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If you’re anything like me, you set goals for a healthier new year. But let’s face it, your pantry is full of leftover candy canes and holiday cookies and there are old to go boxes full of fried rice in the fridge. As I was walking through Walmart and saw a TV screen advertising Campbell’s Well Yes!™ Soup with nutritious ingredients full of flavors, it hit me. I saw options that would look better in my kitchen – kale, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. Doesn’t that sound better than candy canes and fried rice?
I came home and opened my pantry door. What I saw was disturbing and unhealthy…
Candy canes – sugar, corn syrup, and red 40
Giant box of chocolate – sugar, sugar, so much sugar
An old cherry flavored lollipop
A giant marshmallow paired with a processed hot cocoa package
Bags of food with only a few crumbs left
An expired box of cereal
After seeing all that I had my #WellYesMoment and I knew it was time for a pantry purge.
Why Say YES to a Pantry Purge?
- Unhealthy substances can definitely start growing if you don’t wipe down surfaces and clean out the old food.
- If unhealthy options are in there, let’s face it, you’ll eat them.
- There are more satisfying and nutritious options out there that you need to try.
- It’s time to check those dates and ditch the expired food.
- An organized pantry is a happy pantry.
So how do we go about a Pantry Purge?
- Take everything out of the pantry.
- Toss any almost empty and old packages and anything that is long expired.
- Toss unhealthy, already opened packages. (I hate to do this, but those cookies had to go!)
- Put aside any unhealthy, unopened packages to take to your coworkers or neighbors!
- Wipe down all the shelves.
- Shop! Find the goods!
- Restock in the most beautiful organized way that works for you.
Suggestions on what to stock your pantry with:
- Campbell’s Well Yes!™ Soup. Okay, the second I saw the display at Walmart , my heart skipped a beat. The colorful packaging drew me in like a kid at a candy shop and then there’s a TV screen showing the delicious soups all warmed up to suck you in even more! The picture proof below is 100% necessary to make you just as excited as I was! Your mouth will be watering when you see all the flavors like Sweet Potato Corn Chowder, Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice, and Tomato Carrot Bisque. If you’re looking to fill your pantry with no artificial colors, flavors, or ingredients and chicken meat raised with no antibiotics then let me introduce you to Campbell’s Well Yes!™ Soup! With one can of soup being 2 servings, one bowl is perfectly paired with a salad. Keep your eye out for a Well Yes! coupon in Sunday papers on 3/12/17! Also check Walmart (not all stores apply) for an in-store demo from February 16-19, 2017!
- Nutritional snack bars. Look for brands with 100% natural ingredients and no added sugar of any kind. Egg whites, fruit, and nuts are smart ingredients that make up a tasty snack that you can grab on the go. Some brands have the option of ordering a variety box, so you can try all the flavors like chocolate coffee, peanut butter, blueberry, maple sea salt and my personal favorite chocolate sea salt.
- Power foods. In my pantry you can find goji berries, chia seeds, and hemp seeds which I use as toppings for my oatmeal and yogurt.
- Nuts. Almonds and pistachios are some healthy nut options. They are known to have the least amount of calories per ounce compared to other nuts like pecans which have a little more. Avoid nuts that are roasted in oil and stick with raw or dry roasted nuts instead.
- Protein Powder. There’s a good chance you aren’t getting the recommended amount of protein in your diet from the solid foods you eat. Enjoy a protein shake before or after a workout (or even a long walk!) to help produce muscle and even help muscles heal.
So tell me, when’s the last time you did a pantry purge?