Ditch the crap ...
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Every success starts with ACTION. The simple act of doing.
I know it’s often easy to procrastinate and over-think things but instead of talking and thinking about what you could achieve “wouldn’t it be great if…” let’s get started and take those first steps towards living a healthy, fit and happy life.
I get it asked all the times so I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of my beloved pantry staples. I wish to encourage and inspire you to clear out some of the clutter in your cupboard and make room for the real goodness.
Maca root powder
One of my favorite superfoods to improve energy and stamina. I add it to my breakfast smoothie and I add it in my waffle mix. Maca root powder is high in carbs and rich in a number of nutrients, including vitamin C, copper and iron. It also contains many bioactive plant compounds.
“Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive. It's also claimed to improve energy and stamina.”
Being Belgian cacao nibs are very close to my heart. Cacao nibs have all the benefits of eating dark chocolate, without the added sugar. They are high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, and contain the same mood-boosting chemicals and lipids that make a bar of dark chocolate so darn satisfying.
I not only eat oats for breakfast, I also add them to homemade crackers, muffins, smoothies, and even crumble toppings on savory dishes. They are versatile, widely available and inexpensive. I often make flour out of rolled oats just by blending them in my food processor. They make some delicious nourishing waffles and contain high amounts of protein, fiber, and B-vitamins, too.
“Rolled Oats contain high amounts of protein, fiber, and B-vitamins, perfect to start the day right”
I can’t believe I ever lived without these miraculous little seeds! Chia seeds are packed with essential fats, protein and fiber, they are easy to add to foods since they do not have a strong taste, and their shelf-life is extremely long so I can buy them in bulk to save money. I like to make my own strawberry jam with them, add them to my smoothies, and use them to replace eggs in baking (1 Tbsp. chia seeds + 3 Tbsp. water = 1 egg replacement).
Whole grains Brown rice, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat are just a few of the myriad of whole grains I keep in my pantry at all times. They’re simple to cook and easy to incorporate into many meals throughout the day. I like to cook a large pot at the beginning of the week to use in everything from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between.
"Look for dark maple syrup that is often labeled Grade B – this type has been harvested later in the season, has a richer maple taste, and contains the most minerals."
Maple Syrup During my second pregnancy and in preparation for a natural birth I started my zero-sugar diet journey but as a sweet tooth I just craved some sweetness like all the time. Maple Syrup came to the rescue and ever since it stayed a staple at our home. I add it to dressings to balance acidity; sauces, soups and stews, smoothies and of course to sweet breakfast dishes like porridge and pancakes. Look for dark maple syrup that is often labeled Grade B – this type has been harvested later in the season, has a richer maple taste, and contains the most minerals.
Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in India and is commonly used today. It’s made by boiling unsalted butter and straining it to remove the lactose.
This creates a cooking fat with a very high smoke point, since it is the lactose (milk sugars) that burn when you heat butter to a high temperature. Although you can purchase ghee in a store, it is super easy to make at home, and tastes absolutely incredible when you make it yourself. The bonus? You can store it outside of the fridge for three to four months without it spoiling.
I use large Mason Jars in my pantry for storing. It keeps the cupboards nice and tidy all while providing a good oversight. Add a little label on top and done.
Over to you.
Lots of love,