Cold Aussies, I'm talking to you... The temps have dipped and you're hungry, am I right? If you're finding winter the hardest season to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet It's time to transition with these eight pantry staples - they're a perfect starting point for making healthy dietary changes during the colder months.
Brenda Teh, co-owner of The Source Bulk Foods Prahran, put together the below list after regularly meeting customers who were wanting to live a healthier lifestyle but found themselves confused and overwhelmed with the amount of products available.
“The biggest problems in the health food sector are accessibility, cost and advice and people can become misinformed. We’ve created an environment where people can come in and get the help they need and leave equipped with the tools to change their everyday lives,” she says.
All listed ingredients are plant based, vegan friendly, gluten free and dairy free.
- Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil can be used raw or in cooking and boasts a high smoke point, meaning it won’t go rancid in high temperatures. It is also considered a healthy fat, which is believed to speed up metabolism and aid weight loss.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar boasts a range of health benefits including lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels and may assist in weight loss. This pantry staple can be consumed as a drink diluted with water and fresh lemon, made into a dressing or used in cooking.
- Raw Almonds – Raw Almonds are incredibly versatile and can be used to make almond meal, almond milk, almond butter or eaten as a healthy snack or salad topper.
- Medjool Dates – Medjool Dates are a great high fibre sweet snack and are used in most raw desserts as they act as a natural sweetener.
- Quinoa – Quinoa is a filling source of protein that can be served at breakfast (quiona porridge), lunch or dinner. Quinoa is a great replacement for both rice and pasta, is a great protein booster in salads and works well as either a main or a side dish.
- Maple Syrup or Rice Malt Syrup – A natural sweetener is often called for in healthy baking recipes, particularly raw desserts but can also be used in sauces and dressings. Rice Malt Syrup is also fructose free, meaning it is suitable for a fodmap diet.
- Raw Cacao Power – Raw Cacao Powder boasts an array of antioxidants and is a healthier alternative to cocoa. It can be used in baking, drinks, puddings, raw desserts and more.
- Buckwheat Flour – A popular gluten free flour, Buckwheat Flour is high in fibre and Vitamin B and is very versatile in recipes. It acts as the perfect pancake flour, can be used to thicken sauces and is often called for in gluten free baking recipes.
The Source Bulk Foods Prahran offers an affordable, accessible and enormous range of health foods by way of a self serve system that allows you to buy as little or as much of a product as you like. What a genius way to encourage zero waste on food stuffs!
Ready to shop? Head to Shop 11, 176 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne.