Now that Christmas is over and New Years is only 4 days away, I thought I would tell you of 8 foods that you should always have on hand in your kitchen pantry to get your eating back on track and keeping you on track for 2017.
1. Slow Cook Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Stuck for breakfast ideas? Oatmeal is ideal! (not the instant kind)
I make sure that I never run out of oatmeal. It’s rich in protein, fiber, as well as iron – a nutrient many people are deficient in.
Oatmeal is also a higher volume food, so it fills you up. Top it with a little cinnamon and walnuts and you won’t feel the least bit restricted. Steel cut oats are even less processed and have a bit of a crunch to them making them my preferred choice.
2. Chia Seeds
Struggling to get your omega-3 fatty acids in? Chia seeds make it easy. This seed is a terrific source of antioxidants. It provides an excellent dose of fiber too. It even offers a small dose of protein with the healthy fats it contains.
Try adding chia seeds on top of your bowl of oatmeal for super-star breakfast. Or, if you prefer, blend them into your favorite protein smoothie like I do every morning.
As the only grain to contain a full spectrum of protein, quinoa is a perfect pick for vegetarians. It’s also great for combating heart disease.
Substitute quinoa whenever brown rice is called for.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the new superfood you can’t ignore. It’ll help boost your immune health, promote a stronger heart, and can assist with weight loss too!
Coconut oil has a great many uses. It’s great for cooking. Add it to your baking in place of regular oil. Slather it on your skin as a moisturizer, or even use it sooth a bug bite.
5. Almond Butter
Rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and protein, almond butter is the perfect spread! Studies suggest that regular nut eaters may also help lower their risk factor for diabetes.
Smear it over a banana or apple or add it to your smoothie or do what I do and eat it by the spoonful 🙂
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries! You can use it in both food recipes and household remedies.
Try it in salad dressings, on your skin, or taken before meals to help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote fat loss.
7. Black Beans
A complex carb that’s great for long-lasting energy. Black beans are great for adding protein to your diet too. They’ll help to support a healthy digestive tract, while lowering your risk for colon cancer.
Try them in a healthy home-made chili using ground turkey rather than ground beef or use in your favourite chicken enchilada recipe or mexican quinoa.
8. Dried Fruit And Nuts
Looking for the perfect snack mid-afternoon? Try some dried fruit and nuts. This combo has everything – healthy fats, lean proteins, fiber, and carbs. Just keep your portion size to a couple of handfuls.
So, those are the Top 8 foods I always keep in my pantry. How many of these are in your pantry right now too?
Your partner in health.