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  • Pantry Makeover: Stock Up on Healthier Staples

    We’ve all been there. It’s 6:45 pm (or 7:45 or…10) and you’re wondering what on earth to eat for dinner. Here’s the good news: with a little planning, you can hunger-proof your pantry and make it easier to create fast and good-for-you meals with staples you always have on hand!

    A healthier pantry starts with some of the same basics that build a wholesome plate: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and healthy flavor boosters such as vinegar and low-sodium soy sauce.

    Whole Grains

    Whole grains are packed with nutrients and many are packed with fiber, too. Use brown rice, quinoa or bulgur as flavorful foundations for Mighty Bowls like this one with pinapple and ginger. Barley and brown rice are tasty, but take the better part of an hour to cook, so be sure to stock up on some quick-cooking varieties like bulgar or quinoa for busy days. (Frozen grains can be a lifesaver when you’re pressed for time too.)

    Don’t forget about whole grain pasta. Two ounces (dry) of whole wheat spaghetti or linguine, for example, can deliver about 6g protein, and it’s perfect for pantry meals like Puttanesca Pasta or Quick Italian Spinach and Pasta Soup.

    Beans

    Beans provide a shelf-friendly source of protein, fiber and phytonutrients. Cooking dried beans from scratch is easy (though it takes some time at the stovetop) and affordable, while canned beans are key for convenient meals on the fly. With plenty of beans in your pantry, you can whip up salads, burritos, Quick and Easy Veggie Chili or Simply Delicious Homemade Hummus.

    Nuts and Seeds

    They may be small, but nuts and seeds pack a powerful wallop of flavor and texture. Although they tend to be high in fat (and, therefore, calories), it’s primarily monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, and they can also offer fiber, protein and a host of vitamins and minerals.

    Nuts and seeds can work double duty, too. When you are making salad dressing, look to nutbutters and seedbutters as flavorful alternatives to other milder extracted oils. Tahini adds mellow, nutty flavor to Creamy Sesame Greens, while peanut butter makes a tasty sauce for recipes such as Sesame-Peanut Noodles.

    Flavor Boosters

    Don’t forget those indispensable ingredients that pull everything together! A short list includes low-sodium vegetable broth, no-salt-added canned tomatoes, low-sodium soy sauce, vinegars and your favorite dried herbs and spices.

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    Stock up Now: 17 Healthier Pantry Staples

    Whole Grains

    • Brown rice, barley, quinoa, bulgar, millet, or rolled and/or steel-cut oats
    • Whole grain pasta

    Beans

    • Dried beans and lentils
    • Canned no-salt-added beans

    Nuts and Seeds

    • Raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
    • No-salt-added peanut or almond butter

    Flavor Boosters + Extras

    • canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes
    • low-sodium vegetable broth
    • unsweetened plain soymilk
    • unsweetened plain almondmilk
    • mellow white miso
    • tahini
    • dried apricots, dates or raisins
    • Dijon mustard
    • a variety of vinegars or lemons and limes
    • your favorite dried herbs and spices
    • nutritional yeast
  • 4 Reasons to Add Barre Workouts to Your Fitness Routine


    If you are looking for a unique way to get fit, consider adding barre classes to your workout routine. Aficionados all over the country love the ways that barre workouts transform their bodies. With a focus on the core and small isometric exercises that tone the body until it is tight like a drum, barre classes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness regimen, check out the following four reasons to add barre workouts to your fitness routine.

    1. Great for Your Core

    Fitness experts will tell you that that best thing you can do for your body is to strengthen your core. When your core is strong, it will improve your athletic performance and give you better workout results. Barre is one of the best possible core workouts. The focus on isometric exercises in barre workouts ensures that you get a total-body workout that forces your core stabilizer muscles to engage constantly. The effects of barre classes are cumulative for your core strength and endurance. When you make barre workouts part of your regimen, you will be able to hold core-centric poses like plank for minutes at a stretch.

    1. Improve Your Posture

    If you are like most people, your posture could use some serious improvement. Because many people spend a lot of time at their desks using computers, their posture is terrible. Even those who do not work desk jobs often have poor posture. Barre classes are the perfect workout for improving your posture. Many of the basic ballet movements that you perform during barre workouts require a straight spine to do them right. This focus on making your back straight during barre class will also make you more aware of how you are carrying your spine outside of class. With awareness of slumping, you will automatically adjust to hold yourself upright with good posture.

    1. Low Impact

    For anyone who has joint issues or simply wants to avoid them, barre workouts are perfect because they are low-impact. The gentle movements you perform during barre classes are very easy on the joints. The isometric nature of the movements makes them ideal for people looking for low-impact ways to get fit. As well as being good for your joints, the low-impact nature of barre classes means that your odds of being injured are low. The low-impact factor also makes barre workouts great for pregnant women.

    1. It’s a Blast

    One of the most important things you need to do if you want to stay in good shape is to look for fun ways to exercise. The fun you have is one of the primary attractions that barre workouts have to offer. The upbeat nature of barre instructors is legendary. When you combine that with the up-tempo music and the fun movements, you will have a smile on your face for much of your workout. Next time you are feeling a little down, a barre class will pick you up and get you super fit.

    Barre workouts are incredible. They will get you in shape like few other workouts. They are really fun, and having fun is half the battle when it comes to staying committed to your exercise routine. The core strengthening benefits of barre classes will also help you to perform better in the rest of your fitness pursuits. Greater core strength will also help you to get through all the mundane tasks of your life like vacuuming, doing laundry and walking the dog. Discover the fun for yourself by finding a local barre class today.

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