Watching all your favourite healthy foodies on Instagram whipping up smoothie cocktails, gorgeous buddha bowls, and stunning green salads and wonder, how are they making all of this up day after day?
We can tell you that they make it look easy from years of practice (which isn’t the most fun answer) AND because they’re keeping some nutritionally-dense foods in their kitchen at all times. That way, they’re only an arm’s reach away from some gorgeous and healthy meals on the fly.
Here are 5 ingredients we always have in our kitchen that make last-minute healthy recipes a snap.
You know we love spirulina. We talk about our love for spirulina a lot. But can you blame us? It’s considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! It’s filled with a variety of nutrients, including fatty acids, antioxidants, proteins, iron, vitamin B1, magnesium, and calcium. Vegans love it because it’s high in iron and contains protein. But what we love most about spirulina is how easy it is to incorporate into your regular cooking. We add it to our smoothies, mix it with our quinoa, or even top our popcorn with it.
Cashews are a great source of vitamins, protein, and minerals. But the secret power of cashews is how versatile they are and how easily they can be used to create healthier alternatives of some of your favourite foods. Soak cashews overnight and then blend to make cashew cream that can be used to make creamy (and vegan) pasta sauces, soups, and even cheese! Health nuts (pun intended) know that having cashews around is always a good idea.
When we’re not talking about spirulina, we’re talking about gut health. It was only a few years ago that we were ignorant about how amazing and vital are guts are to our overall health! An imbalanced gut can lead to a variety of problems (read more about that here) so we want to make sure we’re keeping our gut healthy. For us, that means getting enough probiotics and fermented foods. It doesn’t hurt that we’re obsessed with making simple sauerkraut at home and then adding it to everything from our avocado toast to our roasted veggies.
We reach for our coconut oil more than any other oil in our kitchen because of its sweet mild taste and also because of its high smoke point, but we’ve also become a big fan of MCT Oil too. MCT is a man-made saturated fatty acid and is made by combining medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil or palm oil. Unlike regular coconut oil, it doesn’t become a solid at room temperate. Meaning you can get a boost of good fatty acids by adding it to your coffee to make it bullet-proof, smoothies, or dressings.
Lentils may not be the exciting new trendy foods like some of the other staples in our kitchen but never underestimate the mighty lentil. Lentils are another gut-friendly food that are rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein. We use green lentils instead of meat in our shepherd’s pie and like to add roasted chickpeas to our salads. Having dried lentils in your kitchen is always a good idea to make your savoury dishes that much more nutritious.
Keep reaching for your health goals! And we’ve got some hacks to make it even easier, read all about it here!