Pantry Makeover and Organization

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Check out my new pantry! When renovating our kitchen, we turned a coat closet into a pantry. Working with, I was able to customize the space to make my food storage tidy and easy to work with. The tall space was outfitted with custom items to make the most of every space. Check out how we used closet design to organize this space and make it pretty. This video points out details to help you plan out your own renovation project too.

We all need a little help when it comes to mastering the basics of nutrition. Here are some on her EASY tips for shaping up the grocery list.

Nuts & Seeds: Try almonds, pine nuts (she says to keep them in the freezer), walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflowers.
Protein: Treat protein as a condiment not the main dish and to purchase the highest quality you can afford (i.e. organic if you can swing it). Canned fish should be packed in water not oil.
Beans: A great source of amino acids, fiber, iron ,etc. Her favs are adzuki, black-eyed peas, lentils and garbanzo beans.
Oils: Mix it up. Olive oil (extra virgin please) is for low heats. For high heat, try canola. Nut seeds (almond oil, pumpkin oil, etc.) are great on top of steamed greens, but don’t heat these and keep them refrigerated.
Condiments: Add flavor and richness. Try tamari, brown rice syrup, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and garlic.
Leafy Greens: Load up on an assortment from bitter (watercress and arugula), deep dark (kale and Swiss chard), and leafy (bok choy and broccoli).
Dairy: Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try sheep and goat products as well as nut and soy formulas to find what works best for your family.
Eggs: A staple–easy to digest.
Grains: Stick to whole grains like amaranth, barley, brown rice and quinoa.
Fresh Herbs: Summer is a great time to sample from your farmer’s market: basil, mint, cilantro, etc.
Spices: Adding spices, such as ginger (great for digestion and the immune system)and paprika can “transform a meal into something extraordinary.”

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We did get custom pantry design for no cost. But we were not paid for this post.

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