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Fill Your Pantry With Healthy Items

Making smart food choices is easy when you are prepared.

Having healthy options at home is essential for weight-loss success. Keep these smart choices on hand for fast and flavorful meals and snacks.

Fruits and vegetables

  • Fresh fruits

  • Fresh vegetables

  • Pre-cut fresh vegetables

  • Salad in a bag

  • Frozen fruits

  • Frozen vegetables (no sauce)

  • Frozen chopped onion and green peppers

  • Canned fruits (packed in their own juice or water)

  • Dried fruit

  • Low-sodium, low-fat pasta; pizza and tomato sauces

  • Canned diced tomatoes

  • 100 percent fruit juice, including calcium-fortified (but limit juice intake to 4 ounces a day)


  • Fat-free or 1 percent milk

  • Low-fat or fat-free yogurt

  • Low-fat or fat-free cheese

  • Frozen yogurt or fruit sorbet

Whole grains

  • Whole-grain breakfast cereal

  • Rice: brown (regular and instant), wild, blends

  • Oatmeal

  • Whole-grain bread

  • Whole-grain pita bread

  • Whole-grain pasta

  • Whole-grain crackers

  • Low-fat microwave popcorn


  • Low-fat re-fried beans

  • Black, kidney or navy beans

  • Low-sodium water-packed tuna

  • Other fish with omega-3 fatty acids

  • Skinless white-meat poultry

  • Soy cheese

  • Tofu

  • Dry-roasted nuts

  • Individually frozen skinless chicken breasts

  • Individually frozen salmon, cod or other fish

  • Frozen shrimp or scallops

  • Frozen vegetable burgers

Cooking staples

  • Fresh garlic and onions

  • Olive oil

  • Canola oil

  • Red wine and/or balsamic vinegar

  • Fat-free cooking spray

As you can see, eating well at home does not require expensive or unusual ingredients, and you certainly do not have to be a master chef. Whole-wheat pasta tossed with loads of veggies, salads, and whole grain wraps or quesadillas are all easy meal options. You can even put together a snack plate and include your favorite raw veggies, nuts, and healthy dips, like hummus.

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