30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge
Deb Dixon is ASHA's Director of School Services. She's an avid cook and a member of our Wellness Advisory Team. She agreed to share some tips on how we should restock our pantries for our challenge. Deb is also a Pittsburgh transplant and; therefore, obviously, a Steelers fan. I know that adds to her credibility a bit in many minds.
I always find it interesting to watch the interviews that ask people, what is one thing that you always have in your pantry/refrigerator? Answers seem to range from beer and chips to yogurt and celery. Stocking your refrigerator and pantry to support healthy living really is a good strategy. I know I my house, one of us often stands in front of the cabinet or fridge saying, “ I’m hungry, what can I eat?” If the first thing seen is cookies or cheese wiz, then that is what is likely to end up on the plate! Stocking healthy items still allows you to satisfy that hunger but in a way that makes your cardio-vascular system smile!!
So what should your pantry include?
Whole grain pastas, breads and cereals
Almonds and other nuts
Dry or canned beans
Olive and canola oil
Different types of vinegar and cooking wines
Green and black teas
A variety of spices and herbs
Honey, brown sugar, agave syrup
Reduced sodium beef and chicken broth
Canned fruits (packed in their own juices)
Fresh Blueberries, strawberries , oranges, apples and fruits of all kinds
Spinach, broccoli and other fresh vegetables
Various kinds of leafy lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and other salad ingredients
Fresh basil, garlic, chives
Frozen vegetables and fruits
So head off to the store, and have fun stocking your favorite healthy foods! You can even consider adding red wine and dark chocolate to the list!!