One of my mantras for a healthy lifestyle is "cook your own food as much as you can". I talk about this all the time. You can even read the 5 reasons to cook your own food on this blog post here and get inspired to make the kitchen your favorite place.
But I also know when you are not used to cooking, doubts will start coming like crazy and big chances are to end up not cooking and for sure, you'll be frustrated with yourself.
So please, go baby steps! That means you won't be a healthy chef tomorrow if you don't know how to cook an egg. You won't start eating healthy if you are used to junk food on a daily basis. Changes need to gradually enter in your life. Accept this and you will succeed with any change you want to do in your lifestyle.
With this in mind, I decided to create a basic healthy pantry and fridge checklists to help you start little by little applying those changes into your life and routine.
Take a look and see what resonates with you and what you can start changing now:
Basic Healthy Pantry Checklist
Sea salt (any sea salt to replace the table salt poor in nutrients). I use this Pink Himalayan salt here.
A variety of nuts, preferable unsalted ones. But you can also get the sea salt ones. I like to have for snacks and to use for recipes. Cashews, almonds (specially the sliced ones), pistachios, macadamias, walnuts...
A variety of spices. Black pepper, ginger powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian herbs, chili flakes, cumin, paprika, cream of tartar. These are my basic ones!
A good protein powder to use in shakes and bowls. I like the one that is made of bone broth, that way you can also use for soups. Buy my favorite one here.
Grains like rice, grits and quinoa.
Beans and lentils.
A yum and healthy granola for a quick breakfast or even as a dessert. Buy my favorite here!
Baking powder (try to find a non-gmo) and baking soda.
Coconut milk in a can, full fat. I use in tons of recipes! :) Buy here!
Coconut aminos to replace soy sauce. Buy here!
Basic Healthy Fridge and Produce Checklist
A non-dairy milk - I like coconut milk and my favorite is this one.
Butter and/or Ghee butter
Garlic and onion
A variety of vegetables and fruits
I hope these two basic checklists can help you start organizing your life to make homemade cooking part of your routine. If you need more help get my FREE weekly menu planning here.