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39 Things I Keep Stocked At All Times

39 Things I Keep Stocked At All Times

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If you are looking to eliminate chemicals, preservatives, food colorings, laboratory created ingredients, etc., this list will help you stock up your pantry so that you can pretty much make any healthy meal you want whether it be paleo, gluten-free, clean eating, vegan, vegetarian, low-glycemic, etc.

I personally don’t label myself as paleo , gluten-free, vegetarian, etc. when it comes to my eating habits. My goal is to eat whole foods meaning the least ingredients the better, the least chemicals and preservatives the better. I try to maximize the nutritional value of everything I eat. I am more concerned with reducing chemicals than calories.

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By being more concerned with reducing and/or eliminating chemicals from the food I consume, I naturally eat healthier, more nutritious foods and in turn allowing my body to absorb it’s necessary nutrients. When my body has what it needs nutritionally, I’m not constantly hungry and tempted to snack all the time leading to weight gain. In fact, a side effect of eating this way has helped me lose weight and keep it off. Just from eating, imagine that.

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My husband and I are big time label readers. We read almost every single label on what we purchase at the grocery store. It took more time at first but now that we know which products are better for us, without chemicals, preservatives, gmo’s, etc, it doesn’t take as long anymore.

For example, the bread we eat only has 5 ingredients. Take a look at the list of chemicals in the bread you currently have in your pantry. Yikes, right? All those chemicals we ingest disrupt the way the body processes it’s required nutrients and functions. The liver and the rest of the organs have to work overtime to try to process these foreign chemicals that do not have any nutritional value. Over time this can lead to cancers and illnesses.

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In eating this way, I happen to have a lot of ingredients that just happen to fall into the paleo and gluten-free world. I’ve realized lately that when it’s time to try a new healthy recipe, I usually have all of the ingredients in the pantry already. So that means I only need to worry about picking up the fresh organic ingredients.

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So I put together a list for you of the staple items I keep around the house. I stocked my “healthy ingredient arsenal” little by little because some items are more expensive than others but you can find good deals at Costco or Amazon. Every time I went to the grocery store I would just pick up a thing or two until I was satisfied with my stock.

Most of the ingredients go a long way so it’s not like you will be purchasing all of these items on a regular basis. There are some items that I do purchase more frequently like coconut oil (I use it for beauty products as well as cooking), raw honey, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut flour, and quinoa (lots and lots of quinoa).

{ I purchase organics every single time if it’s available, even spices. If I can’t find organic I will at least make sure it’s non-GMO }

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Perfectly Healthy Cookie

PERFECTLY HEALTHY COOKIE

Healthy cookie you say?  That is really hard to find in a store and foods with labels tend to have too many ingredients for my taste.  The fewer ingredients, the better, always.  It’s a good thing healthy is really easy to make.

I use the term “cookie” loosely because these can be had for breakfast, after school snacks, energy bars, post workout snack, on-the-go treats for the kiddies, etc.

Peep these benefits:

  • No added sugar
  • No flour
  • No eggs
  • Contains protein
  • Contains fiber
  • Vegan
  • Can be made gluten-free with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oatmeal.  Bob’s tests for gluten down to 20 parts per million. Make sure you purchase only gluten-free labeled oatmeal, Bob’s has several that are not gluten-free.

Those benefits alone are reason enough to try these. A couple tips before you get started:

  • The riper your bananas are, the sweeter your cookies will be.  I used ‘just ripe’ bananas just because I couldn’t wait to make these but you might want to wait until your nanas are a bit more ripe.  Although mine turned out mildly sweet, its your preference really.
  • These cookies don’t spread on the cookie sheet unlike cookies made with eggs and flour.  You can place them really close to each other.
  • I would typically look for the ‘brown around the edges’ sign of being done when making other cookies but not with these.  They don’t get that brown.  I found that 23 minutes was perfect for a full sheet of cookies though.

Enough previews, let’s get to the show already!

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Use organic whenever possible

Perfectly Healthy Cookie
 
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No sugar, flour, eggs or dairy. Vegan, fiber and protein included. Can also be made gluten-free!
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Recipe type: Snack
: Vegan
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas (the more ripe, the sweeter the cookie will be)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not the quick cook kind)
  • ⅓ cup no sugar-added applesauce
  • ¼ cup almond milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
  2. In a large bowl, mash up those nanas. Mash them up good.
  3. Whisk in vanilla and cinnamon. Whisking will help add more oxygen to the bananas helping them to ripen and sweeten up even more.
  4. Whisk in applesauce and almond milk. Whisk for a good minute or two to help everything get smoother.
  5. Add oats and raisins, mix well.
  6. Put drops on parchment paper or non-stick pan.
  7. Bake for 20 - 23 minutes.

 

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Side note: While these were baking I wanted to use up my ingredients for another ricotta and spinach stuffed mushroom so I got everything ready so I could use the oven when the cookies were done.

The first batch of cookies came out and of course I had to test them so I had one.  Then I had another.  Then I decided a cup of coffee would go great with them so I made a cuppa joe and put in the second batch of cookies.

Second batch done and I tested yet another cookie.  Then I put away all of the mushroom ingredients because I wasn’t hungry any longer and would have to save them for later today.

Needless to say, these cookies are filling and satisfying.  Not to mention healthy!  Eat up!

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Even if you added chocolate chips or a tablespoon of brown sugar, you are still making an incredibly healthy treat.

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