Elevate Your Pantry Staples With These Healthy, Tasty Swaps
The pantry seems to be our most frequented destination of 2021 (hoping to change that post-vaccine). But in the meantime, as we continue to work and snack from home, we are looking for healthier swaps to fill our cabinets. Whether you're cooking for a family, yourself or last-minute guests, these healthy + tasty foods and drinks will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen while keeping your health and waistline in mind.
SHOP PANTRY ORGANIZERS
Kristen Bell and a few actor friends launched This Saves Lives, a company dedicated to sending food to children suffering from acute malnutrition globally. You can help with the purchase of these gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher bars that are also super yummy.
The Soulfull Project Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola ($13/2 Bags)
For every product you purchase from The Soulfull Project they donate a serving to a regional food bank in your area. And if that's not good enough reason to check out this brand, the taste of this dark chocolate cherry granola is.
Partake Baking Mix ($24/3-pack)
Founder Denise Woodward founded Partake, a brand of gluten- and allergen-free foods, after finding it difficult to serve snacks to her daughter with severe food allergies. Make pancakes, muffins, cakes and more with this healthier alternative to traditional mixes.
SkinnyDipped Almonds ($5)
Founded by a mom and daughter team, SkinnyDipped snacks are the perfect go-to for that midday munch. The layer of chocolate on each nut is much thinner than usual, meaning less sugar, and the non-GMO snack uses no artificial flavors or sugar alternatives. The added cocoa powder, however, adds a sweet flavor twist.
Malua Variety Pack ($15/3-pack)
Gut-friendly prebiotic bites in vanilla almond, lemon cashew, and chocolate peanut butter are the kind of #nocheating snack we crave.
Just when you think your budget is more canned tuna than caviar, San Francisco-based The Caviar Company makes you think again with options as low as $10. Top this delicacy on crepes, deviled eggs, potatoes and more for guests or yourself!
Stryve Protein Variety Snack Pack ($27/4-pack)
For keto fans, this air-dried beef with no sugar, MSG, nitrates or preservatives serves as an excellent snack but also makes your pantry look super stylish with its colorful packaging.
IMMI Instant Ramen ($56/9-variety pack)
This isn't your college-era ramen. These plant-based, keto-friendly ramen flavors (choose from Spicy "Beef," Black Garlic "Chicken," and Tom Yum "Shrimp") are the perfect base for your favorite ramen creations - just add your favorite toppings.
SAUCES + OILS
This Little Goat ($45/5 bottles)
From Top Chef's Stephanie Izard, This Little Goat cooking sauces (and spices) are designed for cooks who want to serve a delish dish without a lot of effort (raises hand). For example, serve up this Southeast Asian Spring Vegetable Tart this season with the zesty and savory Southeast Asia flavor.
Ricante Sauces ($26/5 bottles)
Have a little heat at the ready with Ricante non-GMO, gluten-free and keto-friendly sauces made with no sugar or salt added. Add flavor twists like apples, mangos, carrots and habaneros to everything from avocado toast to your favorite rice bowl recipe. The Costa Rica-based company supports a non-profit that helps reduce the use of single-use plastic.
Sonoma Gourmet Olive Oil Set ($52/5-pack)
Prepare a Squash and Prosciutto Panzanella Salad or Orange Rosemary Olive Cake with these flavorful organic olive oils in Basil Parmesan, Sautéed Garlic, Garlic & Herbs, Orange & Rosemary, and Roasted Chiles varieties (plus check out SG's organic pasta and pizza sauces).
We are all about using coconut oil in our cooking and baking (latest craze: sautéing onions in coconut oil and adding balsamic vinegar for a delightful hint-of-coconut dressing!). This cold-pressed, organic coconut oil is a great swap for vegetable oils and butter and is non-GMO and keto-certified.
Naledo Turmeric Paste ($14)Turmeric is a superfood you should get to know (for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties) and this award-winning paste is a great way to add a spoonful to any recipe. The mom and daughter team source straight from farmers for a more sustainable approach.
Founded by Chau Tonnu, a first-generation Vietnamese American immigrant who wanted to bring the flavors of her home to the U.S., Me's Way jars of sweet-and-savory chili sauce are made in small batches by hand, with carefully picked ingredients and little-to-no preservatives.
Lemonette Dressings ($30/3-pack)Crafted in small batches and locally sourced in California, these dressings in lemony flavors (Mediterranean Herb, Italian Herb, Lemon Garlic, and Zesty Cumin) are the feel-good alternative to cream or soy-based sauces. All are vegan, non-GMO, dairy-free, and made without any sugar or artificial ingredients.
FOND Bone Broth ($9)
Gluten, dairy, and sugar-free, plus full of collagen and free of toxins, these organic bone broths are packed with flavor, like poblano, beets, and serrano pepper in The Spur (use it alongside your French Dip Sandwich or try FOND's recommended recipes). Bone broth is great for gut health, soothes inflammation and is an all around superfood.
Golde Pure Matcha ($28)
This green superfood (rich in antioxidants and amino acids) gives you a caffeine boost without the jitters or the coffee crash. Toss it into your smoothies, lattes, or baking.
Pukka's Relax Selection Box ($20/45 sachets)
Score a better night's sleep with this selection of delicious organic herbal teas.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Cacao Mix with Reishi ($20/10 servings)
Reishi mushrooms offer a host of health benefits (like immune- and mood-boosting) and mixed with organic cacao in a gluten/dairy-free hot chocolate, they are a great swap for your morning cup of joe.
Atlas Coffee Club Subscription ($60-$240)
Keep your pantry stocked with brews from around the world with this coffee club subscription that keeps sustainability in mind.
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.