Aside from the obvious fruits, vegetables, and water, below are some of my go-to essentials and daily necessities for a healthy lifestyle that you'll find my pantry and fridge.
Avocado & Coconut Oil
Both oils contain those "good fats" you always hear so much about. They're beneficial for digestion, skin and brain health, as well as boosting your metabolism. Luckily, you can use both of them for cooking to reap all these benefits! Avocado oil has a pretty neutral flavor profile so is great for everyday cooking, dressings, marinades, etc. Coconut oil, to me, has a very buttery flavor so I love cooking my eggs in it and use coconut oil for Asian dishes like cauliflower fried rice. It's also perfect for a healthy alternative for butter in baking recipes, replace 1-1.
Oats are amazing to say the least! They are so versatile, use them for oatmeal, overnight oats, baked goods, and also for savory risotto in place of rice - sky is the limit! Not only are they a good source of whole grains but are also high in fiber, low in fat, and high in protein.
Sprouted Grain Bread
Ezekiel Bread has become very popular over the past couple of years and is my fav. Firstly, because it tastes amazing with a nutty flavor profile and crunch factor. Secondly, because of it's health benefits. All six grains and legumes combined contain all 9 essential amino acids to create a complete protein. Also, because they are sprouted, this bread is much easier on digestion and nutrient absorption.
Variety of Whole Grain & Other Flours
There are so many options out there for flours these days other than white made from whole grains, nuts, coconuts, and legumes. Why are they better? Simply because they give an extra nutritional bang for your buck! Each type of flour adds it's own unique flavor/texture and health benefits. You can find boxed mixes with these flours for things like for muffins, cakes, pizza dough, and crackers from companies like Simple Mills, which I love!
Vanilla almond milk is the bomb and you'll always find a jug of Califia Farms in my fridge. The perk of almond milk vs. dairy is it's lower in calories (and usually sugar, as long as it's unsweetened), contains no saturated fat or cholesterol, and is a good source of Vitamin A & D. I'm not allergic to dairy, I just honestly prefer the taste and benefits of Almond Milk!
OB-SESSED with almond butter, absolutely cannot get enough. Put that *ish* on everything! Not only does it taste amazing but it contains key vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein.
They are exactly that, PERFECT. Of course, my favorite flavor is almond butter. They truly taste like a cookie to me and are a perfect grab and go breakfast. Who doesn't like cookies for breakfast? Perfect bars are very high in protein and contain 20+ superfoods, amazing.
Turmeric & Cinnamon are two of my absolute favorite spices and both have great anti-inflammatory properties. I use a warming spice that contains both and add it to just about everything, like chocolate chunk cookies, sweet & spicy roasted pepitas, and golden oat banana bread.
A.K.A "Booch" - I think many can relate that the addiction is REAL. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is known mainly for it's digestive benefits as it contains probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants that aid in digestion and detoxify the body. It can also boost your immune system, energy, AND metabolism. It's pretty much magic juice in a bottle. GTS Kombucha, Gingerade flavor is my jam.
Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that are 'super' beneficial for your body and well-being. They all pack a punch with antioxidants, naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases.
I always keep chia, flax, and hemp seeds in my fridge, they all have their each health benefits and additional vitamins/minerals. You'll also always find quinoa, 'the ancient grain' (which is actually a seed!), in my pantry. Quinoa is a higher protein alternative to your usual 'grain' and offers multiple other health benefits. It's a great addition to a balanced meal and a great crunch addition in granola!
Another must-have superfood is matcha, green tea powder. I love me a matcha latte mid-afternoon, especially with vanilla soy/almond milk, YUM. One serving of matcha has the nutritional equivalent of TEN cups of green tea!! Matcha is know to boost energy, metabolism, and concentration/focus. It also gets it's green color from chlorophyll a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.
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