By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
Spring is here full of sunshine, warmth, longer days and lush greens and blooming colors! What a great time to stock your pantry with some essential staples to help you eat clean, light and healthy this spring season. Having these staples around can help you pack for a picnic at the park, a light lunch or easy healthy dinners.
1.) Dry Beans
Looking for a healthy way for quick, nutritious protein? Dry beans are an inexpensive protein rich food that can save you tons of time as long as you plan ahead. Simply soak the night before then rinse in the morning, and cook in water with some seasoning either on the stove or in your crockpot. I like to use my crockpot so I can just add beans, water, spices, then hit go and I’m out the door!
Try this Spring Lentil Stew.
One of my favorite spices that adds warm flavor and loads of immune supporting nutrients like iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese plus potassium, copper, thiamin (B1) and phosphorus.
Try this Easy Guacamole for a power-packed snack.
3.) Chili Powder
Another staple in our household for flavorful plant-based meals. Chili’s amazing phytonutrients can help boost metabolism and provide potent anti-inflammatory compounds.
Try this yummy Sweet Potato Chickpea Chili.
Looking for a delicious, fast and easy snack or protein filled garnish for breakfast or your favorite smoothie…. Go nuts! Nuts are loaded with healthy fats and important vitamins and minerals. Just like fruits and veggies they are all good for different reasons so enjoy a hearty variety. For example, pistachios are rich in calcium, almonds in vitamin E, walnuts have omega-3s. Try this Brazil Nut Chai Tea Latte or Green Pear Walnut Smoothie.
My favorite grain because it’s gluten-free, so easy to cook (just like rice; I use my rice cooker) and packed with protein, iron and fiber. Try this Butternut Squash Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa.
Looking for a new, healthy twist on a wrap sandwich? Nori is a sea vegetable rich in omega-3 healthy fats known for their benefit to the heart, anti inflammation and helping with cognitive development or brain power! Try these Nori Wraps.
7.) Goji Berries
A favorite in the Reboot Kitchen thanks to their amazing antioxidants and delicious tart flavor! Try this Berry Oats & Goji Spring Smoothie.
Looking for a healthier chocolate treat? Look no further – adding cacao gives you that chocolaty flavor without all the heaviness with a boost of antioxidants. Try making this yummy treat Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
This super seed is loaded with protein, fiber and omega-3s plus you don’t need to grind them to get all those nutrients. Try this Rich and Creamy Strawberry Chia Pudding or Sand and Sun Smoothie.
Ginger provides nutrients that can help with digestion, reduce nausea and boost immunity and metabolism. Plus it tastes great in juice, smoothies and many recipes. Try Heartbreak Hill, Fennel Spice & Everything Nice or Minty Pineapple.