Don’t Drink Your Calories- Favorite Options

I can’t say I watch my calories… but I’m careful not to drink them either.  Plus, who needs the extra sugar that accompany those calories?  I look for alternatives with no artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes and no artificial flavorings.

I can’t say I watch my calories… but I’m careful not to drink them either.  Plus, who needs the extra sugar that accompanies those calories?  I look for alternatives with no artificial… anything.  Here are some of my favorite go-tos.  What are some of your favorites?

1) True Citrus drink mixes.  Flavorful, stevia-sweetened flavor packets with all natural ingredients. I love these!

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2) Crystal Light “Pure” drink mixes.  Add to your variety of flavors with all-natural, stevia sweetened Crystal Light “Pure” drink mixes.  Watch out for the “Pure Energy” variety… still stevia sweetend, but the energy drinks do have added sugar.

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3) Tea!  Tea comes in so many varieties and flavors.  I love a fruit flavored hot tea with a couple drops of vanilla flavored stevia.  Or make iced tea using my natural sugar free sweetener blend.  (My kids are cleaning the kitchen, singing Journey at the top of their lungs…. I’m gonna have to finish this later….)

 

 

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Pantry Staples

Pantry Staples are the items that I ALWAYS keep on hand and always go on the grocery list the moment I run low.

My recipe cards for meal planning have a Shopping List on the front of each card.  The Shopping List consists of items that are not Pantry Staples– so it’s just the things I wouldn’t normally have on hand.  When I line the cards up for the week, it gives me a nice list without having to read through all of the ingredients.

Your Pantry Staples list may vary from mine, depending on what you cook… But here’s a look at what I keep stocked in my home:

PANTRY

Oils:
olive oil
coconut oil
avocado oil
sesame oil
non-stick cooking spray

Vinegar:
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
white wine vinegar
distilled white vinegar
balsamic vinegar
rice wine vinegar

Baking:
baking soda
baking powder
cream of tartar
cocoa powder
chocolate chips
flour
corn meal
white sugar
brown sugar
honey
evaporated milk
vanilla extract

Canned Goods:
tomato sauce
tomato paste
diced tomatoes
stewed tomatoes
tomato soup
V-8
green chilies

Spices:
basil
bay leaves
black pepper
cayenne pepper
chili powder
cinnamon
cloves
cumin
curry powder
ginger
mustard powder
nutmeg
oregano
paprika: sweet and smoked
rosemary
red pepper flakes
salt
thyme

Grains:
white rice (Jasmine)
wild rice
couscous
pasta
egg noodles

Snacks and cereals:
crackers
breakfast cereals
rolled oats
apple sauce

FRIDGE

Dijon mustard
yellow mustard
ketchup
BBQ sauce
mayo
soy sauce
olives
chicken stock
salsa
beef stock
butter
milk

FREEZER

broccoli
corn
green beans
spinach
cheddar
mozzarella
ground beef
Italian sausage