Healthy pantry makeover

Is your pantry healthy or is it a health trap? Here are some ideas on how to reinvent your walk-in so you have quick, delicious and nutritious meal options on hand that your entire family will love. Check out our recent segment on Good Morning Colorado as we talk about some healthy options!

Free Choice Foods
Sometimes when people think of gluten-free foods, they think that they will have to compromise taste. Not true with Free Choice Foods! Their gluten free, wheat Free, dairy Free, vegan main meal dishes are made with wholesome, premium, natural ingredients and taste great! We especially love the the Cuban Style Black Beans & Rice, Middle Eastern Lentil Pilaf with Cashews & Raisins and Chickpea & Potato Curry with Roasted Peanuts. In fact our mouth is watering right now  just thinking about them!

Rudi’s Organic Bakery
The Rudi’s story started more than 35 years ago when the founders couldn’t find a nutritious bread for their kids. Fast forward to present day and Rudi’s Organic is now a premier brand focused on making products free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Rudi’s Organic breads are made in small batches using a centuries-old practice that allows the dough to ferment for 12 to 24 hours before the mixing and baking processes begin. Try their new Sandwich and Bagel Flatz! Perfect for kid lunches!

Simply Organic
There are so many things to love about Simply Organics. They offer a variety of spices and  mixes for quick sauces, salad dressings, chilis and more. Plus, they embrace small organic farmers, helping them improve their agricultural methods and profits through programs like Fair Trade and Well Earth®. Two of our favorite products include the organic Chili Mix which can be prepped in minutes with  common pantry items and the versatile  Carrot Cake mix which can be used to create a variety of different recipes.

We like to stock up on these natural and healthy shakes because they don’t have to be refrigerated. Thus you can put a case or two in the pantry and then chill them later. Developed by a naturopathic doctor, each shake features complete protein, antixoidants, vitamins and minerals and fiber. Perfect for those with active lifestyles to grab and go as a healthy meal replacement, snack on-the-go or at work and/or pre-post workout. Try the new 90 calorie options (lean chocolate and vanilla).

Middle Earth Organics
This is Italian food at its finest:  simple, traditional recipes; no shortcuts. Their policy is to process everything within 3 HOURS or less of being harvested to give sauces a distinctly fresher flavor without added sugars or sweeteners. Ingredients include pungent green olive oil from Puglia, porcini mushrooms from the Apennines, baby capers from the island of Lipari and Peranzana olives from Calabria. Make sure to try their organic “raw” cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Wowsa! They do not have a Web site, but products are available at many healthy stores and online.

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