I cleaned out our pantry today in preparation for taking the 10-day Real Food Pledge soon. I am pretty familiar with all of the rules, but most of the food that I eliminated was due to one of two things: some form of processed sugar in the ingredients list, or refined grains. I knew that my pantry needed a lot of work. I like to bake sweets and make candy. Plus I stocked up on “snacks” when hurricane Irene was on the way to NC. (Note: some of the bottom left shelf has Jim’s brewing supplies and should be ignored.)
Here is the load of “food” that was eliminated because the ingredient list included sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or an artificial sweetener. I expected cookies to have sugar, but I was surprised that SO many items in my pantry had sugar in them:
Some of the items with sugar also had refined grains, but they had already been eliminated due to sugar content. Here are foods that didn’t have sugar but were eliminated because they have refined grains or aren’t 100% whole grain:
Finally there were a few foods that either had a really long list of ingredients or included several “mystery” ingredients that sound like a long list of chemicals:
Those processed foods were replaced by “real food” snacks, including foods that are not pictured like whole fruits and vegetables and whole-grain brown rice:
So here is our pantry now: whole-grain flour, cereals, rice, and pasta; dried fruits and nuts; honey and maple syrup; oils and vinegar; bags of dried beans; canned pumpkin and tomatoes; and onions, garlic, winter squash, and potatoes. It’s nice that I can actually see everything in my pantry. (Note: some of the bottom left shelf has Jim’s brewing supplies and should be ignored.)
The pledge starts for my family in 4 days. Want to join in the challenge?!