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!
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.
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….)
Waste not, want not…..
What to do with those bulk items you can’t eat fast enough.
What will not freeze will pickle!
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:
non-stick cooking spray
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
white wine vinegar
distilled white vinegar
rice wine vinegar
cream of tartar
paprika: sweet and smoked
red pepper flakes
white rice (Jasmine)
Snacks and cereals: