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- health & nutrition
Declaring it here first: 2022 will be a year of health. We all deserve it after the absolute havoc that was the year 2021, aka 2020 the sequel. And although we can’t promise that you will be seeing more commas in your bank account or anything of that nature, we can guarantee you will feel a bit healthier after stocking your fridge and entire pantry with this year’s top superfoods. We have all the yummy secrets to eating the healthiest – and trendiest – foods in the new year.
But before you can take the official title of health goddess and culinary trendsetter, let’s talk about what exactly makes a food super. Superfoods are foods that are rich in compounds such as antioxidants, fibre, or fatty acids, considered beneficial to a person’s health. Now that we all know the deal with superfoods, let’s get into what we’re here for! Continue reading for a list of superfoods to stock in your pantry.
Chia seeds (and hemp seeds, which are very similar) can last for two to four years in your pantry, which makes stocking up on these nutritious morsels a real no-brainer. In addition to being an excellent source of antioxidants and minerals, chia seeds are also high in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Sprinkle some chia seeds in your morning oatmeal or smoothie, or learn how to make your own chia pudding.
These healthy green nuts can last up to six months at room temperature, and are best stored in a cool, dark place, like the pantry. From a health perspective, pistachios are packed with fibre, potassium, and healthy unsaturated fats. Due to their impressive nutrition profile, pistachios can help fight inflammation in the body and may lower your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Since many nuts are considered superfoods, nut butters are often seen as exceedingly healthy as well, so long as they don't contain too much palm oil or added sugar. Almond butter is one of the healthiest nut butters you can buy, and is a great source of protein, vitamin E, and magnesium. Better yet? A jar of almond butter will stay good in your pantry for at least five months, and is often fine to consume even after its expiration date.
Lentils and other legumes, like beans and split peas, are basically pantry staples, and can stay fresh in the pantry for approximately three years. They provide a hefty amount of fibre and satiating protein, and are also a great source of B vitamins, which help make sure that the body's cells function properly.
You know that bulb you reach for every time you want to sauté some vegetables or make tomato sauce? It's considered a superfood on account of its many health benefits. In addition to lowering your risk of heart disease and giving your immune system a boost, garlic is also packed with antioxidants.
Though shopping for olive oil can be a daunting task, it deserves a spot in your pantry for many reasons. Aside from its impressive versatility in the kitchen, which spans from roasted vegetables to cakes, olive oil is a great source of monoun-saturated fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation. It also provides an impressive amount of vitamins E and K, and if you store your olive oil in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry, it will last for several months.
This bright spice had its moment a few years ago (who remembers turmeric lattes and turmeric tea?) and remains as healthy as ever. It's an excellent source of antioxidants, and also helps fight inflammation. Turmeric may also help reduce the symptoms of arthritis, prevent Alzheimer's and cancer, and alleviate intestinal issues such as digestion and heartburn. Whether you store this in your pantry or on your spice rack, it will stay fresh for several years.
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