Yesterday after work, I passed by some shops to pick up my “Superfood Essentials”. Since I started to incorporate more Superfoods into my diet, I like to make sure to keep my pantry stocked with some of the must-have items that can be easily be stored – and most importantly – are super versatile and can be easily combined into many kind of dishes.
So for those of you who would like to get started to ensure you get enough Superfoods in your diet, following could maybe work as a recommendation or inspiration for your shopping list:
Pantry items with a long shelf life:
- Quinoa: I usually have them in different colors, white, red, black – as they are really versatile and they look pretty combined
- Chia Seeds: the amazing wonder seed, easily to be added to any dish you prepare (e.g. salads, soups, cereals)
- Flaxseeds: like Chia seeds, easily to be sprinkled over any dish or mixed into your favorite dish
- Brown Rice: the healthy for substitute for white rice
- Millet: like all the above, a versatile grain to be used as a side dish, to be added into mixes, etc.
- Walnuts: healthy Superfood snack, also perfect to be added to cereals and salads
- Coconut flakes: coconut tastes fantastic and there are fantastic things you can do with it
- Buckwheat noodles: you can either buy them dry (like spaghetti) or I also found a pre-cooked soba noodle version – they are great for soups or any fried noodle dish
- Beans: I get them in cans, as they take really long to cook otherwise, there are tons of varieties, black beans, pinto, etc.
- Frozen vegetables: Broccoli and peas are great frozen and quickly ready to be used for any meal
- Olive oil: must-have helper in the kitchen, to fry, make salad dressing, etc.
- Coconut oil: one of the healthy oils too, and as a nice side-effect, it has a wonderful smell
- Wholegrain Pancake Mix: it’s not a Superfood itself – but a perfect base for many dishes that contain Superfoods
- Agave nectar: easy to use and a healthy alternative to sugar
Vegetables, Fruits & Dairy products (fresh items, but you can usually keep for a couple of days):
- Tomatoes: they are probably just the most versatile thing you can have in your kitchen, for salads, soups, in a sauce, etc.
- Greek Yoghurt: amazing tasting and very versatile too, and of course fantastic breakfast item!
- Tofu: there are quite a variety of tofu types, the silken one is great for soups, the firm one is great for stir-fry dishes
- Eggs: great source of protein and one of my most favorite ingredients and applicable for so many recipes
- Avocados: contain healthy fats and just taste fantastic in salads or as a guacamole
- Kiwis: great for fruits salads or on their own as a snack
Well, the list could go on, but for me personally – being still at the beginning of my Superfood-journey – this would be a good start. Okay then, happy buying and cooking!