Prepping Your Kitchen – Food Basics

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Happy Wednesday! ?

As a follow up to last weeks post, today we are going to talk about some of the basic food items to have on hand. These essentials will ensure that you are prepared to make healthy and flavorful dishes!

Produce:

avocado, apples, bananas, lemon, limes, berries, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, onion, squash (winter/summer), garlic, sweet potatoes, tomato

Protein:

chicken breast, ground chicken/turkey breast, white fish, salmon, canned tuna, lean beef, pork tenderloin, shrimp, eggs, protein powder (whey or egg)

Dairy:

greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, low fat cheeses, almond milk

Legumes/Beans:

canned(no salt added) or dried: kidney beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans, lentils

Grains:

wheat germ, oat bran, oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, 100% whole grain cereals

Nuts/Seeds:

Whole Nuts and/or Nut Butter: almond, peanut, walnut, pecans, cashews

Seeds: chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin

Others:

Oil & Vinegar: olive, peanut, sesame, balsamic, rice wine, cider

Stock: low sodium chicken/beef/vegetable

Sweeteners: honey, coconut sugar, agave

Spices: cinnamon, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, sea salt

Herbs: dill, parsley, cilantro, basil, oregano, chives

Condiments: mustard, soy sauce, mayo, hot sauce

Although this list may seem long, you do not need to purchase everything in a single trip. However, this extensive list will set you up for healthy recipe success no matter what!

**What are you favorite kitchen food staples?**

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