Creating a Powerful Pantry


guest post by Dr Dhurga Reddy

Food inspires me.  I think about how to combine the healthiest, most nutrient-packed ingredients together in unique ways to make delicious meals and snacks, during most of my free time.  I am always up for a new recipe, and I love to eat!  When I do eat, and when I share food with new friends and my near and dear, I want to make sure that every ingredient is contributing to our health in some way.  Foods that are nutrient dense – high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, and fiber – are foods that we should be incorporating in all of our snacks and meals throughout the day.  Because after-all, we are what we eat, and if we waste our time and calories eating nutrient-poor foods  our bodies will become deficient, our enzymatic processes will slow down, our immune function will become less efficient, and we will feel tired. For some of us, a diet of nutrient-poor foods can lead to depression and chronic disease.  This month, I wanted to give you some ideas about nutrient-dense super foods to stock your pantries and fridges with so that when inspiration strikes, you have healthful ingredients

  • Chia seeds – high in omega 3’s and minerals
  • Quinoa – a grain that can be substituted for rice that is high in protein and iron
  • Almonds (and almond butter) – high in omega 3’s, Vitamin E, and fiber
  • Coconut milk and coconut oil – high in medium chain triglycerides which aid the immune system in fighting off viral infections and lowering cholesterol (coconut oil is also a great oil to cook with at high temperatures)
  • Avocados – an excellent source of highly absorbable carotenoids and healthy fats which fight inflammation
  • Kale – high in iron, folate, Vitamins A, C, K, and fiber-Blueberries – high in antioxidants
  • Salmon – high in anti-inflammatory fats
  • Apples – high in fiber, low glycemic index, extremely portable
  • Green Tea – high in antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and prevent cancer, and high in L-theanine, a nutrient known to help reduce anxiety and improve focus
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – loaded with antioxidants, and also functions as a mild appetite suppressant

If you have recipes featuring these foods, please share!

Giselle Baturay

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