10 Things You Need In Your Kitchen

Wanna get healthy at home? 

Making your pantry healthier is a bit easier with these 10 things on hand…

It’s also much easier to make healthier choices and to eat a variety of foods when your pantry looks like this…

1. COCONUT OIL – You can use this for baking, frying, MOISTURISING even!! Lots of things really. And there are countless recipes on the web for healthy treats using coconut oil. 

one of the health benefits; the lauric acid in coconut oil helps stave off infections & can kill bacteria and viruses!

2. ALMONDS – You can use these as a healthy snack, to make nut milk or ground them to make an almond meal in place of flour.

one of the health benefits; Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium and high quality protein. Eating almonds is said to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

3. QUINOA – Use quinoa in place of rice, or added to a salad for some extra bulk.

one of the health benefits; Quinoa is very high in protein so great for vegans and vegetarians.

4. HIMALAYAN SALT – Use exactly as you would table salt.

one of the health benefits; We actually need salt. What we don’t need is the refined, processed, bleached stuff that is table salt. Himalayan salt contains all 84 minerals and trace elements. I know which one I’d rather have.

5. CHIA SEEDS – These can be used for making chia puddings (they hold 17 times their weight in water), added to salads, breakfasts & smoothies.

one of the health benefits; Chia seeds provide protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids so they’re great for you to reach your nutrient quota every day without really having to do anything extra!

6. OATS – Good old fashioned traditional rolled oats are a great pantry staple. For porridge, home made muesli or even to bake some yummy cookies.

one of the health benefits; Oats are said to be the worlds healthiest food. Oats lower cholesterol levels & reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And if you have a bowl for breakfast you will be satisfied for agessss!!

***Just as a side note on oats, coeliacs cannot eat oats because they need to stay away from gluten, but pure oats don’t actually contain gluten naturally. How they are processed however, subjects them to cross contamination with wheat, barley and rye so they can’t be called gluten free and coeliacs do still need to stay away unfortunately.

7.MAPLE SYRUP – I know! Amazing it’s on the healthy list it’s so yum! Just make sure to buy real maple syrup (the 100% syrup) rather than the processed junk.

one of the health benefits; It’s full of minerals & is great for people that want low fructose options as it has less fructose than honey and dates.

8. OLIVE OIL (extra virgin cold pressed) – Can be used for salad dressings and even as a moisturiser or hair treatment!

one of the health benefits; It’s packed with antioxidants which strengthens and protects your immune system.

9. PUMPKIN SEEDS – Can be added to salads, muesli mix and smoothies.

health benefits; Loaded with zinc which plays a huge role in the body. Assists the immune system, aids wound healing and one for the boys -promotes the generation of sperm 😉

10. EGGS (organic & free-range) – breakfast, lunch, dinner, baking, snacks. Whatever really!

health benefits; Eggs are a complete food. Also one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They raise HDL (the good cholesterol), keep you fuller for longer, contain all the essential amino acids, are packed with vitamins and minerals.

 

Anything you would like to add that is a healthy kitchen staple of yours? Want a recipe using one of these ingredients? Let me know in the comments…

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