Hi Friends! I hope you’re ready for part 2 of my Healthy Pantry series. Last night, we talked about how important it is to prepare your cabinets, refrigerator and shelves for your healthy changes for symbolic reasons as well as practical, just making room for all the new yummy foods.
So, let’s take a look at some of the staple foods you need in your healthy pantry. The easiest way to stock your healthy pantry is to simply replace the items you currently have in your cupboards with a healthier version. When you run out of sugar, buy raw honey or real maple syrup instead. Replace your regular vegetable oil with a healthy fat, like coconut oil, olive oil, or pastured butter. these are simple changes, and doing it this way will save you money because you don’t need to go out and restock the whole kitchen in one trip to the store.
I’m going to list some of the basics for you here. I’ll try to categorize these so that you have an easier time shopping. I’ll cover the staple items tonight, and we’ll look at fresh produce and meats tomorrow. Keep in mind, this list is designed for all different dieatary preferences, so if you are gluten-free, for example, you will want to avoid items on the list that contain gluten. I’m giving you several options so you will be able to make a variety of food without having to make a trip to the store first, which also decreases your temptation to swing through the drive-thru (yes, we’re all tempted occasionally!) And please, buy organic whenever you can! Here goes:
- Whole grain sprouted flour
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Arrowroot powder (for thickening sauces and using in recipes)
- Coconut oil
- Extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
- Raw honey (local is best)
- Maple syrup
- Raw, pastured butter (salted and unsalted versions)
- Sucanat (brown sugar replacement)
- Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar
- Balsamic vinegar
- White vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt
- Vanilla extract
- Aluminum-free baking powder
- Baking soda
- Variety of spices and herbs (fresh is always best!)
- Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- Assorted raw nuts (basics are almonds and walnuts)
- Shredded unsweetened coconut
- Dried cranberries
- Sunbutter, almond butter, or other nut butter that you like
- Steel cut oats
With this list, you have all the ingredients necessary to make some yummy baked goods like cookies, homemade granola, baked oatmeal for breakfast, homemade breads, yummy almond muffins, marinades and salad dressings, and so on, plus you also have lots of seasonings to add to your crockpot roast or sprinkle on your grilled veggies. Imagine how much better your meals will be when you can make all the things you previously enjoyed from a box, with a much higher quality. You will be using nutrient dense foods to create new snacks, desserts, and meals, and you will see your energy levels soar. You will also feel better and notice a reduction of symptoms of inflammation and toxic backlog in your intestines. Tomorrow night, we’ll cover some of the must have produce items that belong in every foodie’s icebox, and we’ll also talk about some better for you types of protein.
I wish you all happy pantry stocking! This is truly a wonderful adventure, and not something you have to do all in one trip to the store. Explore your local grocery store. Stick to the outside aisles as much as you can. You may have to venture in a little further for some of these staple items, but many stores now have completely separate sections for organic food choices which makes it much easier when you are shopping for organic. If you have a health food store or co op in your neighborhood, check that out as well. You will often find much better deals, and items that are harder to come by in the traditional grocery store. And by all means, when it’s in season, visit your local farmer’s market! That’s the absolute best way to find beautiful, farm fresh, hand-crafted items for your pantry at the best prices. Plus, you’re supporting your local small farmer…so important to do!
As I said, tomorrow night, we’ll delve into the fresh produce arena a little bit. I’ll share some of my favorite finds that you can easily add to your diet! Keep working on those lists, and have a great night!