5 Essentials You Need in Your Pantry

October 23, 2014 12:31 PM

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5 Essentials You Need in Your Pantry

Could your pantry be the key to improving your diet and helping you peel off pounds? Yes, according to researchers from Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab. That's because kitchens ready for cooking mean you'll prepare more of your food at home. And compared to take out or restaurant fare, home-cooked meals usually have fewer calories, less saturated fat and added sugars, and more fruits and veggies. One study even showed that families had more than double the risk of being overweight or obese if they reported eating at least one dinner away from home each week.

Whole Grains (brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, oats, quinoa, barley, bulgur) Whole grains can help you make healthy meals in minutes. Quinoa with chickpeas, roasted red peppers and a dressing is one of my favorites. Diets rich in whole grains may reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and h...

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