Above, you can see what's available for all to eat in my Pantry! When David Wolfe came to speak at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition he said something that really resonated with me..."take the doors of your pantries, put everything in glass, let people who visit you see what you are choosing to feed yourself."
Well since Tim and I rent not own our apartment in Sunnyside that's not really an option but I thought I'd take some photos so you can get a good idea of how we store our food and what we food we choose to spend our mula on!
Above is the left side of our Pantry where we keep all of our nuts (awesome trail mix on the left there), oils, sweeteners (several options- raw agave, raw honey, and sugar in the raw) teas and coffee, and other goodies. You may notice that we keep a lot of stuff in glass.
It's important for us to keep the food that we get in glass containers if possible for several reasons:
1. Depending on the food (if it's something like nuts or popcorn for example) it stores for a longer amount of time without going stale in glass as opposed to plastic bags.
2. We can actually see what we're eating and how much of it! You'd be surprised how many people don't know how much of something they're eating because they can't see it!
3. It's just more aesthetically pleasing. When I open my pantry and see glass containers full of tea bags or colorful nuts and dried food or a basket full of all of our pastas, rices and grains it just makes me want to eat them!
As you can see, the right side of our pantry is where all the grains, beans and goodies live. Some that you may notice are flax seed, whole wheat linguine, organic buckwheat and millet. Once we brought in that basket for our pastas and rices the whole place got so much more manageable and organized which is mandatory when you have a small space with limited storage.
The last picture is kind of cheat and a major plug for farmer's markets everywhere. This picture obviously isn't taken in our pantry but just outside of it is our table with all of our goodies from the Sunnyside farmer's market! The last bit of summer local Long Island corn, some prunes, apples and pears from New Jersey and some horseradish cheese from Lancaster, PA. The guy told me he makes the cheese himself and has to literally where a compression mask because of all the horseradish! Now that's dedication.
If you are in NYC please check out www.grownyc.org to find out where your local farmer's market is. If you are outside the NY area check out www.organicconsumers.org to find a place near you to get fresh food!