Getting your kitchen prepared for your new lifestyle can be fun and will be helpful keeping you on track and ‘sticking with it’ when meal time rolls around!
Instead of listing what to get rid of, lets talk about the key items to keep stocked in your Freshitarian Kitchen pantry.
First, pantry items can be defined as elements that can be stored at room temperature, in airtight, sealed containers.
Dry Grains & Legumes
There are many different types of legumes, and each provides your body with good-quality protein needed to build muscle and tissue. Brown rice
Quinoa and Quinoa Flakes
When choosing dried herbs and spices, look for non irradiated, organic spices that are free from fillers. Almost all herbs and spices are beneficial to your health. They’re often antimicrobial and will boost metabolism.
Himalayan Sea Salt
Black pepper (in a grinder)
Your favorite herbs and spices
Oils – Choose oils that are unrefined, organic and cold-pressed when available. ex: extra-virgin olive oil (lower heat) and virgin coconut oil (high heat)
Raw nuts and seeds such as cashews, almonds and flax seeds.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Dried fruits such as dates, mangos and apricots (to make fruit paste)
Pure maple syrup
Canned, Boxed & Jarred Goods
These items should be used less frequently. The fresher you can eat the better. However, these items can help you make healthy food in a pinch. Read labels to make sure these are BPA-free.
Canned Beans (I always have black beans and chickpeas on hand)
Tamari/Shoyu or Bragg Liquid Aminos
Nut butter (I never run out of cashew or peanut butter)
Non dairy milks
Use the freezer to capture your favorite out-of-season nutrient-dense treats. Frozen Vegetables (spinach, green beans, butternut squash)
Frozen fruit for smoothies (strawberries, pineapple, bananas)