Keeping my kitchen well-stocked is the best way for me to stay on track nutritionally. Having healthy food on hand encourages good decision-making, provides me with the right kind of nutrients to power through my busy days at Love Wellness, and in a slightly OCD-esque way, it helps me feel like I’ve got my life together.
I often get asked in interviews and by friends what I like to have on hand, and I find it’s helpful to break down these items into categories, just like the grocery store does. I keep both frozen foods and fresh on hand because neither really reigns supreme when it comes to nutritional value.
Let’s start with snacks, because duh, everyone loves snacks.
100% Organic Seaweed Sheets
At 120 calories per serving, this salty treat comes from the sea. The sodium levels are really reasonable however, and you get like 30+ seaweed sheets to munch on. Love!
Roasted Almond, Coconut, Hemp Seed Mix
I make this mix of almonds, coconut shavings, and hemp seeds at home. Just bake raw almonds (no oil required) until brown in a 350 degree oven and combine with coconut shavings and hemp seeds that you’ve browned on the stove-top in a non-stick pan.
Yes, this could fall under fruit but since tangerines are available seasonally (well, all fruit is seasonal but you know what I mean) this gets classified as a snack. Just unpeel and enjoy the bright flavors!
Salt-Free Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
I’m not a total snack psycho, you guys. Everyone needs a satisfying crunch now and again. I love a salt-free blue corn tortilla chip because they’re low-sodium, don’t have a ton of ingredients, and are gluten-free.
I’ve just been introduced to this celery juice thing many notable wellness gurus are into. It comes from the Medical Medium and is believed to help relieve many symptoms of auto-immune disorders.
Arugula, or “rocket” is my fave type of green. Crunchy, peppery, and good raw or slightly wilted paired with just about anything you can imagine. I love adding arugula to a grain bowl with a poached egg and Sriracha.
My favorite way to devour cucumbers? Sliced quite thin on a mandolin and drenched in white wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Organic Broccoli (frozen)
I keep bags of broccoli on hand in my freezer. Perfect for soups, roasting, and raw in salads.
I gobble these up regularly as they have a high fiber content and taste so darn good. You can smash them onto toast or pop them into your mouth whole. Either way, they’re my faves.
Because of the thick peel, you don’t need to buy organic bananas. I’m obsessed with eating a banana with a nice slice of sharp cheddar cheese.
Organic Blueberries (fresh and frozen)
Fresh blueberries are my favorite late-night snack, especially the tart ones! Frozen are perfect for mixing into yogurt or cereal.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I cook a lot of savory foods and love extra virgin olive oil – a healthy oil you can eat everyday.
Discovering clarified butter in culinary school a few years ago was so life-changing. It’s the flavor of butter with few milk solids. Try slowly frying eggs in a ton of ghee for the tastiest breakfast of your life.
A classic herb added to the base of most savory dishes.
I use parsley stems to flavor every soup I make.
Organic Bay Leaves
I love to throw in 3-4 bay leaves in most sauces.
Homemade mint tea comes from organic mint leaves and is such a delicious and impressive treat.
I cook up a pound or two of turkey every week and eat it with everything: veggies, beans, grains. Try it!
Wild-caught Shrimp (frozen)
I keep a bag of wild-caught shrimp in my freezer all the time. The shrimp defrost in a minute or two under cool, running water making them the perfect item to keep frozen. You can grab a few, and bam, it’s lunch.
If you’re looking for a kitchen refresh I hope this list is helpful for you! I love discovering new foods and ingredients and would love to know what some of your healthy staples are. Let me know in the comments.