OUR ESSENTIAL FOODS
In our household, there are some foods that we just always have on hand. As a boss in my kitchen, I always try to make healthy choices with the foods I buy for the whole family. My fridge and pantry are stocked with a variety of food, but there are some staples that are always there. Whether we need a quick meal or running low on other options, these are some of our favorite foods that always come to the rescue.
Buckwheat is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Along with its health benefits, it's also delicious, easy to make and inexpensive. Buckwheat is not a grain. It is gluten free. It's high in protein, fiber and essential nutrients. I also use buckwheat flour for pancakes or crepes.
When I saw milk, I mean RAW milk, not pasteurized and homogenized milk. Raw milk is a living food. It is a superfood loaded with protein, probiotics, enzymes, omega-3, calcium, vitamins and minerals. We all love milk at home and drink it as is. You can find it at our local natural food stores and Sprouts. This is the raw milk we drink.
Oats are one of the healthiest grains. They are a great source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals and are also gluten-free. We have oatmeal for breakfast usually topped off with fresh fruit or dried fruit and nuts. I also use oatmeal for face masks and occasionally in a bath.
Kefir is high in nutrients and probiotics and is great for overall stomach/gut health. Everyone in the family loves kefir here, especially my son. He could live off of it.
Yogurt is nutrient rich and it's a great source of vitamins and minerals. It is made by the bacterial fermentation of milk. It is excellent for digestive health, it is high in protein, and strengthens immune system. Chose your yogurt wisely. I get plain, unsweetened yogurt 90% of the time and once in a while a fruit one if the kids notice them while shopping. The kids love yogurt, plain or not. Our number one snack. We eat it plain, topped with fruit, parfait, in dressings, and marinate for poultry.
Eggs are a very good source of protein. They are very nutritious, containing a little bit of every nutrient we need. There are so many ways you can eat them: sunny side up, easy over, scrambled, hard boiled, soft boiled or straight raw! Just kidding! I can't but my husband can! We have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are so fast and easy to prepare and so many ways to serve them too! Try to get pastured eggs locally or at the least organic from the grocery store.
Potatoes are no super food but we absolutely love them! They store energy & nutrition and they are the best natural source of starch. You can never go wrong with potatoes. They are filling and delicious. A great meal when you have nothing in the fridge but potatoes come to the rescue!
Butter, butter, butter. Don't be afraid of it. Butter is rich in fats, healthy fats. It boosts energy and suppresses appetite, and is good for the heart. Butter does not make you fat. Butter actually plays a big role in weight management. The fats in butter slow down the absorption of sugar into blood stream, therefore it makes you feel full and not crave sugar. Truly, butter is a superfood. Make sure to get grass-fed butter for complete nutrition. Plus, it's simply delicious! We all love butter at home; kids can eat it by the spoonful and I can lose control of how many slices of bread and butter I can eat.
We eat cucumbers all year round. They contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are made up of 95% water, are low in calories, are fiber-rich and reduce unwanted inflammation. Cucumbers are my kids first vegetable choice. We eat them just as and also in salads.
Banana is a fruit we have all year round. So healthy and delicious. It is loaded with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and potassium. A perfect snack at home or on the go. Eat it alone, add it to your yogurt, cereal, smoothie or make ice cream with it. Call it the real "fast food".