Better Pantry

Build Your Own Grain Bowl

Build your own grain bowl and make an easy, low cost, tasty meal that will help your busy family eat smart. Follow the steps below and use ingredients from your #BetterPantry and you will have a delicious meal that your family will love in no time! Step 1 – Pick a Base Choose a whole… Read more »

Build Your Own Smoothies with MyPlate

Making tasty smoothies will keep your busy family happy and full of energy. Mix and match smoothies using MyPlate as a guide! A smoothie with three or four food groups makes a great on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Mix, Match, and Simmer Your Dinner

Easy dinners after a long day sound nice. You’re in luck! Easy can mean healthy too. Look no further than your own Better Pantry for a yummy, inexpensive soup recipe. A good pot of soup starts with vegetables. Chop up onions, carrots, and celery before heating them on the stove with oil for the soup’s… Read more »

Better Pantry Cooking Basics

The best first step to eating smart is to cook more at home. Cooking your own meals gives you control over the ingredients. You can also adapt recipes to fit your family’s tastes. Here is a collection of helpful resources showing basic cooking methods that help you cook healthy meals, save time in the kitchen,… Read more »

 

The Wonders of Dairy: Essential Nutrition in Many Forms

Milk is the most versatile food we eat. Dairy, which can come from several different animals, takes many different shapes, flavors, and textures, all while being an important source of essential nutrients. Quick, think about the foods you have in your house right now. How many different forms of dairy are there? I’m willing to… Read more »

 

Spice It Up Without the Salt!

Eating too much sodium is harmful to our heart health, raising the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Even with all the reminders of this fact, we still are eating too much sodium every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that reducing our intake of sodium to recommended… Read more »

 

Better Flavor, Better Savor: Marinara Sauce

Written by Lindsey Wallace Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 Have you ever considered how much money is saved by preparing meals from scratch? Want better flavor and be a better saver for your family? Consider preparing your own marinara sauce. Save yourself from high sodium and mediocre flavor when buying store bought marinara sauces.… Read more »

 

Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen

Written by Kelsey Tripp Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 If you are in college, you may be afraid of gaining the dreaded “freshman fifteen”. I often find myself eating chips, cookies, and other tasty snacks, but I later regret those empty calories. Everyone should eat those delicious treats on occasion, but it is important… Read more »

 

Build a Better Pantry Part 3 – Freezer Foods

Now that we’ve posted about foods to stock in your pantry and refrigerator, it’s time to “chill” and talk about foods to keep in your freezer. Here are some reasons why your freezer can be your best friend: It’s a wonderful time-saving device when you don’t have time to cook from scratch Once defrosted, frozen… Read more »

 

Build a Better Pantry Part 2- Refrigerated Foods

In our first post of the series, I shared healthy, versatile shelf stable foods to keep in your pantry. Today we are talking all about your refrigerator and what you should keep stocked in there. (We’ll save the freezer and room temperature perishable foods for future posts.) Unlike most of the pantry items, food on… Read more »