Five of My Pantry Must-Haves

There are a few things that I always keep stocked in my pantry that helps add nutrient density to any snack or meal. Here are my top 5 pantry must-haves.

  1. Coffee.  Well, I suppose this can’t be added to just about everything but it is definitely my number one pantry staple :P. Everyone thinks Naturopathic Doctors will take their coffee away, but for the right people, coffee can be just fine and actually contains antioxidants in addition to that lovely aroma. I opt for organic because it is traditionally highly sprayed with pesticides.
  2. Natural peanut butter.  I suppose this isn’t a pantry item either (I store this in the fridge). Peanut butter literally makes everything taste better and gives a good source of fat to help you feel fuller longer.  I throw it in my smoothies, oatmeal, curries, on a slice of bread, or as a dip for my apple. You could of course substitute any other nut butter here as well.
  3. Ground flaxseed.  Ground flax is a source of omega 3’s, fibre, and lignans.  I find they work really well for helping with bowel regularity. I add 1-2 tbsp to smoothies, yogurt, or any baking that I do.  Make sure to store it in the freezer as the fat goes rancid fast!
  4. Extra virgin olive oil.  Olive oil is a heart-friendly oil that is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and contains Vitamin E and K. It is an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet because of its antioxidant properties.  I use olive oil for any low-heat cooking, drizzle it on veggies, or often make a salad dressing using it and vinegar of choice for salads or dipping baguettes!
  5. Hemp seeds. My last pantry staple. Hemp seeds are a good source of fat and protein. I’ll often sprinkle them on top of salads, smoothie bowls, pancakes, or with peanut butter, banana and toast.

What are your pantry staples? What would you add to the list?

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