What to keep in the cupboards

I am often asked what one should keep in the cupboards when starting a healthier lifestyle. I have compiled a list of the things I always have around. Most of these things you will be able to buy in a large supermarket but some of the things you might need to buy in a health food store, or online. This list is not complete as there are many food items that you might require once in a blue moon. These listed below will however get you pretty far. I aim to use only organic ingredients but you can of course use the non-organic versions if you prefer. Your cooking/baking won't be ruined but the taste might not be as good and there is always the risk of pesticides and dodgy stuff in the non-organic produce.

The following things are necessary to keep in your cupboards and you will use often:

  • Cold pressed coconut oil (or rapeseed oil)
  • Cane sugar (Rapadura or other cane sugar)
  • Agave nectar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dark chocolate (with cane sugar). I prefer Green & Black's
  • Spelt flour (white and wholegrain)
  • Gluten free and aluminium free baking powder
  • Yeast free vegetable stock cubes
  • Raisins
  • Pitted dates
  • Cashew nuts
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peanut butter
  • Tahini (sesame paste)

The following things are good to have and will keep well:

  • Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts (store in the fridge)
  • Carob powder (if you don't like to use cocoa powder)
  • Carob 'chocolate' (if you don't like to use chocolate)
  • Cocoa nibs (or 85% chocolate)
  • Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Qunioa corn
  • Coconut milk
  • Goji berries
  • Acai berries
  • Maple syrup

The following things I normally have around as well but are not essential:

  • Yoghurt (or soy yoghurt)
  • Tomato sauce (ketchup) (the healthy kind of course)
  • Tamari sauce
  • Thai Green or Red curry (if you are vegan check that they don't contain shrimp paste)
  • Soy milk (I use soy milk sweetened with apple juice)
  • You can also use almond milk, rice milk, oat milk or skimmed milk in my recipes instead of soy milk
  • Oat cream
  • Cashew butter
  • Almond butter
  • Coconut water
  • All kinds of nuts (hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and almonds)