Why Should you always have these on hand?
There are many reasons to keep the above in your home. One is that it will make you more likely to eat healthy. That's because these foods have been shown to help people lose weight, lower bad cholesterol levels and improve blood sugar control. Another reason is they're inexpensive staples that store well for a long time so you can buy them when they're on sale or even grow some of them yourself! You'll also find there are few ingredients needed for each dish which means less clean up after cooking!
The healthiest food staples can be found at most grocery stores and all it takes is just a little creativity to use them in new ways! So get creative with your kitchen today by stocking up on these foods and see how much healthier
10 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen
Broccoli Sprouts and/or Kale
Canned Tuna with Water or Olive Oil
Bananas or Berries (some of the healthiest fruits)
You don't have to be a chef or work in the kitchen all day long to create delicious, nutritious and healthy meals. All you need are these 10 "staples" that will help you make better food choices every time you're at the grocery store or in your kitchen.
Quick and easy food is all that most people want. If you find yourself constantly craving fast food, think about what you're eating and why. Take a second to look at the foods you are eating on a regular basis. Find out if they include sugar or other types of additives. If so, cut down on them gradually to see if it makes a difference in the cravings. Experiment with good fats like Omega-3s from fish and nuts instead of animal products or saturated fats like those found in mayonnaise or butter. It doesn't take much effort; just add these foods into your diet slowly to see if it helps you make better food choices!
3 Easy Recipes Using These Kitchen Staples
Recipe 1: Kale Chips
- 3 cups of kale leaves
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil or other fat
- salt and pepper to taste
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and tear kale leaves into small pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Toss until all leaves are coated. Spread in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool before handling. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Recipe 2: Hummas
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (soaked overnight)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup tahini or other nut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Juice of half a lemon (or more)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Put softened chickpeas in blender and puree until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again for about 5 minutes, until creamy. Serve with pita chips or crudités!
Recipe 3: Broccoli Sprouts and Sweet Potato Hash
- 6 cups of steamed broccoli sprouts (or any type) served over 4 cups cooked sweet potato hash
Options: Use olive instead of coconut oil, add red pepper to sweet potato recipe, use any other cooked greens like spinach, kale or chard.
1. Steam broccoli sprouts for 5-7 minutes until tender but still firm (they will cook more in the oven). Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and sauté sweet potatoes and salad onions until golden brown, stirring frequently, about 10-15 minutes (may need to add a bit of water if mixture is sticking). Remove from heat and set aside half of the mixture unto plate or serving dish.
3. Spread remaining sweet potato hash on bottom of baking sheet that's been covered with parchment paper or silicone mat sprayed with cooking spray(To prevent things from sticking!). Spread cooled broccoli sprouts on top of sweet potatoes.
4. Bake in 400-degree oven for 5 minutes or until broccoli is lightly browned and tender crisp (time varies depending on how thick you slice your broccoli). Serve topped with dressing of choice.
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