onesmartcookie wrote:I'm curious to know what's in your pantry right now. I know I have opportunities! What are some of your key staples.
Dried Lentils. Brown.
You can also try:
- red lentils
- french lentils
- whole wheat couscous
Egg Noodles. (They're on their way out)
to be replaced or eliminated? Try: whole wheat pasta, soy pasta or spaghetti squash
excellent - I have 3 varieties of it, sweet brown, long grain and short grain. All taste different.
White kidney beans.
canned or dried? try moving towards more dried. Takes more thinking ahead but isn't much work really. You just soak them in water overnight - cook them for an hour (beans vary) - then put into recipes.
I also have:
- chick peas (use these for hummus)
- black beans (Asian and regular ones)
- black eyes peas
- fava beans
- aduki beans
- split peas
- red beans
- kidney beans
Organic Blueberry Bars.
Canned tuna and salmon
what are the bars? check what's in them? just because it's organic doesn't mean its good for you.
- anything processed will be acidic - bars like that are processed
tuna and salmon - in water or oil?
- I use tuna sometimes. There will be a recipe on the blog for pasta sauce with tuna soon
I buy Ryvita crackers too, also:
- manna bread in my freezer
- almond butter
- dried figs, dates, apricots (but I'm a sugar burner, is not good for a fat burner - need to know which you are)
- raw almonds
- other nuts like walnuts, cashews (sparingly), raw pumpkin seeds (refridgerate), sunflower seeds (raw unsalted), flax seeds (keep in fridge) sesame seeds, hemp hearts (fridge)
Polenta cooked and prepared - or cornmeal?
Canned lentil soup
I try to use as much not in cans as possible. If getting canned for convenience - check for sugar, salt and preservatives content. They are a better choice than say hamburger and fries - but if you can make your own, that's the next step.
- make sure oysters aren't in oil
- check rice milk for sugar content - get the unsweetened ones or almond milk (is naturally sweeter)
- pickles can be okay but watch out because they are very acid forming in the body. If you are already toxic (you are if you have arthritis) they will not support you in healing. When you are stronger and healthier then in moderation have a few - but if you want to get more alkaline and heal I'd skip them.
- do you cook it in the microwave? how much fibre does it have? added sugar or salt?
- instant is highly processed (precooked) which kills many nutrients, then the microwave kills the rest - if that is what you have now you aren't feeding yourself much except fibre - so eat the box and it is the same for nutrients.
- a better choice is regular oatmeal - or even better is steal cut oats - better yet is the whole grain cooked.
- I buy the Red Mills 8 grain hot cereal - has no wheat, is great. Ready in 15 minutes
for cooking? go fresh when you can get it for any produce. I buy very little canned fruits/veggies or anything really. Tomatoes, tomato paste and the odd can of beans to use in a panic.
Whole wheat pasta
what kind of sauce? I do buy one jar of organic stuff - watch the salt and sugar in them.
- check the pasta for how many grams of fibre. a good whole wheat one should be at least 6-8 grams per serving (make sure is a realistic serving size too, that's how they trick you lots of times) check ingredients for white flour or "enriched" flour which is also white flour. They can call it "whole wheat" if they use some only - doesn't have to be all whole wheat. watch for tricks.
these are VERY bad! they are made with LARD! get rid of these - get some black beans or red beans instead. Dried is better.
haven't heard of either of these
- I pretty much got rid of all boxed cereals - I eat plain granola and the Mills hot cereal, or cook whole grains
- wasabi peas good
- ketchup, watch for sugar and salt - it's high in both unless you get one from Planet organic. all condiments are processed and therefore acidic though. watch for that too.
- microwave popcorn - no nutritive value, microwave kills whatever there was, corn turns to sugar quickly - if buttered is high bad fats too. stick with your peas for snack or raw almonds or carrots for crunch.
I'm looking for some healthy ideas for spices. Help?
pretty much ANY spice or herb is healthy. I have tonnes of spices including:
- curry powder
- dried chili pepper flakes
- fresh black pepper corns
- garam masala
- chinse 5 spice powder
- dried mustard
- mustard seeds
- cayenne pepper
- cajun spices
I often also buy fresh herbs like: mint, basil, parsely, cilantro
I also use: Braggs amino (liquid soy), apple cider vinegar, Udo's oil, olive oil, sesame oil, chili paste, hot sauce (Louisiana), lemon/lime juice (fresh squeezed when I have them).