Eating healthy can be a task in itself and it can take awhile to get used to adding healthy alternatives in place of your late night snacks or after work meals. There are plenty of ways to make it easier on yourself but one of the best ways to help yourself make healthier choices is to have your cabinets pre-stocked. By adding these 8 staples to your grocery list to keep on hand, making healthy food choices will be a breeze.
Cinnamon has a world of health benefits and can easily be added to your meals to help you prevent illness, promote weight loss, help your smile shine brighter, and provide your body with antioxidants that are much needed. This simple spice is a cheap addition to your spice rack.
Coconut oil is one of the best alternatives to cooking oils there is. While you can use it for a number of things outside the kitchen, in the kitchen it’s great to cook meats in, veggies, and even make low calorie treats with. A little bit of this oil goes a long way and provides a unique and delicious taste to your dishes.
Can you say yum? Once you start searching the internet for all of the things you can do with chickpeas, you’ll want to include them in plenty of dishes. If you’re wondering what to cook for dinner, a simple chickpea salad may be just what you need in your life. Stock up on a few cans at your local grocery store and keep them in your cabinet for your next home cooked meal or the next time you’re craving hummus (Pro Tip: you can make your own!)
For the love of super food…right? Quinoa is so versatile and one bag goes a long way. It’s a great alternative to rice if you want a meal that isn’t as heavy and can even be used as a different option to oatmeal for breakfast. You can quickly cook this superfood and enjoy it in no time.
By having vinegar (preferably a flavored vinegar) in your cabinet, you are able to quickly add flavor to your dishes without adding excess sugars and salts to your meals. This helps promote heart health by improving blood flow.
Go out right now and purchase yourself a big container of oatmeal. It is one of the cheapest things you can buy to stock your cabinet and is more versatile than you think. Oats can be used for breakfast, in smoothies, for a healthier cookie recipes… you name it! Oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol and is said to promote weight-loss.
Chicken or Veggie Broth
Broths usually last for a long time and are great to use for cooking instead of cooking foods in fatty oils. You can use broth to cook vegetables or meats for a lower calorie option. It can also be used to cook soups when you need something to warm up during the colder winter months. Make sure when you’re purchasing your broth you are careful of hidden sugar additives.
Almonds are one of the best nuts for your health. They help with cholesterol and can help aid in weight-loss. Simply add them as a topping to your chicken dinner (hello almond crusted chicken!) or add them to your oatmeal in the morning. It will do wonders for your heart and your health to have these nuts stocked in your kitchen.