(BlackDoctor.org) — We’re sure that everyone has a personal list of must-have things that their home simply wouldn’t be the same without.
This includes what foods you’ll find in the fridge or in the cabinets.
Here’s our list of some tasty things that every healthy kitchen needs to have:
Nutrients and antioxidants and fiber — oh my! A healthy kitchen wouldn’t be healthy without it. Even canned fruit (which can be just as nutritious as fresh or frozen) makes a delicious snack or dessert — either all by itself or over yogurt or ice cream. Dried fruit adds some pop to salads, and goes well with nuts for the perfect healthy snack.
Grownup and children agree – peanut butter is great! It’s an excellent source of filling protein and healthy fats. Spread it on apples, bananas, celery — even waffles! You can add it to Asian sauces and smoothies, or use it in dips. Mix it with hot water and a splash of soy sauce for a flavorful pasta sauce or salad dressing.
Olive and Canola Oils
Drizzle olive oil on pasta dishes, salads, crusty bread and diced tomatoes. Canola oil performs best in frying pans and woks. Both of these heart-healthy oils lower certain disease risks and are preferable to solid fats, like butter. Use either oil to sauté vegetables and meat.
Every kitchen should have a variety of beans. Whether dried or canned, beans are an inexpensive alternative to animal protein. They’re also an excellent source of fiber. Serve them as a side dish or add them to soups, omelets, tacos, casseroles, or salads. Thoroughly rinsing canned beans can cut sodium content by 40%.