned or dried beans (Lentils, black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo, pinto beans. You can really go bonkers with beans)
  • Quinoa (A full protein and very filling)
  • Couscous (Whole wheat, quick and easy to make)
  • Various pasta (Whole wheat, limit how much you buy, try to think of pasta as a last resort)
  • Polenta (Polenta pizza is easy, cheap, and delicious)
  • Basmati, short grain, arborrio, brown rice
  • Steel-cut or instant oatmeal (good for your heart, quick and filling)
  • Canned or jarred tomatoes (useful for sauces or soups)
  • Marinara sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Dried fruit (Great for pilafs and salads)
  • Nuts (raw cashews, almonds, and walnuts make salads and pilaf exciting)
  • Popcorn kernels (Once you make popcorn on the stove, you will never want to use the microwave)
  • Seeds (Also great for salads and pilafs)

Have you ever heard of MyPlate? The new way of looking at the food pyramid suggests only 1/4 of your plate should include a starch. Think about this when you buy your grains!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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