A lot of people have been asking what are my main essential foods items that I keep in my cupboards, so I thought I would share them with you.
Eating well doesn’t have to be complicated but by having these top foods to hand can make food prepping and snacking a lot easier.
My first essential item definitely has to be oats…we have these every morning and rightly so! They are packed full of wonderful complex carbohydrates to balance out blood sugar levels as well as beta-glucan which is a fibre that can support heart health and skin health.
Chia seeds are a great source of fibre and omega 3 fats and are great to add to your breakfast oats, made into a chia pudding and added to smoothie or used as a substitute for eggs in baking…seriously it works!!
I always have nuts and seeds to hand always keeping a variety as they all have their own wonderful health benefits. One thing that they all have in common is they are packed with wonderful healthy fats that support heart health, hormonal health, skin health and can contribute to weight loss. They have amazing vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and zinc and high can contribute to healthy skin and immune health, as well as lots of fibre for supporting gut health.
Quinoa is a staple in our house as it’s so versatile and we use it in so many different meals. It’s so easy to prepare; 1 part quinoa : 2 parts water and salt! I often make a batch and keep it in my fridge to make lunch or add to breakfast. Quinoa is one of the only plant based sources that contains all of the 9 essential amino acids we need, as well as being high in fibre, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and beneficial antioxidants.
Pasta is always to hand, and although most of the time I make it myself, it’s always worth having some ready for when time is limited! I always recommend that you go for a wholegrain/spelt variety or a legume/bean variety such as chickpea or lentil pasta which is packed full of fibre and nutrients.
Talking of legumes and beans…my cupboards are never short of these! And don’t worry, you don’t have the have the dried variety as to be honest most of us don’t have time to soak and cook them so I always suggest buying the tinned or packet ones. They are a great source of protein and fibre and can help to bulk meals up as well as providing amazing nutrients. If you child or yourself are not keen, you can add them to sauces and whizz it up in a food processor and you will never know. Be creative with them, add them to curries, stews, sauces or why not add a paste like harissa or even pesto with sundried tomatoes and artichokes.
And of course…don’t forget the cacao powder which to be honest is a must! Packed full of mood boosting chemicals, fibre, magnesium and iron…this is a must to keep to hand.