9 Pantry Staples to Help You Eat Healthy
December 1, 2015
Not all pantry staples are created equally; these can help you eat healthy
Broth or Stock
Chicken stock or vegetable broth can add flavor to plain foods without significantly altering their calorie count. Try replacing the water with stock when cooking brown rice.
This chewy heirloom grain has a flavor similar to barley. It’s easy to prepare; simply rinse the farro then simmer it with water in a pot on the stove until it reaches the desired consistency.
This nut butter is delicious on everything from slices of whole grain toast to cold sesame noodles. Try looking for a no-sugar added variety.
Honey has a long shelf life and can easily replace other sugars in baking. Though all sugars should be consumed in moderation, studies suggest that honey has less of an effect on blood sugar, making it a better choice for health-conscious eaters.
These high-protein legumes come in a variety of colors, all of which vary in flavor and texture. Red lentils get soft quickly, making them a great choice for a quick and easy meal.
Though it’s a member of the parsley family, this seed has a complex and smoky flavor which pairs well with Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines. You can purchase ground cumin or whole cumin seeds which you can toast and grind yourself.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is said to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help promote weight loss. Try using this flavorful vinegar in homemade salad dressings.
Replacing vegetable oil and butter with coconut oil is a great way to add a subtle coconut flavor to foods while reaping a number of health benefits; coconut oil is said to improve everything from bone health to kidney function.
The higher the percentage of cacao in your chocolate bar, the lower the percentage of sugar. Bars that contain 70% or more cacao are typically considered healthier than those with less.