Spring Clean Your Pantry to Make Way for Healthy Food

HEALTH- Looking for help meal planning? Want to find ways to enjoy balanced meals and still lose weight? Wondering how to declutter your pantry to make room for healthier foods and snacks? It’s easy – just stop in the office of your local ShopRite dietitian. 

In celebration of National Nutrition Month®, which is celebrated each March and focused on helping shoppers make informed food choices, select ShopRite stores will host a wide variety of complimentary special events, free in-store classes, and community events.

“Our dietitians are excited about celebrating National Nutrition Month because not only is it a great time to highlight the wide-range of free health and wellness services we offer year-round, it also allows us to share the expertise of our in-store nutrition experts with local organizations in our surrounding communities,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite.

In addition to in-store and community events that will be held during the month-long celebration, ShopRite’s dietitians will be partnering with dozens of government agencies to officially designate March as National Nutrition Month.

Founded in 2006, ShopRite’s Registered Dietitian program has over one hundred registered dietitians servicing ShopRite locations across the Northeast. ShopRite’s Registered Dietitians also offer free store tours, cooking skills classes, and work with ShopRite chefs to host culinary workshops for both kids and adults.

“March marks the beginning of springtime as well as National Nutrition Month,” says Menza-Crowe. “What better way to celebrate than by doing some spring cleaning in your own kitchen. The pantry is a great place to reduce clutter and encourage healthy eating.”

Menza-Crowe offers some tips on how to approach a pantry overhaul this season.

Take stock

A good first step of any reorganization is to take inventory. Clear a space and move everything from your pantry so you can see what you have.

Check expiration dates

Discard items past their expiration date to make room for newer items.

Store similar products together

Organize in a way that makes sense to you. For example, have a shelf for canned items, and pair all the beans together by type. Similarly, nuts and seeds, dried pastas, dried fruits, broths, and prepared soups can be categorized.

Organize with health in mind. 

Place nutritious snacks at eye level, so that everyone sees them right away when opening the pantry. This makes a healthy choice an easy one.

Create a “grab and go” section. This is a great place for ready-to-eat foods that are convenient for kids to grab after school or on the way to their next activity.

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

For more information on National Nutrition Month® at ShopRite, visit shoprite.com.

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