Being Marge: 12 Essential Foods to Stock in Your Healthy Kitchen - Part 2

Thursday, January 19, 2017

12 Essential Foods to Stock in Your Healthy Kitchen - Part 2

           If you missed Part 1 of 12 Essential Foods to Stock in Your Healthy Kitchen, you can check it out here:

          To continue setting your kitchen up for a healthy year ahead, make sure you stock the following ingredients.


Quinoa is indeed a very big deal, so much so that the United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Quinoa seeds are among just a few vegetarian protein sources that include the full range of essential amino acids in the correct proportion humans need in their diet. It’s also low-calorie, a good source of fiber, gluten free, inexpensive, easy to store, easy to prepare, and, because it doesn’t have a strong flavor of its own, it can be mixed with many other ingredients for satisfying breakfasts, salads, and main courses.

2   Nuts

Heart-healthy nuts are good snacks, which are best eaten in small portions due to their high calorie count. Many nuts are high in protein and contain fiber and good levels of healthy mono-unsaturated fats. All nuts are not equal, and some are better than others, depending on your health goals. For instance, almonds are high in calcium and relatively low in calories; pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium than other nuts; cashews are low in fiber and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Overall, nuts are nutritious, versatile, tasty, and there is a variety for countless cooking options.


Most often people eat oats in the form of oatmeal, but this naturally gluten-free grain is also commonly used in breads and healthy snacks. There are only good things to say about oats. They’re not only inexpensive, but they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, providing health benefits related to heart disease, blood sugar levels, weight-loss, and digestion. Oats are very filling and they promote healthy gut bacteria levels. Try a bowl of oatmeal with dark berries and grated almonds for breakfast to combine three healthy ingredients from your healthy kitchen!

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