6/24/11

Top 10 Items to Stock Your Pantry – Part 2: Healthy Add-Ins & Snacks


Today’s post continues with my countdown on the top ten items to have on hand in your pantry. The focus of this post: healthy add-ins and snacks!

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8. Raisins

Raisins can be a great addition to many meals and snacks to get in a serving of fruit. Just a ¼ cup of raisins equals a ½ cup serving of fruit and contains 2g of fiber and 310 mg of potassium. Eat them alone or add them to oatmeal, trail mix, granola bars, yogurt or even rice, couscous or quinoa. Raisins are also very portable and are an easy snack just to carry along in your purse or bag.

NuValTM Recommendation:

Most brands of raisins receive a NuValTM score of 87, so take your pick!

7. Oats
Oats are one item than can be added to so many different foods and recipes; the possibilities are endless! Oats are a whole grain containing soluble fiber, which can help lower your cholesterol. Have some oatmeal for breakfast, or toss some oats in homemade bread, muffins, cookies, pancakes and granola bars. Or for a moist burger or meatball, throw in some oats! Try substituting oats for your breadcrumbs in your recipes for a tasty way to increase the fiber.

NuValTM Recommendation: Food Club Quick Oats

These oats receive a NuValTM score of 62, and a ½ cup dry (or about 1 cup cooked) is 150 calories and contains 4g fiber, 0mg sodium, and 10% of your Daily Value for iron.

Stay tuned Friday when we reveal Part 3: Flavor!
 
Maren is a guest blogger for Market Street. She is a Texas Woman’s University dietetic intern and graduate student in exercise and sports nutrition. Maren is a graduate of Iowa State University and is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys cooking, baking and experimenting in the kitchen! Her first memory of culinary experimentation was around the age of 3, creating a peanut butter and mustard sandwich. Maren’s other hobbies include traveling, tasting new cuisines, grocery shopping, ballroom dancing with her fiancé and walking her puppy, Waltz.

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