Some things in our lives are constants, and food, for me, is no exception. I definitely notice when one of these items is gone, struggling to thrive when the jar of my beloved peanut butter empties. Thus, I am sure to keep it in stock. Here are five kitchen “staples” I always have at my house.
5 Foods I Always Have in My Kitchen
Obviously an essential for this list! Peanut butter is a necessity for PB & Js, as well as perfect with for toast, oatmeal, and apple slices. I always have some sort of nut butter in my house, whether that’s almond, peanut, or even cashew butter. Few days go by that I don’t use one of those. Read this post about the health benefits of nuts. You can also make your own nut butters using a high-speed blender or food processor at home.
Apples, a stellar fruit for a snack! At home, I dip apple slices in peanut butter; most of the time, though, I eat apples by packing one for lunch each day. Apples are rich in vitamin C, K, and B6, as well as minerals such as potassium, copper, manganese and magnesium. They’re a great source for dietary fiber, too. As they say… an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Awesome to grab and go! Make sure to read the ingredient list on these bars, as well as the caloric value; read here are some of my favorite energy bars, such as Square, Rx, and Clean. Protein bars provide energy & protein, both can be hard to obtain with a busy schedule. Therefore, protein bars are great for when you’re in need of nutrients and don’t have time to prepare something else.
Toast! Sandwiches! Toast! Sandwiches! For the longest time I feared carbohydrates, eliminating them as much as possible. However, carbs are a stellar source of energy—You need them to keep going! Bread is an essential for morning toast and sandwiches 🙂 I love the brands Angelic, Ezekiel, and Silver Hills. Buy sprouted breads, too, as they have extra protein.
Ah, Ripple. Ripple is a plant-based milk made with pea protein. Thus, it’s vegan (dairy-free) and has protein. I drink the unsweetened kind. This milk is good for both you and the environment! Pour it in your morning (or, hey, afternoon and/or late-night) cereal, use it for this milkshake, or serve it with your meal.