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Clarissa's 4 Kitchen Staples

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is crucial in staying on track with healthy eating. Our schedules don’t always allow for fresh, organic meals on a daily basis. But it is absolutely still possible to eat healthy in a time crunch – and keeping foods conveniently on hand at all times will help you tremendously.

 

To name a few – stock your kitchen with frozen veggies, canned beans, nuts and seeds, healthy condiments and seasonings to grab at a moments notice. Organic is always best, when possible.

 

Here are 4 of my favorite staples to keep on hand at all times…

 

  1. Coconut Oil — with its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties and the healthy fats it provides – this is definitely one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but you can also use it on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and in your smoothies for a kick of natural energy.

 

  1. Liquid Aminos — Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is your healthy alternative to soy sauce. Jam packed with amino acids, made with non-GMO soybeans, and it is also gluten-free. Coconut aminos are also a great staple to keep around. Coconut aminos are also packed with amino acids, and slightly sweet — a great alternative to teriyaki sauce.

 

  1. Spirulina- is a freshwater plant that’s grown across the globe, from Africa to Hawaii, and is renowned for its remarkable nutritional profile. In addition to being packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, it’s also a great source of plant-based protein and, along with its algae cousin chlorella, is one of the most under-the-radar supplements around.Enjoyed daily, spiriluna can help restore and revitalize your health, and while it can taste pretty overpowering on its own, it blends into smoothies and juices easily and can also be sprinkled atop soups and salads. It’s also a great way for vegetarians to up their iron intake without having to endure bites of steak.

 

  1. Organic Nuts — a variety of your favorite nuts are a must-have staple to keep around when the snack-time bug bites. Having a healthy alternative to a typically unhealthy snack is a great way to improve your health in an easy way. When that afternoon hunger strikes, reach for a bowl of raw cashews or toasted almonds to satisfy yourself — while enjoying the health benefits of nuts, such as healthy fats and fiber that aid in your digestion. They’re also great to use in dishes as a garnish, especially on top of a hearty salad!

 

 

What are some of your favorite kitchen staples that you keep on hand at all times? Hit reply and let me know — I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Clarissa's Batch Cooking Tips!

 

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

We’ve all had those nights where you look at the clock, wonder how it’s 7 pm already, and go into panic mode about what you can scrounge up for dinner to feed your family. If we’re honest here, it probably happens far too often! Life is busy; it’s bound to happen.

This is generally when we resort to a quick solution such as takeout or the drive-thru – and we can both agree on the fact that those aren’t the healthiest options.

One of the biggest obstacles of healthy eating vs. the drive-thru is preparation. Preparing for this ahead of time will help you stay on track with your healthy eating, and will give you peace of mind.

With a few small steps each week, you’ll be on your way to a healthy meal every evening — no panic involved.

Here are three steps to get you there…

1. Prepare your space. First and foremost, prepare your kitchen area. Starting with a clean kitchen makes the process much more smooth and effective. Throw out any old food that is not salvageable and scope out what you have left that you can use. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a new container of mustard when there was one hiding in the back of the pantry (situated next to two other unopened ones!)

2. Make your plan of action. Before you head to the grocery store, make a detailed list of the items you need. We’ve all made the mistake of going to the grocery store without a list, right? You are always bound to forget something — and it’s usually the most important item — so rid yourself of that stress and make a detailed, organized shopping list beforehand.

3. Make it enjoyable. If you don’t enjoy cooking, ask for help. Make it an enjoyable experience so you are more likely to continue cooking regularly. I love to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I batch cook, or making a day out of it with my closest friends.

Spend the next hour or two chopping and prepping all of your food that your meals will include for the week. A simple way to batch cook all of your veggies is to roast them in the oven — they’re so delicious that way, and it couldn’t be easier for you to fill your oven with veggies and come back a half an hour later to a ton of cooked vegetables.

On top of batch cooking your meals for the week — be sure to prepare several meals that you can store in the freezer to pull out in times of desperation. Knowing you have these options on hand will put your mind at ease, and give you a better option than ordering takeout.