Content provided by: Tiffani Ghere, Clinical Pediatric Dietitian
Many families want to make healthier choices at home but have a hard time getting started. One of the first things that should be addressed is the pantry. Parents have a strong influence on the developing palates of small children, because little ones can only eat what is made available to them.
As families learn more about cooking from scratch and fresh, whole foods, having a pantry stocked with staples is very useful. Here is a list of things that Chef Azmin advises us to to always have on hand so we can make wonderful dishes at home without having to run out to the store.
THE PANTRY LIST
GRAINS | BEANS
NUTS | SEEDS
Almonds (raw and flavored)
STAPLES (always on hand)
Canned tuna (in water)
Juice (lemon juice, pomegranate juice)
Oil (olive oil, grape seed oil)
Pure maple syrup
Soy sauce (low salt)
Vinegars (balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar)
Cheese (parmesan, pecorino)
Have a list of healthy snacks to keep on hand at all times as “go to” foods.
Nuts and seeds
Whole grain granola bars
Dips and spreads for fruits and vegetables
Fresh salad dressings
Nut butters (almond, cashew, peanut, and sunflower seed)
SNACK TIP | 10 MINUTE PREP
Cut a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for the day and keep in a bowl in the refrigerator. Have dips that complement the produce in small containers near the fresh bowl. When snack time comes, everything’s ready to put out so kids can access these treats on their own. This is especially useful before dinner, when kids are clamoring for something to eat while you're preparing the meal. It won’t spoil their appetite, but it’ll take the pressure off you!