Five must-have pantry staples we always have on hand and you should too!
Hey friends! Today we’re sharing with you 5 pantry staples that are not only nutritious, but delicious and versatile too. We’ll be sharing with you why they’re nutritious and the ways you can enjoy them. And although, this is not a conclusive list, we feel they will make a great addition to your pantry staples.
So lets get to these 5 Must-Have Pantry Staples!
Organic Unrefined (Virgin) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil was featured on our 3 Must-Have Oils for Your Kitchen. It’s a highly cooking versatile oil and a fat that we recommend consuming everyday. You may fear this fat because it’s high in saturated fat but we’re here to tell you that not all saturated fats are created equal. Whew! Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT), making it a very healthy saturated fat. Amongst many other benefits, it is a great source of energy, boosts metabolism and increases satiety. You can learn even more about coconut oil here.
How to add more coconut oil to your diet:
- Roast and sauté vegetables with it
- Fry eggs with it
- Blend it into smoothies or coffee
- Top a sweet potato or baked potato with it
Cold-Pressed 100% Olive Oil
Olive oil is another healthy fat that we featured on our 3 Must-Have Oils for Your Kitchen list. This is another oil you should have on hand because it’s high in monounsaturated fats. It’s a heart healthy fat and has blood pressure lowering properties, is highly anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy cholesterol levels. We recommend cold-pressed 100% olive oil as it contains the highest level of antioxidants.
How to add more cold-pressed olive oil to your diet:
- Drizzle it on a salad along with lemon juice or vinegar
- Use it in a homemade dressing or vinaigrette
- Use it in a homemade marinade for raw vegetables
- Make homemade mayonnaise with it
Wild-Caught Canned Salmon or Tuna
This is an economical and easy source of quality protein that’s always very satiating. We recommend including a protein source with each meal so canned fish is a great option for when time is not in your favor. It’s also high in Omega-3 fatty acids making it a heart healthy, anti-inflammatory food.
How to add more wild-caught canned salmon or tuna to your diet:
- Serve it on a bed of greens.
- Make salmon or tuna burgers.
- Make a simple salmon or tuna salad by mixing with mayo or avocado, celery, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates and are loaded with nutrients. They’re high in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C which enhances immunity, produces collagen for healthy skin and bones and promotes healthy digestion. In addition the rich orange color indicates that sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids like beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which promotes eye health and enhances immunity. While sweet potatoes don’t have as long of a shelf life as the other pantry items we’ve listed, they will keep for in a cool, dark pantry for 3-5 weeks.
How to add more sweet potatoes to your diet:
- Roast sweet potatoes in the oven
- Mash sweet potatoes with coconut oil
- Make sweet potato hash. See recipe here.
- Make sweet potato fries
Grass-fed Collagen Hydrolysate
Collagen is unique in its amino acid (protein) structure because of its high amount of glycine, lysine and proline. It’s a supplement with many health benefits. Fun fact: Our bodies are made up of 30% collagen. Some of its benefits include: a building block for skin, promotes hair and nail growth and strength, promotes healthy digestion, supports balance of hormones, increases satiety and enhances metabolism. A good amount to consume daily is 2-3 tablespoons. Two brands we recommend are Vital Proteins (blue container) and Great Lakes (green canister).
How to add more Collagen Hydrolysate to your diet:
- Blend it into a smoothie. Such as our Go-To Green Smoothie.
- Add it to a sweet potato, carrot or cauliflower mash
- Mix it into chia pudding or yogurt
So there you have it! 5 pantry staples that you should have on hand.
What healthy pantry staples do you like to keep on hand?
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