With so much on our plate in terms of the things that we need to do and so little time, it can get suffocating to be able to do everything at once. Often, going healthy and natural can become a balancing act, especially if you are down on time. Even those who begin the journey of plant-based eating lose steam and fade away when they realize that they have had 7 cheat days this week!
The secret to winning in plant-based eating and enjoying a healthy, prosperous life is to be consistent. Consistency is the direct product of planning. This is going to be your how-to guide on what to stock up during your grocery shopping days to ensure that you don’t sway from the road to wellness.
If you are reading this now, you may also have the watchful eyes of COVID-19 over you, so most of the restaurants and eating joints are out of order. We shall go over what to stock-up and not have yourself eating out of canned foods and crackers. Read on…
What You Should Keep In Mind
Having food that you can chuck in the freezer and keep for an extended time-say a week or so can be helpful. Frozen items are your best friends especially if you find yourself short of time during the week, but don’t want to cut short on healthy eating.
Keeping your pantry devoid of highly processed snacks is the easiest way to get over the cravings. If you were to keep a tub of ice cream in the freezer, then it is no different than keeping a juicy bone before a dog and demanding that it not bite down on it. The list of processed foods includes cookies, chips, fried stuff, and savories. Stay clear of them and don’t bother even walking that aisle the next time you are in the grocery store!
Batch cooking is also a great way to plan for the week. You can pen down what are the ingredients that you will need for the week depending on what plant-based recipes you have planned out. Batch cooking works by cooking food during the weekends so that you will have more time during the weekdays. Cut food, make soups and curry and keep them ready for use during the week. The last thing that you need is to get lazy after a hectic day at work, and then end up opening up a packet of chips and packed food.
Essential Pantry Items That You Need To Stock On
There are a couple of essentials that you must have stocked up. Some of these are:
Legumes– Dry and/or cooked beans and lentils. Legumes can be used for plenty of things right from soups to curry and plant-based burgers. There are plenty of recipes that you can incorporate legumes into. If you choose, you can make salads and starters if you are not fancying the need for the main course. The choices are endless!
Dried Foods- These are foods that will last a long time. These have been dried and are devoid of moisture that will degrade them. Freeze-dried veggie-chips make for a great snack. Dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates, almonds, cashews can be used on top of salads and to naturally sweeten your dishes. These are rich with essential nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Other such great dried foods include:
- Kale chips
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Dried fruits such as apricots
- Beet chips
Noodles And Pasta- These are whole grained ramen noodles that you can easily cook and make a quick meal out of. Pasta is easy to cook with and you can add in a variety of interesting flavors- you can toss in some veggies and pesto or marinara. You can make it as a stir fry or even use it in soups. This is a must-have in your pantry.
Whole Grains – Make batches of quinoa and brown rice. Store it in airtight containers and then save it for later. The oats and millets can be used too to make a variety of baked goods and pancakes. Here are some of the grains that you need to have at home:
- Brown rice
Nuts And Seeds- These are packed with flavor and you can add these to your pasta and salads to give a new texture and a crunch. Walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds and just some to name.
Spices- It Doesn’t matter how amazing a dish you have in front of you; if it is missing condiments then the dish stays incomplete. Here are some of the condiments that you must stock up with:
- Chilli powder
- Garlic powder
- Curry powder
- Dried herbs
- Smoked paprika
If you have these by the side, then rest assured that you can cook up healthy, delicious plant-based meals any time of the day within a moment’s notice.