How to Stock a Healthy Pantry

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There is no better time than now to do a deep spring-clean of your home, office, car, and wherever else you spend a lot of time. One area that I can help you with is your kitchen! Think of your kitchen as the place where your health begins. As Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” When you start to think of your food as tools for health, you can start to think about how the items you stock your kitchen with are going to benefit your body.
Yes, I know – it’s very different from the way that a lot of us were raised to think of pantry essentials. For many of us, our parents most likely shopped with convenience, price and accessibility on their minds as their top priorities. Those thoughts led to us growing up with seeing enriched cereal, tomato sauce, canned beans, crackers, and cookies in the pantry. Maybe some vegetable oil. And maybe microwavable popcorn.
The kitchen is a direct reflection of your health.
To begin the deep clean, go to your pantry and open up all the doors. Take a good look at what you have. If you see anything that has been there for over a year, throw it out. If there’s anything that includes a lot of chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated oils and dyes on the ingredients list, throw it out. Be mindful when tossing out these items – if they come in a cardboard box, take the contents out first and discard the cardboard into your recycle bin. And if you have a compost bin at home, you could even open up the packages and dump the contents in there.
Now your pantry might be looking a little hollow. This is the time to make a list of the foods that will support you and your family’s health.
Here’s an example grocery list to stock a healthy pantry:
  • Beans (dried or canned with no preservatives or additives) like lentils, black beans, garbanzo, Great Northern
  • Coconut milk (pure, no preservatives)
  • Coconut sugar/Honey/Maple syrup
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Organic spices
  • Quality oils such as coconut, avocado, grapeseed, extra virgin olive oil (always carry one oil for dressing and one oil for cooking over high heat)
  • Organic pastas and organic pasta sauces made without preservatives or chemical additives
  • Organic coffee and teas
  • Fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Rolled oats
  • Cacao nibs
  • Good quality nuts and seeds (walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, macadamia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all packed with micronutrients)
  • Dried seaweed
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Good quality stocks and/or bone broth
And there you have it, friends. The above list is just an example to give you some ideas. Your list will probably differ due to you and your family’s unique tastes and preferences. Do you have any pantry essentials that I haven’t listed above? Let me know in the comments!
Wishing you an abundant spring season and happy deep cleaning!

Published by seypitton

I'm an astrologer and health coach and I specialize in helping people develop their self-confidence by helping them gain a deeper understanding of their soul.

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