* These foods are healthy alternatives to many classic fridge and pantry foods
* Keep them on hand for cooking, mixing drinks or as a handy snack
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By stocking your pantry and kitchen with these eight essentials we’ve rounded up, healthy cooking and snacking just got that much easier. These substitutes help you maintain flavor and kick cravings, without sacrificing the calories.
1. Coconut Water
Instead of soda or sugary juices, opt for coconut water. Vita Coco Coconut Water features pure coconut that’s filled with vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes. It also has more potassium than a banana, so it works to naturally hydrate. It’s a great post-workout drink, and good to sip on if you’ve got a sweet tooth, too.
Everyone loves a bowl of Corn Pops or Fruit Loops, but everyone also knows they have zero nutritional value. Try switching to granola instead. This mix by Backpacker’s Pantry (a US-based, family owned and operated company) is easily made by just adding water. It contains 4g of protein per serving. The mix makes a convenient go-to for camping trips and road trips too.
While its hard to beat those mid-afternoon cravings, try grabbing a healthy handful of nuts instead of chips or candy. This mix by Nut Cravings features 100% raw and natural walnuts mixed in with roasted and salted almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts for a naturally sweet and savory snack.
Need something a little more filling? Hummus contains only 45 calories per serving, and its central ingredient, chick peas, is said to help curb your appetite and even decrease cancer risks. Enjoy it on its own, or use it in place of the fattening ranch dip for your next crackers or veggie platter.
A great pairing with hummus? Pita bread. It’s also a healthier alternative to bread, as it has fewer carbs and less than a gram of fat per serving. We like the P-Tabun brand of pita products, as it’s all natural with no preservatives, no dough fillers and no softeners.
Olives are a good source of Vitamin E, zinc and selenium, and this green pitted variety by Napoleon is imported directly from Spain. Always keep a jar or can of olives on hand, to make your favorite drinks, or to satisfy your need for something salty.
A great alternative in rice or pasta based dishes, 1/2 a cup of lentils provides the same amount of protein as one cup of quinoa, or two cups of rice or corn. Gluten free, this bag of small brown lentils is grown in the U.S. and certified GMO free and Kosher.
Yogurt is a known natural probiotic designed to encourage healthy digestion. It’s also low on calories, and comes in rich flavors like this Blueberry Chobani variety. It’s a good source of protein too.
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