Keeping a well-stocked kitchen with a variety of healthy food staples is the key to a healthy diet and lifestyle. When you have a kitchen that always has what you need at a moment’s notice, you are less likely to skip that home-cooked meal and head to a restaurant or buy fast food.
There are several food staples that we recommend you have on hand. From grains to bone broth, our food staple suggestions will set your kitchen up to always have the healthy food you need to make both basic and complex dishes. Check out our suggestions below.
Whole grains like quinoa and rice are great food staples that don’t need refrigeration and can keep in your pantry for several months. “One of the most nourishing and versatile whole grains, quinoa is a good source of fiber, protein, and vitamin B6,” says Forbes. The source continues to say that quinoa contains more protein and iron compared to other grains. Rice is the perfect filler grain that is inexpensive and can take on almost any flavor based on the spices you use.
Quinoa and rice can be made when you make your meal for the day or you can make them ahead of time. Just prepare a batch of quinoa or rice at the beginning of the week and store it in your fridge until you need it. We love using these grains in soups, breakfast bowls, or salads. Or mix your favorite grain with cooked veggies and diced chicken for a nutrient-dense meal that everyone will enjoy!