The Healthy Pantry VI

Wow, guys! I’m really running late tonight! I’ve been out most of the day to a graduation party, and then we went to a movie, and I just finished preparing some food for a nice cookout tomorrow. Really busy Saturday! This is the last installment of my series on creating a healthy pantry. Next week, we’ll focus on how to read the labels on your food, and what all those stickers really mean on the grocery shelves.

Tonight, I want to talk about healthy treats. Getting healthy and eating right isn’t all about greens, berries, and seeds. It’s about savoring your food as it fuels your body, and there is nothing better than knowing you can serve your family and friends healthy snacks and treats without loading them up with processed stuff that’s full of sugar and white flour. Some of the things I love to make are chia pudding, avacado-chocolate mousse, homemade granola, blueberry almond flour muffins, grainless brownies, even homemade peanut butter eggs and ginger cashew chocolate bark for the holidays. In the summer, you can make ice cream or frozen fruit bars, frozen yogurt and sorbet. These really don’t take a lot of effort or special ingredients, just a few basics, and an internet search will reveal a million recipes that you can use. Many of these are here on my site under the recipes tab. So what kinds of items should you have on hand?

  • Avacados
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Dried cranberries
  • Other dried fruits
  • Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • High quality dark organic chocolate
  • Raw cacao
  • Sun butter
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Raw honey
  • Maple syrup

You can truly make a ton of delicious desserts and treats with these ingredients. It is perfectly alright to make these treats part of your healthy diet on occasion. I don’t advise you to eat them every day; on most days a fruit salad or berries and cream can serve as a nice extra, but there is certainly room in any family gathering or get together, even at special meals at home to have a little treat. Food is such an integral part of all our lives. We celebrate our heritage and history with food. We celebrate each other with food. We use food as a way to show our love. All of these things are just as important of using food to fuel our bodies. Please make room for these celebrations. The best part is that when you have all these things  on hand as part of your healthy pantry, you can throw together something special for family and friends in the blink of an eye. Celebrate! Celebrate your health and to making positive changes in your life. Hope you’ll stay tuned next week for how to navigate the grocery store and all those labels. Then we’ll be taking a look at how to eat well on a budget. Please join me!

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