My Pantry Essentials

Have you noticed JERF being bandied around on social media…. it’s an acronym for JUST EAT REAL FOOD. The key to any health regime is nourishing whole foods and the key to success is ORGANISATION. There’s no way around it. You do need to be able to cook & you also need to be organised if you want to stick to your health goals.

You know the feeling. You’re tired & cranky and your blood sugar levels are dropping. Your body is craving a quick source of energy and this is when poor food choices are made.

The answer is to be organised and the first step is to give your pantry a detox.Get rid of anything past it’s best before date including all spices. There’s no flavour or nutritional value left in them. Then whatever is your biggest weakness throw it out! Chips bin! Shapes bin! Chocolate bullets bin! If it’s not in the cupboard you can’t eat it. You’ll be surprised how much room you have in the pantry.

Then tidy it all up. As much as I covet beautiful storage jars I have so many jars from catering that I simply recycle these. Then all you need is a label maker. I also find putting groups of similar items in baskets helps to keep it tidy too.

pantry jars small

The next step is to make sure your pantry is stocked with nourishing ingredients. You’ll find my list of pantry essentials here. By no means is this list exhaustive. It’s simply a list of my favourites that I use over & over. If you’d like to know which brands I prefer please ask below.

Once you’ve got your pantry stocked you might like to try this Cacao Granola recipe. It’s gluten free, grain free, dairy free & delicious 🙂 You can enjoy this for breakfast with yoghurt and berries. Or I snack on a handful when that afternoon slump hits.

Cacao granola

Thank you for sharing our healthy love of food.

Warm regards
Wendy

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Wendy Middleton
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Cacao Granola

A gluten free, dairy free, grain free breakfast option

Ingredients

150g raw whole almonds, roughly chopped
100g raw cashews
100g (1 1/2 cups) coconut flakes
75g (1/2 cup) cacao nibs
40g (1/4 cup) cacao
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup (60ml) pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
Goji berries (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 120C.

Add all dry ingredients (except Goji Berries) to a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Add maple syrup & vanilla. Mix together using your hands (wear disposable gloves). Mix until mixture is wet & glossy.

Spread granola evenly and thinly onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes until crunchy.

Cool completely on oven tray and store in airtight jar.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “My Pantry Essentials

  1. Really love your simple, easy, healthy approach to food Wendy! There are now so many philosophies, paths and mega-details within the study of food – and what creates great health. Yet everyone I know is flat-out busy! So it’s inspiring to see you ‘keeping it real’ with such simplicity… and such beauty. Thank you for your gorgeous emails and blogs. They inspire me to make that little extra effort to create even more delicious and healthy options in the kitchen.

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