Spring Clean your kitchen and your diet!

Spring Clean the kitchen and your diet


Spring time is here and it is time a great time to to  de-clutter and revitalize your kitchen.  If the goal of getting healthier is a constant, ongoing process at your house, a healthy kitchen makeover may be just what your family needs.  I know that I seem to accumulate 1/2 used bags of items in my pantry and don't find them till they are stale.  So now is a great time to re-organize the kitchen drawers and throw away old food and donate the extras  that are not past expatriation date to a local food pantry.


A healthy diet/ life styles begins with having only healthy and nutritious food in your house. So if you have found that you are having a problem sticking to your New Year’s resolution or you just want to eat better, now is a great time to Spring clean your pantry and start off with a fresh start. There are certain staples that you should have in your pantry so that you can make quick/ easy/ healthy meals. Many of the items are inexpensive and can be stocked up on when you find a great buy. Print out a list and start stocking your pantry with healthier meal options.

Step one

Start your pantry makeover by completely emptying it out.   Wash down the shelves and and containers that may have spills. Taking all the food out will not only help you identify the types of food that you have accumulated, but it will also help you eliminate  all the  unhealthy foods and clutter from the pantry. This is also a great time to  reorganize your pantry to make it more  user-friendly. Put items in clear containers.

Step Two

Put back on the shelves only foods that are healthier choices for you and your family.  Put the junk foods on a higher shelf.  Now take inventory of what you have and look at the list below and it is a good list of items to have on hand to stock a healthy pantry.



Garbanzo beans, kidney beans, white beans, dried beans: great northern beans, Lima, lentil, split pea, black pinto


Canned whole, crushed, chopped, paste


Fresh and minced

Olive oil, grape seed oil , Cooking spray

TUNA/SALMON Canned in water


Couscous, barley, quinoa



Old fashioned oatmeal


Beef, vegetable, and chicken


Raisins, apricots, cherries, cranberries, prunes, 


Almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans

Butters: almond, peanut, and any other nut

Flax seed and Chia seeds


Coffee Beans, ground, instant

Green Tea, ginger, chamomile, mint


Red, yellow onions


Balsamic, white, red wine, rice


Tabasco, low sodium soy (tamari)


Salt and pepper

Dried herbs and spices: ground cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red pepper, rosemary, thyme leaves, oregano, tarragon, ground cinnamon, ground ginger

Baking Powder, Baking Soda, corn starch

Flour: All-purpose flour, whole wheat, cake, bread

Gluten free alternatives: coconut flour, almond, brown rice four

Chocolate: unsweetened squares, coco powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips

Extracts; vanilla, lemon

Preserves/ sugar: jam, honey, agave nectar, Stevia, confectioner’s, brown sugar

Baking mix, gluten free 

Basics for your refrigerator

Organic cage free eggs, pasture raised


Cheese: sharp cheddar, feta, parmesan, mozzarella

Yogurt, Greek yogurt


Greens for salad

Seasonal fruits and vegetables

Lemon and limes

Cauliflower, carrots, broccoli

Basics for your freezer

Frozen fruit: berries ( no sugar added)

Frozen vegetables: edamame, broccoli, pepper and onion mix, spinach, peas


Spring is also a great time to plant your own garden.  Fresh herbs are easy to grow in planters.  Kids love to watch the garden grow and eat their own hard work.