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Creating A Healthy Kitchen Cupboard

One thing that always saddens me is how many people claim not to be able to afford to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is frustrating when the supermarkets appear to always have offers on pizza, chips, and ice cream – Of course, all these can be enjoyed in moderation but they should not be used as an excuse.
 
I’ve created a list of the food basic’s I always have in my cupboard, the list is not extensive and should be tweaked to your tastes but I find that I can make cereals, snacks and main meals from these basics.

 

 

Herbs/Spices/Sauce:
 
*I have a little coriander plant on my windowsill as I love being able to grab fresh flavors…
*Everyone should have an herb/spice rack and I often reach for garlic, basil, sage, cumin, and cinnamon.
*I always have agave honey in my cupboard.
*Balsamic Glaze – This is a must have for low fat/sugar/calorie topping and sauces and can be used on salad, stirfry or pasta. Morrisons and Waitrose both do delish versions.
 
Baking:
 
*Soft Brown Sugar
*Bread Flour & Yeast – I love baking my own bread and you can mix in your own spices, or fruit/seeds and it means you can make a smaller loaf/rolls/bagels if you won’t eat a whole large shop bought loaf.
*Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder – Expensive but creates the most incredible deep chocolate flavor.
*Plain/ Self-raising flour
*Breadcrumbs – I make my own vegetable/chickpea/spinach/beans burgers, miles more healthy and tasty.
 
Nut’s, Seeds, Fruit:
 
*Dried Fruit – When there is an offer on I go wild, In my stock I keep– Cranberry’s, Sultana’s, Mango, Prunes, and Dates.
*Nut’s – Again personal choice but I try to keep in peanuts, almonds, and cashews
*Seeds – For me, it’s all about Linseeds for healthy digestion, pumpkin seeds for snack packs and sesame for breakfast crunch.
 
 Oats/Grains/Pulses:
 
*CousCous – I have a really tasty, filling and healthy recipe coming up this month with couscous.
*Oats – I keep large oats and normal porridge oats in, great for cookies, breakfasts and healthy bites.
*Lentils – These make a soup really filling and are very cost effective.
*Chickpea’s – Great in salads, couscous, homemade hummus, and burgers.
*Quinoa – I can see this being the superfood of 2013, I’ve been pinning burgers, salads and even granola recipes using Quinoa. 
 
Vegetable Jars: 
 
*Olives
*Sundried Tomato’s – These cheer up everything. 
*Beetroot – I have to be in the mood for beetroot and have week’s when I can’t eat enough and others when I couldn’t care less…
 
Do you have any must-have cupboard basic’s? Do you buy anything on a regular basis that I should try? Surely I can’t be the only person who relishes a healthy food offer? 
 
Katie
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2 comments

  1. Your kitchen is gorgeous, very jealous!
    Great post, really useful! Don't you worry about the high levels of sugar in the dried fruits? I love them but after being on Weight Watchers and seeing how many points they were it put me off them somewhat!
    As for additions, i'm a huge pickle fan, so always have gherkins, jalapenos, pickled onions and olives in which make a mundane salad really really yummy.

    Rachel xx
    theinelegantwench.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Rach 🙂
    I am going to miss this kitchen…Sadly I officially leave this home in a few weeks and am slowly settling into a new small but smart kitchen at the fella's..whenever I nose at future homesonline I'm always judging the kitchen!
    Loving the olives, need to add onions (scrummy)and gherkins – Such a good idea.
    I have a terrible, terrible sugar addiction..my dried fruit always takes me over my MFP sugar limit..I need to find a alternative 🙂
    xx