It can be super hard trying to rustle together healthy meals when you don’t have the right ingredients on hand (duh…). Having a pantry loaded with tempting snacks or sugary sweets, can easily undo weeks of hard work.
One of the first goals I ask my nutrition & coaching clients is to go home and clear out their fridge and pantry – this includes processed meats, bottled salad dressings, taco sauce, teriyaki marinades, chips, lollies, fizzy drinks, white rice, white flour…anything that will try try to lead you astray during your new healthy routine.
Re-stocking your kitchen can be a daunting task, so I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list for the must have’s in any wholefoods household. Please don’t be overwhelmed by this! Start with what you can and build up.
For those who know me well, will know that I love foods from all over the globe – whether it be Indonesian, Indian, Japanese or Moroccan, I like to know I have the essentials on hand to whip up what ever my tastebuds so desire. And this list does just that – from what I have written, you should be able to create almost any dish from around the world without too much struggle or strife. Cool huh?
A few little comments before we get started:
- Some of the fruit and veg aren't always going to be in season, and sometimes, it can be expensive or difficult to always buy organic. My best tip here is to start with your local farmers market. You know where the produce is coming from, exactly what's in season and will get the best deals on organic fruit n veg where you can afford to do so.
- If you are vegan, you will obviously omit the protein items which don’t fit into your diet. Make sure you load up on foods rich in iron, calcium, B12 and vitamin C to ensure your body isn't missing out on some of the essential building blocks it needs.
DRIED HERBS & SPICES
NUTS & BAKING
Brown Rice Flour
Flaxseeds or flaxmeal (for vegan 'eggs')
Gluten Free Baking Powder
Unprocessed, Raw Honey
SAUCES & OILS
Apple Cider Vinegar
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Organic Coconut Cream
Organic Tinned Tomatoes
LEGUMES & GRAINS
Brown Rice Noodles
Mung Bean Pasta
Alkalising Super Greens Powder
Raw Cacao Powder
Vegan Brown Rice or Pea Protein (no added sweeteners)
Mung Bean Sprouts
Organic, Free Range Chicken
Organic, Free Range Eggs
Organic, Grass Fed Beef
Organic, Non GMO Tempeh
Organic, Non GMO Tofu
Wild Caught Fish such as Snapper, Salmon or Trout
CONDIMENTS & LIQUIDS
So what's next? Head to the recipe section of this site and start cooking!
Dont forget to share your creations with me by tagging me on Instagram or Facebook.