Just because the chips have to go doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to snacks. Healthy snacks help contribute to overall nutrient intake for the day, Skolnik explains. "They help bridge the between-meal hunger gap and allow you to enter a meal ready to savor and enjoy without eating so fast you miss the experience." She shares some of her favorites:
If you were to start from scratch with a totally bare pantry and fridge, Skolnik suggests the following 10 essentials that will start your kitchen off on a healthy high note:
Along with the above list, Skolnik advises everyone to make a concerted effort to have a fruit and/or vegetable, protein and/or dairy, a whole grain and a healthy fat at each meal. "By doing this you will be able to keep tissue levels saturated with nutrients, for optimum mood, focus and satiety," she explains. Here's to a clean – and healthy – kitchen this spring!
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