No matter your health goals, giving your pantry a spring clean is a great idea to get your mind and body in the right space! When your kitchen is filled with nutrient-rich foods you’ll be more likely to set yourself up for success and stick to your goals. We caught up with Rachael Finch, founder of fitness and lifestyle program B.O.D by Finch and bodybyfinch.com, and gathered her top tips for a seriously healthy home pantry.
Wherever you can, buy organic. You’ll be doing better for your body and the environment. Organic produce is not sprayed with harmful chemicals and is grown in more nutrient-dense soil. If you can’t buy everything organic, a good rule of thumb for the must-haves is, if you’re eating foods with the skin on, it should be organic.
My pantry is always stocked with good quality, slow-releasing carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa, lentils and spelt pasta. This is so I always have something on standby to cook for those last-minute meals and not tempted to order takeaway or reach for refined carbohydrates.
Herbs and spices
Having a good selection of herbs and spices, both dry and fresh, is a great idea to add flavour and even more nutrients to your meals. You can add these to almost every meal in some way and it’s fun getting creative with new tastes.
Check the date
I like scanning over all my packets and jars and tossing anything that’s out of date. This will help de-clutter your space so you’ll be able to see what you’re working with.
One of the best ways to get organised in the pantry is to place dry ingredients like nuts and flours into jars so you can find them easily and know when you’re getting low. Label them with a black marker pen for extra organisation skills!