Healthy Kitchen Essentials

I honestly believe that having a healthy kitchen is key to a healthy diet, whenever I have any temptation lying in my fridge (I’m looking at you Cathedral City!) my diet always goes downhill. So now I make sure that I’m fully stocked with healthy food at all times so it’s a lot easier to stick to my healthy eating plan. I want to share with you my healthy kitchen essentials, hopefully it’ll help you stick to a healthy lifestyle too!

Healthy Kitchen Essentials

Fridge/Freezer Chicken Breasts – Perfect for curries, stews and stir frys, low fat and high in protein.Whole Chicken – Roast it with vegetables then use the leftovers for sandwiches, salads or soups.Yoghurt – I always keep some natural low fat yoghurt (watch the sugar content) and the Total 0% fat, I love having them with frozen berries.Milk – For scrambled eggs, tea and cereal.Eggs – High in protein and a natural fast food, I love scrambled eggs for breakfast.Parmesan – Perfect for adding lots of flavour to pasta without having to use much, I go for 5g-10g.Light Mozzarella – Great for salads and pasta dishes.Light Feta – Very versatile with salads, falafel, roasted veg and sandwiches.Frozen Prawns – Very low calorie, perfect for making a quick curry or stir fry.Frozen White Fish – Add lemon juice and garlic for a really simple midweek meal.Frozen Berries – So good for adding to yoghurt, very handy to have for a quick dessert or snack.Frozen Vegetables – I normally keep peas and spinach, the spinach is great for adding to stews. Store CupboardWraps/Pitta/Muffins – I have an English muffin with my eggs in the morning, but wraps or pitta are great for a quick dinner. Freeze them to keep the freshness.Ryvitas – Great for a quick snack, spread with avocado or peanut butter.Tinned tomatoes – Essential for curries, stews and soups.Chickpeas – Couldn’t live without, great protein source, I use in everything – salads, soups, curries & stews!Butter Beans – Good alternative to chickpeas, lovely with roasted veggies and feta.Lentils – Great to bulk up stews, cheap protein source.Pasta – I like to keep penne and orzo, orzo is awesome in soups and salads.Rice – Essential if you are a curry lover like me!Couscous – Great for salads, takes 5 minutes to make, perfect fast food.Nuts – Get the natural sort, no roasted and salted! I like brazils and walnuts.Peanut Butter – Awesome for a snack if you are in a hurry, just stick to a tablespoon.High Fiber Cereal – Great for a quick breakfast, I like the mini shredded wheats but weetabix and bran flakes are good too.Olive Oil – For cooking and drizzling over salads.Sesame Oil – A must have for a stir fry, gives so much flavour.Herbal Teas – I’m a massive fan of herbal teas, I keep peppermint, berry, green tea with mint, green tea with ginger and green tea with lemon at all times. Fruits & Vegetables Onions – Basic of so many dishes, couldn’t be without.Garlic – Adds so much flavour, essential for any Asian, Southern American or Souther European dishes.Ginger – A must for Asian dishes, so good for you too.Lemons – Great for quick marinades or adding to tea/hot water.Tomatoes – Lovely in salads but best for roasting, add a little chili flakes and enjoy with chicken or feta. We get through 10’s a week!Peppers – So versatile, I use them in everything, salads, curries, stews and roasted. A must have.Courgette – Perfect for roasting.Broccoli – Super healthy vegetable, I love mine with spicy chicken and wedges.Mushrooms – Quick breakfast or lovely in a wrap with other veggies and feta.Potato/Sweet Potato – I do try and keep my potato intake to a minimum but I still love them chipped and roasted in a little olive oil.Spinach – Great for salads, more taste and good stuff compared to normal salad leaves.Kale – Good in stir frys, with pasta or in stews.Avocado – Amazing on ryvitas, in salads or just munch on for a snack.Basil – A must for salads and pasta dishes, keep a live plant to save money.Coriander – For a curry lover an essential, also good with Mexican food.Bananas – Great snack that really fills you up.Berries – Whatever is on offer, low calorie and a great snack.SpicesChilli Flakes – If you like your food spicy! Saves chopping fresh chilies, I add to everything.Cumin Seeds – Lovely base for curries and good in Mexican and Moroccan dishes.Ground Cumin – Same as above!Ground Coriander – Very versatile spice, couldn’t be without it.Turmeric – Essential for curries, gives that lovely yellow colour to food.Curry Powder – Great for a curry in a hurry!Paprika – Smoked is great for a strong flavour fast, add to chili’s and Spanish dishes.Dried Oregano – Essential for Spanish/Greek foods, lovely in tomato sauce.5 Spice Powder – Great for rubbing over chicken breasts for low calorie flavour.Salt and Black Pepper – Adds flavour to the simplest of dishes.