When pursuing a detox lifestyle, it’s important to outfit your pantry with items that support your success. There’s more to living healthy than just fruits and vegetables – you can still have pasta, cheese, and chocolate. Who knew?!
The following 15 detox kitchen pantry items are essentials that keep you accountable on your trek to a healthier lifestyle. When you have them around, it makes it easier for you to stay on track and ultimately see results. They not only promote healthy digestion but also are delicious!
15 Essential Detox Kitchen Pantry Items
1. Raw Goat/Sheep Cheese
Search for your favorite tasting raw goat or sheep cheese and always have it on hand. Goat and sheep milk cheeses, especially raw ones, are far easier to digest than cow milk cheeses.
2. Raw Organic Nama Shoyu
Nama Shoyu soy sauce trumps all others because it is raw, unpasteurized, and full of living enzymes! It works great in marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Instead of seeking flavor from salt or fat, add in a little Nama Shoyu to get the punch your taste buds so eagerly desire.
3. Gluten-Free Oats
Everyone should enjoy high-fiber oats in their diet, even those with gluten-sensitivities. Bob’s Red Mill Old-Fashion Rolled Oats are gluten-free and make for the ideal breakfast nosh.
4. Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut oil burns at a higher temperature than most other oils and is thus a better alternative to vegetable oils, including olive oil.
5. 70 Percent Dark Chocolate
Anytime you are itching for a sugary treat, reach for dark chocolate that has at least 70 percent cacao content. Sugar levels are very low and milk content is null in 70 percent dark chocolate, so you satisfy your sweet tooth without overindulging or burdening your digestive tract. Meanwhile, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants that will keep you looking young and feeling fresh.
When ingested, aloe is a panacea of sorts – it boosts your health and beautifies you from the inside out. It boosts your digestion system, lowers cholesterol, treats skin diseases and acne, and provides you with a host of nutrients. Enjoy it diluted in a cup of water or mixed into a morning green smoothie, always on an empty stomach. Herbal Aloe Force is one of the best brands on the market – it’s raw and organic.
6. Liquid Stevia
I carry NuNaturals liquid stevia with me everywhere I go. It lasts for what seems like forever and is conveniently there whenever I need to lightly sweeten up a tea, coffee, or a bitter green juice. NuNaturals’s blends are the best I’ve ever encountered, taking away that distinctive bitter aftertaste inherent in that of most other brands.
7. Gluten-Free Pasta
Enjoy pasta without the wheat. Gluten-free pasta makes comfort food a lot less guilt-ridden. Look for quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, and other gluten-free flour noodles, making sure they are pure and not just a mixture alongside wheat products.
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8. Almonds + Nut Milk Bag
Most packaged almond milks you find at the grocery store include a lot of additives, colorants, and flavorings in the mix. Take out the guessing game and make a homemade version of almond milk by always having raw almonds and a nut milk bag on hand.
9. Raw Sprouted Nut Butters
Raw nuts retain their nutritional integrity, and if they are sprouted, their nutrients become more bioavailable. Blue Mountain Organics makes a range of raw sprouted nut butters that are truly the crème de la crème of the nut butter world.
10. Bragg Liquid Aminos
Bragg Liquid Aminos are a liquid protein concentrate derived from soybeans. The liquid contains naturally occurring essential and non-essential amino acids. It’s a delicious and healthy way to season up salads, veggies, rice and beans, tofu, tempeh, potatoes, meat, poultry, fish, popcorn, dressings, gravies and sauces, casseroles, and stir-fries. The product is free of GMOs, alcohol, preservatives, gluten, chemicals, and artificial coloring.
11. Arrowroot Powder
Derived from tropical plants, arrowroot powder is a healthier alternative to cornstarch in baking. It is a thickening agent that also works well in soups!
12. Raw Seaweed Sheets
Forget about wheat-based wraps and embrace raw seaweed sheets! These SeaSnax Raw Seaweed Sheets contain no oil or salt. Wrap them around lettuce, chopped raw veggies, and avocado to make for the perfect light lunch or snack.
13. Coconut Palm Sugar
Coconut palm sugar is a low-glycemic sweetener that has a caramel-like aroma and taste. Use it in your baked masterpieces and enjoy a more body-friendly treat. Wholesome Sweeteners makes a fair-trade, sustainably grown, and organic coconut palm sugar that will soon become a pantry fixture.
14. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is the only non-animal source of vitamin B12 out there, so if you don’t eat a lot of meat and don’t take a B12 supplement, it’s practically essential to your existence! And, trust me, you won’t complain. Nutritional yeast carries a slightly cheesy taste to it and adds a whole new element to salads, sauces, dips, cooked vegetables, and dressings. It’s low in sodium and cholesterol-free. Try Bragg’s.
15. Sea Salt
Don’t completely nix salt from your diet just because you heard it’s bad for you. It’s not. Your body actually needs it. The trick is to pick the right kind of salt – one that retains its natural minerals. Do away with over-processed table salt and instead opt for a Celtic sea salt or a Himalayan salt.
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