Having a healthy pantry is always a good idea, but especially important right now during these uncertain times. Knowing you have a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer will give you the freedom to prepare nutrient dense foods to support your immune system while you hunker down.
As much as we love our fresh vegetables, now is probably not the best time to buy fresh spinach for instance, as it will probably go bad before we get a chance to use it. The best foods to buy right now (if you can find them) are going to be frozen vegetables and fruits. However there are a few fresh produce items to purchase and these are ones that have a sturdy peel that helps protect them, such as:
. Winter squash
. Lemons, limes and oranges
. Sweet potatoes
. Apples (sliced with almond or cashew butter makes a delicious snack)
Other great staples are:
. F𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨: almond flour,tapioca/arrowroot, coconut in hand. These are staples in a lot of our baking.
. N𝙪𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩 and other spices: garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cumin, chili. They last forever and add so much flavour.
. C𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙨: diced tomatoes, olives, tuna/salmon/sardines, artichoke hearts, almond/cashew butter, strained tomatoes etc.
. N𝙪𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 as well as dried fruit: We always have almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried raisins (Delicious added to salads). These are best stored in the fridge or freezer to maintain freshness.
. O𝙞𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙧 : cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil (for Asian inspired dishes), as well as apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and balsamic.
. M𝙞𝙡𝙠: we like to keep cans of coconut milk in the fridge as well as almond and cashew milk.
. F𝙧𝙤𝙯𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙪𝙞𝙩: this can often be healthier and more nutrient dense than the premature picking and artificial ripening found in most grocery stores. In a morning smoothie made of frozen fruit, vegetables (like cauliflower) will be over powered by the fruit so you won’t taste the cauliflower, but it will give you some awesome benefits. In addition, collagen (optional, but a great way to get some quality amino acids) is the perfect way to start your day and boost your immune system.
. E𝙜𝙜𝙨: free-range if possible. A definite staple for us.
. S𝙖𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙨: coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute), hot sauce, mustard, red Thai curry paste.
. P𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙞𝙣: chicken, minced turkey, salmon, beef, shrimp.
Having these pantry staples will make you feel calm, in control and prepared. Always do a check to make sure you’re well stocked. Stay safe!