There are some nutritious health foods and ingredients that every kitchen needs to make healthy cooking quicker and easier. These kitchen staples are a must whether you are trying to cook more nutritious meals for your family, or follow a healthy lifestyle for weight loss.
A kitchen stocked with the right foods makes it so much easier to put a healthy and delicious meal on the table.
Healthy food can sometimes be more expensive but there are lots of things you can do to save money. Meal planning and organisation is an important part of a cooking on a tight budget. It is so much easier to eat healthier if you have an organised kitchen stocked with everything to hand.
Online shopping is a real time and money saver if you are busy, I have added some online food shopping links that I use below.
Smart ways to reduce your shopping bill
Healthy eating is good for maintaining your weight and it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways to budget. To cut down on the cost of food try to stick to your shopping list and buy seasonal produce.
Avoid the junk food isles because these foods cause weight gain and they will also cost you your health. One of the most important food shopping tips is not to go to the supermarket when you are hungry! Especially if you are trying to lose weight.
Home cooking helps you follow a healthy lifestyle. It can also save you money. When it comes to health it is important to know what is going in to your food. Cooking larger portions and storing your food carefully will save you lots of time. It is easy to take your meal out of the freezer the night before so that you come home to a ready made home cooked meal.
Most leftovers can be kept in the fridge for a few days or frozen for a month without spoiling. Big brands often cost more so look for generic brands that still offer quality. You can buy long life whole food cupboard items in bulk online which also helps to save money.
Start meal planning
These are the healthy foods and ingredients I normally have in my kitchen because it makes it so much easier to put a nutritious meal on the table, even when I am short on time. This shopping list can be printed so you can relax with a cup of tea and plan your meals using some of these nutritious ingredients.
You can fill your fridge and your cupboards with foods from this healthy kitchen list that will help you live a healthier lifestyle and manage your weight.
Detox your kitchen
A third of food produced globally is wasted. In the UK we throw away over 6 million tonnes of food, most of which is still ediable. Before you buy any new items it is best to go through your kitchen cupboards and re-organise all your food. We often forget what we have hiding at the back of cupboards!
If you are trying to follow a healthier lifestyle, especially for weight loss. The first step is to detox your kitchen and get rid of unopened junk foods and anything ultra-processed. This includes unnatural long life foods that contain chemical emulsifiers and preservatives to increase shelf life. Most supermarkets in the UK now have a collection scheme to help cut down on food waste.
- Biscuits, cakes, chocolate, sweets
- Sugary fruit drinks, fizzy drinks
- Processed ready meals
- Vegetable cooking oils, margarine
- Packet sauces, processed condiments
The Nutritionists Healthy Kitchen List
Store Cupboard Items
- An assortment of nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
- A mix of seeds (chia, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp)
- Maple syrup and unrefined honey
- Vanilla extract
- Nut butters (cashew, peanut, almond)
- A variety of herbal teas, green tea
- Apple cider vinegar
- Red wine vinegar
- Dark chocolate
- Tinned oily fish (anchovies, salmon, sardines, mackerel)
- Rice and oat cakes
- Tinned tomatoes
- Coconut milk
Herbs & Spices
- Pink Himalayan or natural sea salt
- Black peppercorns
- Chilli powder
- Curry powder
- Mixed herbs
- Garlic granules
- Bouillon stock powder
Grains & Legumes
- Brown rice
- Rice noodles
- Jumbo rolled oats
- Brown rice or whole grain pasta
- Black beans
- Cannellini beans
- Butter beans
- Lentils (red, green, puy)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Light olive oil
- Avocado oil
Healthy Fridge Items
- Organic eggs, meat, fish
- Almond, coconut or hemp milk
- Yogurt and kefir
- Organic butter
- Mixed lettuce greens
- Salad items
- Seasonal vegetables assortment
- Seasonal fruit
- Lemons & limes
- Fresh herbs
- Onions and garlic
Healthy Freezer Items
- Mixed peppers
- Edamame beans
- Smoothie mix
- Banana slices
- Chopped onion
Organic fruit & veg box delivery
Whole foods healthy store cupboard items delivery
Use some of your store cupboard kitchen ingredients to make these delicious raw cacao energy bites for a healthy no-cook snack.