8 Foods To Keep In Your Kitchen If You Want To Be Healthy

Written by Nykki Hardin

If you want to make it easy for you and and your family to eat healthy, start by making sure your kitchen is stocked with nutritious staples for quick snacks and meals

Below are 8 kitchen staples to stay on track in any situation.

1. Bragg's liquid aminos

Skip the soy sauce and reach for Braggs. Most soy sauce is filled with highly processed ingredients, many of them have been genetically modified. It's also loaded with sodium. Braggs is a great organic alternative and is rich with amino acids and naturally occurring sodium.

2. Coconut aminos

Similar to Braggs, this is only slightly sweet, making it a great alternative to teriyaki sauce. Teriyaki sauce is loaded with sugar and additives that are VERY addictive. Coconut Aminos, on the other hand, are made from coconuts, filled with amino acids, organic, slightly sweet, and super yummy.

3. Organic, raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is truly a magical food that's a great alternative to almost all other oils. It has been shown to enhance brain function, increase energy expenditure, and much more. It may even reduce your appetite. When I crave a sweet in the evening, I will have two teaspoons of coconut oil instead and it works like a charm every time.

4. Organic liquid stevia

Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar is the problem – it throws everything out of whack. This even applies to “natural” sugars like honey and agave because they have the same effect on the body. Avoid this by using organic liquid stevia instead. It's great for sweetening beverages and treats and for baking. Avoid the packets as most contain mystery ingredients like dextrose or other chemicals. (And if you're trying to quit sugar, here are some tips.)

5. Organic almond butter

Organic almond butter is a great snack! It's slightly sweet, and filled with protein and healthy fats, which are essential for high brain functioning! Pair it with apples, and celery for some added fiber!

6. Organic nuts & seeds

Move over potato chips! Load up on organic almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds instead! They're an awesome snack; the healthy fats and the fiber will help you feel full longer. They're also great additions to meals; toss them in salads and cooked dishes for added flavor and texture.

7. Fresh organic ginger root

If you only have one fresh herb in your house, let it be ginger root. This food is not only delicious and flavorful, but it's one of the healthiest things we can put in our body! Ginger is great at fighting inflammation, the root of ALL dis-ease. It is also great for soothing an upset tummy, GI problems, colds, joint pain, menstrual cramps, you name it! Grate it on top of a salad, chop it an add to any cooked dish, simmer it to make a tea, or juice it for maximum benefits!

8. Organic quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods we can put in our body, as it's loaded with protein, fiber, iron, and amino acids. Technically it's a seed, but quinoa is a great compliment to any meal. Skip the bread and pasta, and get creative by integrating this powerhouse into your meal planning. Plus, it cooks in no time making it very easy and convenient…(No planning required!)

What about you? What essentials do you keep in your kitchen, to set yourself up for success?

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