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Happy 2014! I hope your holidays were relaxing ... and delicious. After all the fabulous foods my colleagues and I indulged in over the holidays, we're ready to get a healthy start to 2014. Call it a "New Year, New You." The first item on our to-do list: Stocking a pantry that allows us to cook delicious, healthy meals. Extra virgin olive oil, of course, is our top pantry essential. We’ll also include: whole grains, like quinoa and whole-wheat flour; seeds, including flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds; plenty of fresh veggies and fruits; and more.To help you stock your pantry, we’ve compiled a checklist. It’s collected from several sources, including: Wellness Today, theKitchn, EatingWell, and Shape. You can also find healthy and delicious recipes in our January eNewsletter.Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for drizzling, salad dressing, cooking, baking, more)Grains
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole-wheat and rye flours
  • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Whole rolled oats
  • Pearl Barley
Legumes Olive Oil Cruet from Fotosearch
  • Great Northern, cannellini, kidney, or pinto beans
  • Red, and/or green lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Garlic
  • Onions/shallots
  • Tomatoes (though technically a fruit!)
  • Carrots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Kale, Swiss chard, and other greens
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Potatoes and/or sweet potatoes
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  • Blueberries and other berries
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and other nuts
  • Flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and other seeds
  • Honey and agave nectar
  • Eggs
  • Raisins, cranberries, apricots, and other dried fruits
  • Balsamic, red-wine, white-wine, apple cider, and other vinegars
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tamari soy sauce
Please let us know your healthy pantry essentials! In the meantime, here’s to a Happy, Delicious, and Healthy 2014.Bon appétit,California Olive Ranch Master Miller Bob Singletary