When young adults finally choose to make the switch from a processed, college food filled pantry to one full of healthy and nutritional foods, it can be hard to figure out which staples are necessary. It may also be difficult to get rid of particular food items, especially if the individual is not wasteful. It will take several weeks to make the switch completely. This gives the current food stock time to be eaten and sorted through.
Eliminating High Sodium Foods
High sodium foods are very bad for one’s health. The risk of elevated blood pressure alone is enough of a reason to eliminate these salty foods. Chips, frozen dinners, traditional canned soups, and dry boxed dinners are all loaded with sodium. Instead, these items should be replaced with low or no sodium versions of the products. Many items may not be available without the sodium, however.
Purchasing Lots of Whole Foods
Whole foods are the key to healthy living. For dry foods, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, barley, lentils, dry beans, and other nutritious grains and legumes are perfect. They will store for a long time. Whole meats are raw cuts found in the butcher’s section of the store, and should be hormone free. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a must have as well! Choose from a variety of pesticide free produce at farmers markets.
Mixers and Alcohol
Alcohol and mixers are frequently found in the pantries of young adults. Some of them can be very for weight loss and management, making it important to invest in light beers and low calorie mixers for alcohol. This not only reduces guilt when having a drink, but it keeps the home prepared for a sudden celebration at a moment’s notice.
Acceptable Canned Goods
Since some canned goods are loaded with preservatives and sodium, it is important to know which ones are good. Canned goods can last for years, and are vital in case of emergencies. Low or no sodium canned vegetables, soups, sauces, and legumes are all wonderful, especially if they are labeled as organic or non-GMO. Do not invest in canned meats or cheeses unless they are only kept for emergency situations.
Replacing an entire pantry can be a lot of work. Determining which items can stay requires a bit of research. Eliminating bad food from the pantry greatly reduces the risk of slipping into an unhealthy lifestyle in the future.