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Tips to help you stick with your healthy eating resolutions!

January marks the start of a new year and brings an opportunity to get back on track after the holiday season. Although resolve is typically high in January, enthusiasm and commitment may fade in the coming months, so it’s important to lay the foundation for healthy eating now so that healthy habits continue as the year goes on.

Having a well-stocked pantry, fridge and freezer are a part of this foundation and ensure that there are always nutritious foods on hand to make meals and snacks.

Here are the key staples our team of registered dietitians recommend stocking in your Healthy Kitchen:

  • Pantry: Keep your pantry stocked with foods like whole grains, beans (both canned and dried), canned tuna, low sodium broths, pasta sauces, whole grain pasta, and healthy oils.
  • Refrigerator: Always have healthy protein sources like eggs and low-fat milk, Greek-Style yogurt and cheese on hand for quick meals and snacks. Stock up on fresh vegetables and salad greens each week to add important nutrients to your daily meals and use fresh herbs for added flavor. Keep fresh fruit washed and at the ready for quick-to-grab snacking.
  • Freezer: Fill your freezer with lean meats and poultry, fish, frozen fruits and vegetables and whole grain breads. When you have a little time to cook, stock up on freezer-friendly meals and always freeze extra leftovers. If you have a busy week and can’t get to the store, simply thaw out a few things from the freezer to help you avoid the temptation of the drive-thru.

Keeping your kitchen stocked with nutritious food staples makes it much easier to stick to your healthy eating resolutions and puts you on track for a happy, healthy 2015! For more insight on stocking a kitchen with wholesome, nourishing foods, check out our handy Healthy Kitchen Helper.

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A well-stocked pantry and freezer makes it easy to whip up quick, healthy meals on busy nights. Try these recipes that center around pantry and fridge staples:

Black Bean & Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

Heartfelt Tuna Melts

Heartfelt Tuna Melt

Make-Ahead Spaghetti Pie

Make-Ahead Spaghetti Pie


Bakes Cheddar Frittata

Bakes Cheddar Frittata



KMKelly Mahoney
Cabot Fit Team



I love January. There are new faces in the gym and a renewed vigor on improving ourselves and our communities. I know I need a little help getting my act together after the indulgences of the past few months. It starts with Halloween candy and just keeps packing on the calories. One of my favorite kitchen helpers is my crock pot. Time and time again, I’ve sung its praises. Just throw a few items in there and by the time you get home from work or errands, the house smells amazing and dinner is just a few minutes from being on the table. It makes my weekly family dinners pretty easy, too. I start with a big recipe of vegetarian chili or healthy peanut thai chicken. If there’s a huge crowd, I’m bound to have enough. If fewer people turn up than expected, we all get leftovers for the week!

Here are some helpful links for quick meal ideas, meal planning, and using leftovers!

Two-Day Supper

Healthy Kitchen Helper

5-Day Menu Planner

Lightened Up Recipes

Greek-Style Yogurt Substitution Guide

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