Top 10 for the PANTRY

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Here you will find a few staple items that you will ALWAYS find in my pantry. (From top to bottom, left to right)

  • Organic Maple Syrup My go-to forever sweetener. High in antioxidants and regulates blood sugar levels. I add a squeeze to my iced coffee, matcha, tonics, teas and all the baking goods.

  • Pressed Coconut Water Packed with natural electrolytes, low in calories and high in magnesium, antioxidants and amino acids. Not to mention the best source of hydration.

  • Nutritional Yeast If you ever want to add a little dash of nutty, cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast packs the perfect punch. I use this vitamin and mineral packed good to sprinkle on salads, eggs, bowls and not to mention, a seriously delicious “cheeze” sauce for pasta (*recipe coming soon)

  • Miracle Rice is made from the root of the konjac plant, and has been enjoyed in Japan for over 1,400 years. MR is made of a highly viscous, soluble fiber that moves through your digestive system slowly, helping you to feel full, by slowing down your absorption of glucose, helping your blood sugar even out so you won’t have spikes of energy and exhaustion. I came across this actual miracle a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. MR is the perfect base for any flavor. From Italian risotto like dishes to shrimp fried rice, this has become a staple in our home.

  • Banza Chickpea Pasta Okay, now enter the holy grail. High fiber, low carb and 25G of protein, this gem is a real game changer. This delicious pasta sub is made from chickpeas, which as you will see below, pack a serious health punch. I always have a few boxes on hand for last minute Italian nights, an indulgent “cheeze” dish or even, a simple, cold, vinaigrette pasta salad to have on hand for lunch.

  • Garbanzo/Chickpea Beans (low sodium) Packed with vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, choline, and selenium. Besides being an excellent vegan and gluten-free source of protein and fiber, chickpeas also contain exceptional levels of iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. Make yourself some seriously easy hummus, cold salads and fry them up for an added crunch to any dish.

  • Almond Butter Eating almonds is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin E and helps lower cholesterol. Even a small serving of almond butter contains a generous amount of magnesium-which boosts heart health by promoting healthy blood circulation, oxygen, and nutrients. I add a spoonful to protein shakes, on toast with chia and flax seeds or in my protein “phat balls” (*recipe coming soon)

  • Organic Dates These little dried fruits are packed with fiber, antioxidants and are extremely helpful to balance blood sugar levels. Dates are my favorite way to naturally sweeten a dish. I use dates as the crust for the majority of my GF desserts, in shakes or even as a little sweet treat after dinner.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar is the one stop cure all. From lowering blood pressure, helping maintain a healthy weight, to clearing acne, heartburn and fighting bacteria, a tablespoon of this miracle liquid is a must in all pantries. Often, I will simply take a spoonful of ACV if my body is in need of a little extra boost of TLC. I also make the majority of my salad dressings with ACV, dijon, honey, lemon and EVOO.

  • Organic Bone Broth can help relieve joint pain, detoxify the liver, prevent aging skin, support digestive health, balance hormones, increase energy, strengthen bones, improve quality of sleep and boost immune function. Pretty dang good huh? Bone Broth can be purchased as a powder or liquid form, depending on your pref! The best and easiest way to consume this magical liquid is simply heating and drinking. But, for those of you who don’t feel like drinking a cup of “thanksgiving,” simply add a cup to sauces, tonics or soups- easy peasy!

Ellyse Bollinger