Does Your Pantry Need a Health Sweep? Here are 7 Things to Clear Out of Your Pantry Today

 

Here’s a list of 7 items you can easily do without

  1. Chips

Don’t be fooled by labels that claim the chips are “low sodium”, “organic”, “natural” or “reduced fat”. They’re still full of calories. And don’t fall for chips made out of vegetables like sweet potatoes or beets. Chips are practically designed to make you eat too many. They’re delicious, and not at all filling. You can consume several hundred calories before you even notice how much you’ve eaten! Try doing that with broccoli or mushrooms!

  1. Sugary soft drinks

Whether it’s fizzy soft drinks or fruit drinks, sugar adds empty calories that sabotages your nutrition plan. Plain water is the best choice, as well as soda water and plain iced tea. Add a twist of lemon, lime or cucumber for a natural flavour boost.

  1. Sugary cereals

Vitamin fortification does not make these types of cereals a nutritious choice. Not to mention, it’s never a good idea to start the day by eating a lot of sugar. And because they are low fibre, they’re just not filling.

  1. Pastries and doughnuts

If you’re trying to manage your weight, there’s no room for boxes of doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and pastries in your pantry. If you must occasionally have one of these treats, buy an individual one, not an entire box.

  1. Ice cream and Sweets

This may sound like a no-brainer, since these are tempting and easy to binge on. But plenty of dieters keep these foods around with the excuse that “they’re for guests” or “for the kids”. Guess who ends up eating it all?  Clear it out.

  1. Boxes and bags of cookies

It’s hard to eat just one. And before you know it, you’ve eaten half the bag. So just clear them out of the kitchen. If they’re not there, you can’t mindlessly snack on them. Stock up on pre-cut vegetables and lean protein instead

  1. Frozen microwavable snack foods

Mini-pizzas, burritos, potato puffs, sliders, chicken nuggets, deep fried cheese puffs and the like. They may look small and sound like a great snack idea, but they’re high In calories and low in nutrition. And because they’re easily prepared, it’s easy to eat too many at one time.

 

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