When you stock your pantry, what kind of foods do you buy? While everyone’s kitchen looks a little different, you should always have a few staples on hand. From versatile favorites to nutrient-dense superfoods, here are fresh and healthy foods to always keep in your kitchen.
Seeds, Nuts, and Nut Butter
Nuts and seeds are delicious, versatile, and long-lasting foods that bring a myriad of nutrients to your pantry. If you need a filling fix of healthy fats, fibers, and proteins, reach for that bag of nuts.
While you’re at it, stock up on nut and seed butters. Look for natural options that don’t have as many unnecessary oils and sugars as the standard commercial options. These spreads are perfect for adding some protein to a smoothie or topping fruits or crisp veggies for an easy and nutritious snack at any time.
Fruits and Veggies of Every Kind
It’s not always easy to eat your daily share of fruits and vegetables. That’s why it’s important to keep a wide variety of them in your kitchen. Frozen produce is an easy, long-lasting alternative that still delivers plenty of vitamins and minerals. You can also keep canned fruits and vegetables in the cupboard. Just keep your options healthy by avoiding canned fruits and veggies that have added sugar or salt.
That said, nothing can beat fresh, ripe produce. If you’re worried about fruits or vegetables going bad before you can eat them, look for new ways to prepare and enjoy these foods. For example, apples, carrots, and plenty of other fresh fruits and vegetables are perfect for juicing, allowing you to use your produce and enjoy a delicious and healthy beverage anywhere you go.
Honey and Maple Syrup
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in something sweet. In fact, natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup are some of the best fresh and healthy foods to always keep in your kitchen. Like many foods, you just have to make sure you buy the right options.
Look for raw (and local, if you can) honey that hasn’t been pasteurized, as this will offer the most antioxidants, anti-inflammatory components, and other health benefits. Similarly, choose pure maple syrup, which offers antioxidants, potassium, and other beneficial nutrients. These natural choices are the perfect way to add a sweet touch to your breakfast, beverages, and more.