Hi fellow health nuts!
The best way to adopt a holistic way of eating is to be well-stocked: a ready pantry makes it easier to make healthy, wholesome meals in a pinch! I often get asked what I keep on hand at home – here’s a list of my recommendations for the best essentials to keep at the ready:
- Protein Powder – many of us, vegetarians in particular, don’t get the protein we need in a day – protein powder is easy to mix into smoothies for a wonderfully healthful, nutritionally balanced way to start your day!
- Flax seeds & crackers – these powerful seeds are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. Mix them into smoothies, sprinkle on cereal or porridge, toss them into a salad – there are tons of options!
- Nuts – the options are endless: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, peanuts… need we say more? Perfect for an anytime snack, adding to a salad, baking into bread, and much more!
- Dried Fruits – raisins, goji berries, dates, prunes and more – high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, dried fruit is great when you’ve got a sweet craving, and is wonderful paired with your favorite nuts!
- Millets – these special grains are full of nutrients, including a high B-vitamin content, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. They’re also a healthy source of essential fats in the body.
- Amaranth – a powerful ancient grain, the protein in amaranth is more digestible than other seeds and grains and has been compared to the digestibility of milk protein!
- Quinoa – quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It contains almost twice as much fiber and iron as most other grains!
- Organic apple cider vinegar – a healthful supplement which aides diabetes prevention, as multiple studies have shown a correlation between apple cider vinegar and lower blood sugar levels! It also aides weight loss as its consumption can help you feel more full, which can help you eat less.
- Oils – like extra virgin olive oil, ghee, sesame oil, avocado oil – are all essential oils and highly nourishing for the body
- Sugars – avoid white sugar and instead turn to healthy alternatives like honey, agave syrup, coconut sugar, and organic jaggery
- Wholegrain oats and muesli – one of the healthiest breakfast choices!
Please leave a comment below if you’d like suggestions on where to source any of these ingredients – and if you want to convert a favourite food into a healthy one, let me know! I’d be happy to offer a healthier alternative.