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    Default 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    (HealthCastle.com) Keeping a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you'll get healthy meals at home on days you don't feel like cooking from scratch. Instead of stocking your pantry and freezer with boxed macaroni & cheese, instant ramen noodles, and frozen TV dinners, stock up on some easy-to-prepare - yet healthy - staples in your home or dorm!


    1.) Canned Tomatoes
    Are canned foods inferior? Not necessarily, and certainly not in the case of the tomato. Research shows that lycopene, a potent prostate-health-friendly antioxidant, is better absorbed by the body when tomatoes are processed. That's because lycopene is bound to the tomato's cell structure, so food processing facilitates the release of lycopene. We like crushed tomatoes because they have a texture that's a nice compromise between diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, so they're perfect to be used as pasta sauce for dinner pasta or salsa for the movie nights.

    2.) Trans-fat-free Microwave Popcorn
    This fun and healthy munchie snack is one of our favorite staples for any party occasion! A standard three-cup serving of air-popped popcorn contains just 93 calories and less than 1.5 grams of fat.

    This low-calories snack is considered whole grain, so it has some valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables. Microwave popcorn, however, is often sprayed with too much oil - including trans-fat-laden hydrogenated oil. Choose one that is low in fat and trans-fat free, like Orville Redenbacher's Organic Smart Pop Butter popcorn.

    Unfortunately, FDA labeling standards allow manufacturers to claim 0 grams when food actually contains 0.5 grams or less of trans fat per serving. So check the label and make sure that it does not contain any hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list.

    3.) Whole Wheat Frozen Waffles
    You may already have a box or two of breakfast cereal in your pantry, so this time we opt to recommend a hot breakfast alternative that is easy to prepare. There are many frozen waffles out there, but there aren't many that are made with nutrient-packed whole wheat flour. Nature's Path whole-wheat Optimum Power Waffles do, and they also contain extra beneficial ingredients such as heart-smart soy protein and flaxseed. Not only are these waffles trans-fat free, they're also dairy- and egg-free - so they're a healthy breakfast/snack option for the vegan diet.

    4.) Whole-Grain Crackers
    You may wonder why we're including yet another whole-grain product on the list. The answer is simple. Not many of us eat wild rice, bulgar, quinoa and whole wheat pasta every day. It's simply easier to eat whole-grain snacks in order to help reach the recommended 3 daily servings of whole grains. We are happy that food manufacturers have introduced a variety of whole-grain crackers in the past 2 years. We particularly like the Original Triscuit for its incredibly short and simple ingredient list (only 4 ingredients compared to some that have 8 - 10 lines of small-printed ingredients). Make it a healthy snack by dressing these crackers with some protein such as peanut butter, hummus, or low-fat cheese!

    5.) Frozen Vegetables
    Frozen vegetables are no less nutritious than fresh vegetables. Within hours of being picked, they are blanched or steamed and then frozen. Indeed, in 1998, the FDA confirmed that frozen produce provides the same essential nutrients and health benefits as fresh.

    Over the years, frozen vegetables have evolved far beyond the boring diced carrots, green peas, and corn niblets. Spend some time in the frozen produce aisle and check out the various options of boxed and bagged frozen vegetables. Some of them - like Green Giant boxed Szechuan Vegetables - even come packaged with sauce, so it's easy to make tasty, healthy meals in minutes.


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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    Some of these I have already!

    thanks for the post!!
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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    Your welcome! I thought this was a pretty nifty list!

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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    You're right rtebalt .. frozen veggies have come a long way ... good post
    Have a good day!


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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    Frozen veggies are so nice to have on hand, especially when the weather is bad and you can't get out or when you just don't have time to go to the store.

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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    got it! I actually have to remember to use the popcorn before expiration because I'm not a big snacker! LOL!

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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    Quote Originally Posted by mos View Post
    got it! I actually have to remember to use the popcorn before expiration because I'm not a big snacker! LOL!
    I'm the same way! I always forget about the popcorn!

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    Default Re: 5 Quick and Healthy Foods To Keep In Your Pantry/Freezer

    i love how this post emphasizes the importance of whole grains!! i am trying to switch over my household staples to them (rice, pasta, crackers, bread, etc.) since they are so much better for you than the bleached enriched (since they've been de-riched while being bleached) alternatives.

    thanks for this. i usually buy the frozen veggies already, they are great to add to any meal. you can make anything a stirfry by adding them and some sauce. i also have wholegrain crackers too already. and brown rice - which i havent made yet.

    thanks for this!!

 

 
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