For some people eating ‘healthy’ can be a bit of a challenge and they struggle when it comes to weekly grocery shopping. So this week I want to talk about my pantry ‘staples’ that I always make sure I’m stocked up with or are on my weekly grocery list. These items are things that aren’t too expensive and you can find them easily. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard OR break the budget!
Tuna is one of my pantry staples because it is SO versatile and you can create so many dishes with it! If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that one of my favorite lunches is a tuna salad. I simply mix a large can of tuna with some baby spinach, tomato, capsicum, basil, red onion and dress it with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Tuna is a great source of protein and you can use it in literally anything from salads, sandwiches to pasta dishes!
Oats have made it onto the list because they are such a great breakfast staple! They are high in fibre, which can keep you full. It is also great for keeping your blood sugar levels steady so you don’t experience that dreaded crash you might get from a sugary breakfast. I like keeping rolled oats in my cupboard to eat them warm in the mornings, as part of my smoothies, or use them in baking recipes.
For a quick oat porridge recipe, mix 1 cup (250ml) of water or milk of choice with ½ cup (60g) of oats, microwave on high for 1-2 minutes and top with fresh fruit. Some of my favourite toppings are banana, honey and cinnamon, mixed berry, or a homemade rhubarb compote. Delish!
Greek yoghurt is another one of my favourite staples because it can be used in SO many meals regardless of whether they are sweet or savoury. I sometimes add it to my muesli, smoothies or smoothie bowls for breakfast or eat it with some fresh fruit or nuts as a snack. I also use it as a dressing for salads or to make tzatziki, which is one of my favourite dips that I use on everything!
As well as containing protein, greek yoghurt also contains probiotics, which can help promote healthy digestive and immune systems.
Chickpeas are a staple that I use to make another one of my favourite dips - hummus! I love eating hummus as a dip with some freshly chopped veggies or adding it to my to my wraps or sandwiches at lunch time.
Chickpeas also work really well in salads! They are honestly the easiest thing to add to some couscous or your salad when you are in a hurry and want some added protein and fibre.
What are some of your favourite cupboard staples? I would love to know, comment below!