One of the topics that we should definitely have to talk about about when it comes to health and fitness is food.

Our food choices really matter in sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s one of the important factors that contribute to our overall health and wellbeing. This is where we get the nutrients we need for our everyday life for energy, growth, and basically, for our body to function.

On this blog post, I wanted to clear up our thoughts we have on ‘diet’ with some truth: it’s eating without restrictions while eating to fuel the body with good nutrition.

For years of living a healthy life, I have found my favorite healthy pantry staples that I always have on hand to make sure I build and eat healthy meals every day.

With that, I couldn’t help but share to you these essential pantry staples that will definitely jazz up your experience with food and improve your health!

Rolled Oats

Oats are a great source of carbohydrates and fiber, which keep you full longer. Over the years, I’ve found great recipes that changed my perception on oatmeal being bland and boring. I’ve also discovered ingredients best paired with oatmeal that make it very delicious and interesting.

My favorites these days are apple pie oatmeal and chocolate oatmeal made with 100% Cacao Tablea or cocoa powder.

Ever since I had this for breakfast, there is nothing more satisfying than a bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning!

Nuts

Nuts are great oatmeal or yogurt toppings. They add texture and a hint of bitterness. Trust me, its texture and flavor create balance to any sweet or salty dish. They can also be eaten alone as they’re known for being healthy snack options.

At home, we always have almonds, walnuts, and peanuts. Aside from the fact that they have plenty of health benefits, I am a snacky, if this is even a thing, person! So I never skip these and it’s also to ensure I consume a good amount of healthy fats a day.

Fresh and Dried Fruits

Oh! Nothing beats fresh fruits! or any fresh food in general.

I think this needs no explanation. Fresh fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals. And they’re fresh! Meaning no additives and preservatives, and we get to experience the maximum benefits they provide.

If you have access to dried fruits such as raisins, dried cranberries, dried dates, and prunes, have them too! They are also associated with health benefits, but it is recommended to limit your intake of these because they’re high in sugar.

For me, I always like to include a fresh and a dried fruit on my cereal or yogurt to make it a healthy meal.

Seeds

If you’ve been living healthy for some time now, you’ve definitely heard of seeds such as chia and flax. And just like nuts, seeds are great sources of good fats and they are also high in protein.

Although they cost quite a bit, it’s gonna be a real bargain.

Next time you go grocery shopping, consider buying chia, flax, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds and add them to your meals.

Fresh Bread

The one we all can’t live without. Tell me I’m right! LOL but really, who can resist bread? It’s probably everyone’s favorite source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber.

Instead of buying bread from the grocery store, prefer bread from a bakery as they mostly sell fresh ones. This will be your better option because fresh bread contains little to no preservatives and additives. For your best option, go for fresh bread that only contains the basic ingredients such as flour, salt, water, and yeast.
I always buy mine from The French Baker and my favorite ones are rye, sourdough, and whole wheat.

In healthy living, it’s really all about sustainability. So let’s ditch the toxic diet culture that encourages extreme weight loss and requires you to restrict calories. Truth is, you don’t have to cut out certain food groups to stay healthy.
Instead, I encourage you to include these healthy pantry staples as part of your daily meals.
It’s a great way to enjoy your food while getting the essential nutrients your body needs.

Happy Healthy Living!

Justine.