8 Healthy Ingredients
You Should Always Have
in Your Kitchen
By Luanne Arevalo
How’s the “new year, new me” project going? If you’re still keeping to your health resolutions food-wise, then good on you! Here’s to making it all the way to the end of the year committed to your diet. For those who are struggling to recover from the holiday pig-outs, ah, we feel you! We’re still not over the ham-queso de bola combo, but alas, it is time for us to turn over a new leaf and start (or go back to) eating healthier.
One way to make this happen is by stocking up on healthy ingredients in your kitchen. Having easy access to these types of food would lessen the possibility of you ordering takeout or mindlessly binging on the unhealthy stuff you have in your pantry.
We’ve prepared a quick reference on eight healthy ingredients you should stock up on – apart from the usual fruits and vegetables of course –to help you get a head start on your health goals:
1. Ground chicken
It’s an easy solution to your hunger as it cooks quite fast and needs minimal ingredients to whip up a delicious dish. Saute garlic and onions, add the ground chicken, season with salt, pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add a sunny side up egg and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed meal. You can also use ground chicken rice bowls, tacos, chicken meatballs and chicken burgers.
A well-flavored dish can satisfy your palate and keep you from craving more food. An ingredient like garlic definitely amps up the flavor of different dishes, and you won’t even have to worry about unhealthy fats. Use it when stir-frying or sautéing, for basic pasta dishes, or for marinades.
Among the many condiments out there, mustard is actually one of the healthier ones because it’s low in calories and carbohydrates, has no added sugar, and is said to have cancer-fighting properties. Use it in sandwiches, for making salad dressings, or for marinating salmon, pork, or chicken. A word of caution though: it’s high in sodium so make sure to watch the serving – not that you would need a lot for the flavor to come out anyway.
Yes, oatmeal. It’s not exactly the most exciting thing to eat, but it’s got so many health benefits that this list won’t be complete without it. It’s known to lower cholesterol, improve intestinal health, and it can keep you feeling full longer, thus contributing to weight loss. To jazz it up a little, add honey, fruits, or some Greek yogurt – which leads us to the next…