Thought I’d do something different this week’s Foodie Friday and show you all my pantry staples + essentials!
Last weekend my mom came over and helped me sort out our pantry. We organized (sorting and labeling) all my herbs and spices + pantry items, and everything looks great right now! Health is one of my non-negotiables in life, along with a good night’s sleep among other things. And a well-stocked kitchen and pantry is one of my priorities!
If you are looking to take responsibility for your health, I truly believe that it is crucial to address the kinds of food you have in your home. If your goal is to have radiant health and no dis-eases at all, then the most important thing you can do is to remove food-like substances from your kitchen, as these will drain you and will not contribute to your long-term health and wellness.
An easy step by step guide to a healthy pantry:
- Remove all food-like substances. If the ingredient list contains ingredients with numbers, or words you can’t pronounce, or has more than 6 ingredients, then it is not a real food.
- Remove highly processed, refined, inflammatory foods, including white sugar, table salt, gluten and dairy.
- Add more wholefoods, and foods that will nourish you! (The fun part)
Herbs and Spices
I love using a combination of herbs and spices to flavour food, and doing so you can limit your use of salt, although I do use a little Himalayan/Celtic sea salt at times! Baked sweet potatoes with some salt is just divine.. I also get my herbs in bulk from Kakula’s in Perth city because I go through them SO quickly – and if I had to pay a few dollars for each jar I got from the supermarket, I would be probably be broke by now…
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Chives (I put chives on everything..)
- Curry Powder
- Italian herbs
Oils and Sweeteners
To cook at high temperatures, I love using coconut oil and grapeseed oil. Don’t use olive oil to cook, as it will turn rancid, instead – use it as a delicious dressing.
- Raw, unrefined apple cider vinegar
- Unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Himalayan/Celtic sea salt
- Gluten-free low-sodium tamari
- Nutritional yeast
- Raw tahini (tastes like peanut butter and is amazing)
- Nut butters (almond butter – my fave; organic 100% peanut butter – my sister’s fave)
Sweeteners & Baking Needs
- Stevia (great substitute for sugar in drinks)
- Raw honey
- Dried dates and figs
- Vanilla extract
- Unsweetened rice milk/almond milk/coconut milk
- Coconut water
- Raw cacao powder
- Aluminium-free baking soda
- Dessicated coconut
- Brown rice
- Gluten-free pasta
- Nori wrappers
Raw seeds and nuts
- Brazil nuts
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds/Pepitas
- Sunflower seeds
Beans and legumes
- Mung beans
- Raw organic chocolate!!! (LovingEarth’s coconut mylk chocolate is my personal favourite, it is the bomb diggity)
- Brown rice crackers
- Superfoods (goji berries, green powders, maca, and the newest addition of hemp protein)
- Tea (rooibos tea)
- Fresh bread/cookies depending on what I was inspired to do :)
I also wanted to note that transitioning into a healthy pantry can be hard at first – you might find yourself at the grocery aisles reading labels and making sure everything is a real food and not filled with nasty chemicals! But after awhile, trust me, it gets very effortless. And the health benefits will be worth it.
Think about it this way: the investment you make into a healthy lifestyle will offset those medical bills of the future.
Don’t forget that the best investment you will ever make is in YOURSELF! Invest on your health and wellness – eat healthy, stay active and always do the things that make you happy. Be healthy and strong and happy, then you can pursue your passions and your dreams with ease, and live the amazing life you were always meant to live.
Jia Ni x