Stock Your Pantry the Right Way!
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Do you struggle with having the ‘right’ kind of foods stocked in your pantry so that you can easily create healthy meals?
Trust me, this will help!
Take a look at these go-to tips and get your pantry in tip-top shape:
1. Nuts and Seeds
Any plain raw nuts is a fair game. Buy organic if you can. Dare to explore and find new flavors: almond, walnut, pecan, macadamia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds
3 Reasons we like Nuts
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health
Good source of protein
Good source of fiber
3 Ways to use raw Nuts
Breakfast: Add protein to your breakfast
Snack: pack a couple handfuls in your purse or sports bag
Lunch/dinner: Add substance to your salads
2. Frozen Berries
Fruit is super important to buy organic because of high pesticide exposure. Therefore frozen can be a more economical choice especially in the winter months.
3 Reasons why we like Berries
High antioxidants and phytonutrient content to fight aging and speed recovery
Rich in phytonutrients and it is an easy why to add color to your diet
3 Ways to use Frozen Berries
smoothie: frozen berries, banana, avocado, nut butter, water
berry bowl: make extra thick smoothie and top it off with variety of nuts/seeds
hot cereal and frozen berries
Sweet potatoes, turnips, radishes, carrots explore.. try some thing new
3 Reasons we like Root Vegetable
Great choice of organic winter vegetables
It can last a while
You can use it in more than one way
6 Ways to use Roots
Cutting in the different way will change the flavor
Try roasting sweet potatoes cubed and whole
Radish can be cubed for roasting or
shredded for salads or
sliced to use with dips like hummus or guacamole
Carrots shredded will be great for a salad, cut longwise makes a great snack, and cut round for roasting.
In the ideal world like to buy dried beans, cook a bag full and freeze them or store in the fridge for later use. Canned beans are good choice in many occasions. My concerns with canned foods is: BPA and salt. Many manufacturers use BPA (bisphenol-A) to line the cans and canned foods are usually high in salt. Look for BPA free cans and salt free products.
3 Reasons we like Beans:
High fiber and generally any type of bean you choose only 1 1/2 cup of beans will meet the minimum 30g of daily fiber requirement
Breakfast: eggs, beans, beans, salsa, guacamole
Lunch: mix it in with your sad
Dinner side dish: make bean salad for a side dish, warm it up with sautéed onion and garlic…
3 Reasons we like Ginger
3 ways to use it
Tea: chunk it up and poor hot water over it, let it steep or simmer
Spice: cook together with vegetables to give it a little kick
Sports drink: use cold ginger tea with a little honey and lemon to rehydrate after a work out
Now, take a look at what you have in your pantry, restock these items that you don’t keep on hand, and whip up a healthy, nutritious meal that is guaranteed to be satisfying! Still have questions or need extra tips? We can help, just reach out!