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Monday, 21 December 2015

Store Cupboard Basics

When I talk about healthy eating I know some people automatically assume it'll be expensive, that's thanks to the superfood craze and all the fancy (& pricey) ingredients a lot of health bloggers cook with. Those ingredients definitely have a place in my kitchen as they are must-have products for healthy baking - creating foods like energy bites, gluten free vegan cake and biscuits is not really possible without superfoods such as chia seeds and I love adding hemp powder or baobab to my smoothies, but that doesn't mean you can't have a perfectly healthy and delicious diet without them. The superfoods are a bonus, but they're not 100% necessary.

When you embark on a healthy lifestyle change and maybe decide to have a more plant-based diet you may need to have a revamp of your cupboards. This means getting rid of the white pasta, the baked beans, the Heinz ketchup and the Nutella to replace them with whole foods that will do your mind and body so much more good.
I've made a list of essential foods and spices I keep in my cupboard at all times. If you're making your journey into a healthy life I'd advise picking up the majority of these ingredients as they'll create a nice base for many meals and encourage you to eat better. Buying these products all at once can be expensive but once it's out the way a lot of these foods last a long time, if you're looking for a cheaper way you can buy in bulk on Amazon which sometimes works out as a much better deal.

• Brown rice
• Brown rice pasta
• Brown rice or black bean noodles
• Oats - I buy gluten free
• Quinoa
• Gluten free flour - buckwheat or brown rice flour.
• Beans - my favourites are black beans, cannellini beans and kidney beans.
• Chickpeas
• Lentils
• Tahini
• Tamari - gluten free, less processed soy sauce.
• Apple Cider Vineger
• Nut butter - I love almond butter the most, but cashew is delicious also.
• Nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts)
• Tinned tomatoes
• Coconut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Seeds (pumpkin and sunflower)
• Pine Nuts
• Natural Sweeteners - coconut sugar and date nectar are my go-to sugar alternatives but raw honey is great too.
• Herbs & Spices - turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, paprika, oregano, dried coriander, cinnamon, ginger, etc.

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