Healthy Staples to keep Stocked in the Pantry

The first step toward healthy eating is a fully stocked pantry. However, it requires a well-stocked kitchen. Also most of the healthy foods are highly perishable and must be used within a few days.

When your pantry is stocked with delicious, nutritious foods, it’s much easier (and more fun) to stick to a healthy eating plan. It is possible to keep a number of healthy, long-lasting staples your pantry, freezer, and fridge and use them to make nutrient-dense meals and snacks.

Grains: Grains like brown rice, amaranth, bulgur, oats, and quinoa are excellent sources of fiber and micronutrients, including B vitamins, manganese, and magnesium. They can be stored at room temperature for months to years.

Canned beans and Lentils: In addition to being shelf stable, canned and dried beans and lentils are highly nutritious, offering an abundance of nutrients, including fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron.

Nuts, Seeds and their Butters: They are nutritional powerhouses, providing healthy fats, filling protein, fiber, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Natural nut and seed butters are long lasting and healthy alternatives.

Frozen fruits and vegetables: fresh fruits and veggies, such as berries and greens, are highly perishable. In frozen form it allows you to always have nutrient-dense produce on hand.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It has multiple uses in the kitchen. It is an effective all-purpose cleaner and can be used as a flavorful addition to recipes like sauces, dressings, and baked goods.

Fermented Foods: Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are delicious and versatile, and they offer a number of health benefits. Plus, these foods are long lasting, so you can stock up without worrying about food waste.

Spices and dried Herbs: Turmeric, cayenne pepper, rosemary, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, and cumin all offer impressive health benefits and helps elevate the flavor of dishes.

Having your fridge, pantry, and freezer stocked with healthy foods can ensure that you always have ingredients on hand to prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal.


Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-staples

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.