“If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.” - Eric McAdams
While it may sound simple, if you also apply the same to your pantry, you really can’t go wrong.
Set your kitchen up for success with these kitchen items, and don’t just store them at the pack of your pantry shelf (and never look at them again!).
Quinoa: It’s a great slow-release carbohydrate, that you can use to bulk up your breakfast or salad or serve as a side with protein and vegetables. The great thing about quinoa is that it’s a grain and not a traditional carbohydrate, so it’s much higher in fibre and protein.
Almond flour: A great alternative to gluten-free cooking, especially if you’re avoiding wheat flour. Almond flour is nutrient dense, highly satiating and delicious! I love using this for pancakes and in baking recipes.
Coconut flour: Another gluten-free alternative, coconut flour is highly nutritious and packed full of dietary fibre, and is therefore fantastic for blood sugar control, satiety and curbing cravings – all of which are essential for weight management.
Linseed, Sunflower and Almond Meal (LSA): I love adding this to my morning porridge or smoothie; also a great addition to smoothies, cereal and muffins. LSA adds essential fats to improve your hair, skin and nails, brain function, mood, exercise recovery and weight control.
Rice Malt Syrup: A delicious fructose-free alternative to sugar or honey, rice malt syrup is a great substitution to make sweet treats more waistline-friendly. I use this instead of honey or agave syrup, as it gives the same consistency and much less post-eating-sickness.
Coconut Oil: A saturated fat, coconut oil is ideal for cooking as it retains its structure under heat. If you’re managing your weight, avoid consuming this in large doses, however a spoonful in the morning with breakfast is great for pumping up the metabolism. Coconut oil also doubles as a skin moisturiser, lip balm and sunscreen.
Olive Oil: This Italian deliciousness is packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids. Olive oil makes the perfect salad dressing when combined with apple cider vinegar or a big squeeze of lemon and balsamic vinegar. Save it for cold use only, to protect the quality of the oil and the associated health benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing, as it’s traditionally used. Take 15ml in water first thing in the morning to kick start your metabolism, detoxify your liver and keep your immune system firing. The smell puts off a few people, but trust me, you’ll start seeing benefits very soon.
Coconut Water: This great post-exercise electrolyte replenishment is also perfect in smoothies, protein balls and even cocktails. Steer clear of the flavoured versions though, to keep it as natural and as low sugar as possible.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is nature’s blood sugar regulator. Add it to smoothies, cereal, sweet treats, curries and even your spag bol or taco mince mixture! Trust me on the last one, it’s delicious!
How would you detox your pantry? What would you throw and add?