Ever wondered what foods a nutritionist can't go without?
As you scan your pantry, do you ever wish you knew of fail-proof items that are healthy and tasty?
Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill shares the five things that she regularly keeps her pantry stocked with and what each item is good for!
From obvious favourites such as olive oil, to more obscure items like cauliflower flour mix, Jacqueline is sure to inspire a pantry overhaul!
Nuts (and their butters!)
"An absolute must-have is a beautiful variety of nuts to snack on and include in our meals," Jacqueline says. "We always have almonds, brazil and cashew nuts handy (the three combined deliver all the essential amino acids to the body to make a complete protein too!) and then some walnuts, pecans, macadamias and hazelnuts. They’re all so flavoursome and pack a punch with nutrition."
Extra virgin olive oil
"This is my go-to for more or less everything when I cook," she admits. "Perfect for sweet and savoury dishes and we always have a really high quality evoo for just enjoying with fresh sourdough bread or a home cooked soda bread, with sea salt and olives on the side. The simplest but most delicious of snacks."
Cauliflower flour mix
"Our newest friend in the pantry is Pom Pom Paddock’s Cauliflower Flour Mix and we won’t be living without in the near future either - it’s so versatile, neutral in flavour, 100 per cent gluten free and bundled with wonderful nutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and of course fibre (my favourite nutrient!)," Jacqueline tells. "We’ve been loving it in muffins, cookies and the most delicious Pizza Slice for our lunchbox (mine and Jet’s) too."
"An oldie, but always a goodie, oats are incredibly nutrient dense and an ingredient I’ll turn to whether it’s for cookies, cakes, muffins, burgers or whipping up a batch of granola, muesli or overnight oats," Jacqueline shares.
Dried and tinned beans
"Having the majority of mine and the family’s diet based on plants, beans (chickpeas, lentils, kidney, black beans and mung beans etc) are an essential in the pantry to deliver protein and sustenance to our meals," she reveals. "We’ve phased beans in as our swap for meats in the likes of curries, stir fries, pies, burrito and taco mixes, bolognese, dips - everything! As a nutritionist I’m often asked how to include beans in the diet more frequently without suffering digestive discomfort and I always recommend just to start small and slow with integrating them. It’s a great philosophy for all things with your health, to create long term, sustainable and enjoyable changes."