Pantry Spring Cleaning
It’s time to spring clean your pantry and upgrade to some healthier swaps!
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard. Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be perfect. Healthy eating doesn’t require you to be savvy in the kitchen.
Healthy eating can mean different things for everyone and has many unique factors. But, with spring coming up it’s time to spring clean your pantry and fridge with some new products to switch up your current menu to incorporate some easy, nutrient-dense foods.
Here are 5 easy swaps for your kitchen and pantry upgrade!
1. UPGRADE TO MORE CONVENIENT FOOD ITEMS
Oftentimes healthy eating is associated with hours of meal prep, cooking from scratch, and days of planning. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can cut corners without sacrificing nutrition or quality. Some good options are items like frozen veggies, canned fruit, or premade meals. One of the best items to help you save time and energy is Kevin’s Natural Foods line of fully-cooked entrées. Their products come with a variety of different sauces and flavors so you never get bored! All of their products are high in protein (23g per serving!), which can be hard to get out of most pre-made, packaged items. Bonus!
The key with Kevin’s products is that they have simple ingredients and are formulated to accommodate any diet needs. Kevin’s takes the prep and cooking out of the equation to provide a convenient, healthy meal that can help you consistently reach your goals. After all, consistency is the key to long-term health.
2. MAKE COOKING EASY WITH HEALTHY CONDIMENTS AND DELICIOUS BONE BROTH
Salad dressings, sauces, and seasonings are what truly pull a meal together. But, they can also be items with lots of unnecessary calories and added ingredients. Make a swap to healthier dressings and sauces. Chosen Foods has many different products ranging from guacamole, mayo, and salad dressings to spice up any meal!
Looking to upgrade your homemade soup game or enjoy a warm cup of nutrients? Check out Kettle & Fire for high-quality bone broth. Kettle & Fire is on a mission to make bone broth more convenient, delicious and nutritious. The best part is they offer easy pantry storage with a 2-year shelf life. Any time of day, any day of the year, have quick access to delicious and nutritious bone broth.
Another great option is one of the simmer sauces by Kevin’s. They come in flavors like Thai Coconut and Lemongrass Basil which can be added to any meal or side!
3. TRY AN ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL PASTA
Don’t get me wrong, traditional pasta is delicious and is still part of a healthy diet. However, there are great grain-free options available! One of our favorites is Jovial Foods. Crafted in Italy by artisan pasta makers using the same family traditions for over a century, their grain free pasta cooks up firm and tastes delicious. Free from gluten, grains, the top 8 allergens, legumes, gums, and lectin, this is a pasta that everyone can enjoy!
Kevin’s also has a ready-to-eat Cauli Mac & Cheese which is heavenly! For even more options and variety try items like pasta made from beans or lentils for a heartier meal packed with protein and fiber.
4. REVAMP YOUR SNACK STASH
Every kitchen needs a snack stash for that afternoon pick me up or at-home movie night! Quinn Snacks believe they can always BE BETTER and DO BETTER whether it's supporting their ag partners striving to improve their practices, sourcing better quality ingredients, pushing packaging towards being more sustainable, or by being better coworkers and members in their community.
5. SNEAK IN YOUR VEGGIES
Cauliflower is all the rage these days and can be used in so many recipes and meals. If you are new to this trend and still not sure how to make the transition from traditional products to a cauliflower alternative, try out Kevin’s line of Heat & Eat Sides which includes items like Mashed Cauliflower and Mashed Sweet Potatoes. You can’t go wrong with these easy side dishes that boost the nutrition of your meal and help you get more veggies in your diet, without sacrificing flavor!
Start with these 5 baby steps and build from there. However healthy eating looks for you, remember that you CAN reach your goals and have healthy meals despite any previous barriers that you thought were in your way!