It’s a common misperception that healthy eating must be both expensive and time consuming. The main reason that I don’t find this to be the case is because I’ve got most of the ingredients to my meals already in my cupboards, bar the fresh veggies, therefore the meal is actually cheap and easy. I understand that looking at a list of ingredients including oils, herbs and spices etc can look daunting if you don’t have any of these items to begin. This is why I have created a shopping list of what I consider to be the essentials for living a deliciously healthy lifestyle where preparing food is easy and enjoyable. The money used on these items may at first be fairly costly, however it is an investment which will just keep on giving.
Store Cupboard Essentials:
Miso Paste (unpasteurised)
Extra virgin olive oil
Almond Milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
I think this is a great selection of essentials that will provide the basis for amazing smoothies, porridge, roasted veg, salad dressings, curries, stir fries and many more. On top of this list you will, of course, need to add the fruit and veggies that you like. I change what fresh foods I get depending on the season, where I’m buying and what catches my eye. In general though, my most used fresh items probably consist of…
Aubergine / Eggplant
Zucchini / Courgette
If you feel like you have adequate funds to go beyond the initial list, here are a few other bits that I use a lot of too.
Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurised)
Black Beans (or any other kinds of beans)
Coconut milk (can)
Mixed italian herbs (dried)
Fresh herbs such as basil, coriander, mint, sage.
Brown Rice Pasta