Healthy Kitchen Staples To Stock Up On

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | March 14, 2020 | Nutrition

It’s always good to have healthy kitchen staples on hand, so these are the healthy kitchen staples to stock up on! I keep all of the below around best I can, not only to ensure that I have healthy foods to base my meals off of, but because many of them last for a long time and can get me and my family through any times we are in the house for periods of time. My Whole Body Plan has dozens of recipes using many of these ingredients, so start your free trial today – it takes the guesswork out of healthful eating!

Denise Everyday Healthy Kitchen Staples To Stock Up On

Some of the below are more perishable and have less of a shelf life, so I buy them as I go to the store!

  • Extra virgin olive oil. Heart healthy, I use this on most everything that calls for oil!
  • Avocados. Healthy fats, sometimes I just scoop out a spoonful as a snack!
  • Lemons. Lemons add so much flavor and life to dishes – especially leftovers!
  • Kale or spinach. Dark leafy greens for salads or sides – I almost always add to pasta dishes.
  • Garlic. I love this natural anti-inflammatory and use it all the time!
  • Sweet potatoes. A perfect sweet treat or substitute for white potatoes.
  • Quinoa. I love this protein-rich food, and use it in salads, casseroles and more.
  • Carrots, onions and celery. Kitchen staples we should all have on hand!
  • Organic, omega-3 enriched eggs. A quick, inexpensive way to get protein and omega-3s.
  • Pre-roasted chicken from the grocery store. Good to have on hand for healthy meals, fast – especially healthy lunches.
  • Good sea salt. Look for fun flavors to add depth to your dishes.

In addition, it’s always good to stock up on the following – in case of emergency, and for any last minute meals – all are healthful, flavorful, and can help provide needed nourishment:

  • Boxed or canned broths. Veggie, chicken, miso – there are so many varieties to choose from, and all are a wonderful base for many dishes – soups, casseroles, stir fry and more. Look for low-sodium brands, and stock up as they keep for a long time!
  • Frozen vegetables. I like to add a handful to almost anything I make, from tacos to soups to tuna salad! Especially helpful when fresh veggies aren’t available… some of my favorites are edamame, spinach, corna nd peas.
  • Canned tuna and salmon. Excellent sources of protein, they keep for a long time and are versatile – use in casseroles, salads, as sandwiches and more. If you like sardines, stock up on those, too!
  • Canned or boxed tomatoes. Similar to broth, they will keep for a long time and can help punch up a variety of dishes.
  • Oatmeal. One of my favorites, oatmeal provides plenty of nutrients, plus fiber to help you stay regular and keep your energy levels up!
  • Canned beans. So simple, and chock full of fiber, protein and antioxidants, beans and legumes are a go-to for when I want a vegetarian meal, fast. I also add beans to other meals to beef them up – think soups, chilis, casseroles – and an added bonus? They are super cost effective!
  • Whole grains. In addition to quinoa, try to keep brown rice, jasmine rice, and barley on hand – they are easy to adapt into various meals, and keep well for a long time.
  • Nuts. An excellent source of protein, they keep for months and are a great snack! Learn how to roast walnuts (you can also eat them raw!)

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