Are you trying to keep your healthy eating habits on track, but always seem to accidentally veer off course? Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind, has pinpointed a big reason – it’s your pantry! Stocking your cupboard with healthy options can help you stay on the path to success! Sara gives us the 411 on her Top 7 Pantry Staples for Quick and Healthy Cooking. Armed with these essentials, it’s easy to stick to your goals. With these simple ingredients, anyone can whip up healthy and delicious meals on the fly!
Sara’s 7 Pantry Staples
1. Legumes – I love having an assortment of dried or canned beans to create a quick protein and fiber filled dish. Toss them in salads, soups, dips or even bake with them. They are loaded with cancer fighting chemicals, good for your heart, and cleans out the digestive track.
2. Herbs and Spices- Cayenne pepper helps to stimulate your metabolism, cinnamon keeps your blood sugar stabilized, turmeric anti-inflammatory, ginger eases digestion, sea salt, dried thyme, mint and rosemary for lots of flavor.
3. Pistachio Chewy Bites, Raw Nuts and Seeds – Nuts are my go to for a quick, healthy snack. I love chopping up Pistachio Chewy Bites and adding them to my salads and quinoa to make a simple dish into a fabulous, tasty one you can serve yourself or even at your next dinner party.
4. Whole Grains-Quinoa, Brown Rice, Millet and Oats – take the lead for naturally gluten-free grains that give you protein and fiber giving you quick energy and fiber to keep you full.
5. Low Sodium Organic Broth – either Chicken or Vegetable. Create quick soups, use for light sauteing, or even to cook your whole grains in. Adds taste without adding in calories.
6. Heart Healthy Oils – my favorites are Extra Virgin Olive Oil- to use in dressings or light sauteing, Coconut Oil for high heat and a hint of flavor and Grapeseed Oil for high heat with neutral flavor.
7. Dark Chocolate – dark chocolate covered nuts are fantastic for satisfying your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar. The nuts help to slow down the absorption of sugar, keeping your blood sugar levels even.
Sara Siskind is a Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara and is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature “toss it in” approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.