Healthy Pantry Must Haves

Posted by Active Wellness Team on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Team Active fitness experts round up their healthy pantry items. Share this content with your members and team today! 

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What are on the first items on your grocery list? It’s essential to keep basics around for at-home cooking. Having access to these staples will allow you to create delicious and nutritious meals without reaching for the processed unhealthy options.

  • Herbs and spices, the options are vast especially when it comes to spices. For us, the basics begin with salt, black pepper, cumin, chilli powder, basil, oregano, cilantro and parsley. These are familiar to most and you may even have them all in your cupboard right now. Once the basics are covered, branch out and try something new, you might just discover your next favorite flavor! 
  • Grains can be difficult to choose from, maybe you’ve only had a few varieties or are not sure how to cook them. With a long shelf life and amazing versatility, we recommend keeping a few on hand including rice, quinoa, couscous and oatmeal. Beans, Don’t forget these important staples. Beans can be a wonderful option to build a meal around. With versatility in size, flavor profile, and nutritional benefit be sure to stock up lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas.
  • Low-sodium broths, these items have longer shelf lives. Whether you go for vegetable, chicken, or beef stock it’s wonderful to have around. You can even make your own stock at home, a fun and simple way to get the most out of your groceries.
  • Hearty root vegetables, Autumn is ripe with hearty root vegetables freshly grown and ready to make way to your pantries and dinner tables. With longer shelf lives and a variety of flavors, these versatile foods are great for stews, stocks, roasts, and other hearty dishes. We can’t forget to mention they’re also packed with vitamins and minerals helping you round out a balanced diet.
  • Fruits and citrus, these will have a shorter shelf life but can be consumed quickly in recipes, beverages or as a healthy snack. We recommend keeping a few limes and lemons on hand to provide brightness and balance to your meal. Fresh produce can be difficult with certain items having longer shelf lives than others. Rotation is key, keeping the items that need to be used and consumed upfront and available. 

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