Make A Fresh Start – New Year, New Pantry!

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Sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be hard. Did you now that one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier? This year, I decided to go through my pantry and take stock of what I have on hand. I tossed a number of old products and made a resolution to exchange some of the unhealthier items with better, healthier options. Just making a few switches can make a healthier 2016!

Here are some ideas of healthier options that will help you and your family make healthier everyday choices.

  1. Add Extra Flavor to your Water with Coconut Water – We all now that drinking water is the healthiest option, but sometimes this gets a little boring! One way to spruce up your water consumption is to add Coconut Water as an option. Coconut water provides the same great benefits but with a delicious flavor. Coco Joy coconut water contains natural electrolytes for daily hydration and contains no added sugar and no preservatives. It’s also gluten, lactose and dairy free. Coco Joy makes a convenient can that’s perfect for traveling or on-the-go… even though it tastes like you’re drinking it straight out of a coconut. ($1.19/8.3 fl. oz. cans)
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  3. Reduce Your Kids Sugar Intake with Naturally Flavored Water – I used to buy my kids boxed juices but found that many of them were full of sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Instead of boxed juices try AquaBall. AquaBall is a sugar-free, naturally flavored water sure to satisfy your child’s sweet tooth the healthy way. Available in four flavors, Fruit Punch, Orange, Berry Frost and Grape, AquaBall features fan favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters. AquaBall also contains essential B & C vitamins, natural fruit flavors, and is sweetened with Stevia instead of artificial sweeteners. My son, who loves boxed juices, was a little hesitant to try the AquaBall flavored water. However, he was pleasantly surprised! He LOVES all the flavors and has begged me to get more. This is a great option since he does not drink enough water. ($22.94/12 pack)
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  5. Choose Healthier Snack Options – Like most kids, my children love chips and sweet snacks, but I am always looking for a different option for them. Viki’s Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love. Unlike other granolas with hard clusters, Viki’s has a fresh, soft, chewy texture and no artificial aftertaste. Available in five delicious flavors, Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with your favorite yogurt and are even available in select flavors in snack packs, perfect for when you are on-the-go. (12 oz. bags $5.49/ 1.5 oz. bags ($11.99/10 pack)
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  7. Cook With Coconut Oil for Added Health Benefits – I have just started to cook with Coconut Oil and I love it. Coconut oil is a great alternative to traditional oils and Liquid Coconut Oil is naturally rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which is efficiently utilized by the body for energy production, helps aid in calorie burning, and contains 4x more MCT’s than traditional virgin coconut oil. It even has a higher heat point than traditional olive oils. Available in Sriracha, Rosemary, Garlic and Unflavored, Carrington Farms Liquid Coconut Cooking Oils are perfect for cooking, sautéing, and baking. ($11.99 / 16oz bottle)
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  9. Ditch the Soda for a Healthier Cola Alternative – One of my resolutions this year is to stop drinking so much soda. However, I definitely crave a cola every once in a while. Stripped of all the sugars, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors, some companies have created smarter carbonated drink options. Celsius makes a great tasting ready-to-drink Cola flavor that provides a healthy boost in energy without all the added calories, and still provides that Cola flavor everyone loves. ($2.39/can)
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  11. Condiments Count Too – Unfortunately, so many popular condiments are loaded with fat, calories, sugar, and artificial ingredients, but there is one that stands outside of those pantry stuffers – Mustard. While Coleman’s Mustard is certainly a great topper to sandwiches and hot dogs, it also makes a wonderful “secret ingredient,” adding a zesty flavor to many mealtime favorites including roasts, veggies, mac & cheese, even cocktails and dessert. I love the flavor of mustard and it is great for all kinds of chicken, beef, pork and fish recipes. Coleman’s Mustard comes in two varieties, Prepared and Dried. ($4.99 – $6.99)
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What pantry switches have you made?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    We definitely need to start eating better in our house. I need to make some swaps.

  2. These look like items that I would buy. My boys and I love the Aqua ball drink.

  3. I like the idea of giving the kids naturally flavored water. I try to encourage healthy eating and drinking.

  4. How does the AquaBall flavored water taste? Is it too sugary or sweet? I was wondering about it and how it will taste for kids.

  5. I love eating healthy food, thanks for suggestions! i would like to try the Coconut Water, seems a really good alternative to water!

  6. I love finding new healthy alternatives can’t wait to try some of these goodies thank you!

  7. Debbie Denny says:

    Those are some great products. I like coconut water. Yum

  8. The coco Water is definitely going to be in my pantry this year.

  9. Elizabeth O. says:

    It would definitely be a lot better to eat healthier this year and it all starts with cleaning out your pantry. Those are good selections, really curious about the flavored water!

  10. It is hard to do and some have to take it slowly but reducing sugar intake holds enormous health benefits. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. I love all of these suggestions, but I cannot get myself to drink coconut water. Lol!
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  12. I love coconut water but most of the time I just stick to plain ol’ normal water! I’m bad at cutting out sugar when it comes to desserts though, I definitely have a sweet tooth!

  13. I love this suggestions for a healthier light specially the cocunut water and granola I think cocunut is really tasty and works with everything

  14. I’ve definitely ditched soda (except on occasion when I eat out or at someone’s house). We mostly drink water and almond milk. Haven’t tried coconut water, though.

  15. These looks like great alternatives. I just recently gave up soda and I’ve been trying to find healthier alternatives great suggestions.

  16. I always drink coconut water to treat my urinary tract infection. It definitely works!
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  17. Those aquaballs are a great find!

  18. Lexie Lane says:

    I’ve never tried to drink coconut water but it looks healthy so I would like to.

  19. Everything healthier always got my attention! Cool try the pure coconut water

  20. Every where I go – “coconut” keeps popping up. The universe is definitely telling me something!! Great ideas and luckily other than the need to add coconut products to my shopping list – yay I’ve got it covered! Phew – always a little nervous wondering what else I’m doing wrong 😉

  21. Great healthy options! Coconut water is love <3
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. These are absolutely a great product. I love coconut water so much

  23. Wonderful tips. I have been using Coleman’s Mustard since I was a child

  24. Karlyn Flores says:

    There are all was sounds like a great Products. i would love to try the Coconut oil.

  25. These are some superb ideas to start your New Year with. Loved all of them. Especially cutting the consumption of sugar.

  26. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooooo I just love coconut water!!!! Totally obsessed with the stuff!