When it comes to healthy eating, we rely heavily on homemade treats, elixirs, meals, and tonics. Having a pantry (or fridge) stocked with certain staples will ensure that whipping up something that serves your highest vibration isn’t a daunting task, but an easy go-to option. Feeding your gut, brain, skin, and beyond is of key importance to how we stock our shelves.
We’re not saying that everyone needs to be a gourmet cook. But simple homemade dishes, lattes, soups, and seasonings can make easy-to-prep dishes explode with flavor. And learning how to incorporate healing properties doesn’t actually take a ton of training or skill. Some ingredients are straightforward non-negotiable swaps for some of the more harmful, inflammatory ingredients that the Western diet has made the norm — and others are catalysts for delicious ideas.
These pantry staples are the best stocking stuffers for your favorite foodie, or put all together, they make an amazing gift basket for anyone who’s looking for a healthy kitchen makeover to kickstart 2022 the right way. Here are just a few of our favorite pantry staples for a wellness pantry makeover gift:
Sometimes referred to as coconut “manna,” this thick, buttery substance is worth its weight in gold. It’s the result of macerating dried coconut until it breaks down from its own oils into a rich, spreadable, meltable butter. It’s amazing spread on toast, used in baking, or even substituted for milk in a matcha or regular latte. It’s high in healthy fats, oh-so creamy, and slightly sweet. We like this version because it’s laced with adaptogens and cacao for a spoonable treat that makes it extra festive for gift-giving — but plain varieties are often the most adaptable.
Gifting a nice olive oil is like giving a nice bottle of wine — except better. It lasts longer, it’s healthier for you or your loved one, and it’s absolutely delicious! Olive oil is one of the best healthy fats for brain health and maintaining energy throughout the day. It’s great for cooking — just don’t let it burn. It’s also an amazing and tasty garnish drizzled on toast, soup, pasta, fish dishes, and of course, mixed into a delicious DIY salad dressing. It’s the pantry staple for every kind of diet, as well!
ACV is less glamorous, so we suggest it as more of a part of a whole basket when it comes to gifting…Or get some for yourself! It’s rich in active bacteria to feed your gut, and it helps balance stomach acid as well as regulate our insulin absorption pre-meal. It’s delicious added to soups or salad dressings, and a great morning elixir to jumpstart proper digestion.
Matcha is the ultimate necessary luxury for yourself and your loved ones looking to make the swap to a cleaner caffeine. There’s no big crash from matcha, and you won’t find yourself wired and unable to sleep due to the slow and controlled release. Matcha is also a masterful superfood, with tons of polyphenols, antioxidants, and L-theanine for beauty, brain, and body benefits. We love this one with added adaptogens. Plus, it’s not just for lattes— you can bake with it, too!
Himalayan pink salt is much more than just salt that happens to be, well, adorable. It’s loaded with minerals we need for optimal cellular function and even optimal hydration. It has a higher salinity than table salt, so you need less to do more, and looks adorable in a little salt pinch dish. Throw it in the gift basket — it’s a pantry staple must.
Preserved lemons are such a perfect staple to have on hand because they last so long in the fridge. They are amazing when you don’t have lemons on hand but need some zest or juice in a pinch, and a little goes a long way — it’s super concentrated stuff. Preserved lemons have a little more depth of flavor to them due to the salt fermentation, so they kick up lemon dishes a notch with a special umami subtlety that won’t go unnoticed. Plus, anything made from lemon is super alkalizing for the body!
Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, which are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial — and they taste so, so good. Tahini is excellent in both sweet recipes, like tahini stuffed dates topped with pink salt for a salted caramel vibe, or in savory dishes like a salad dressing, drizzled on a baked sweet potato, or subbed in for peanuts in a Thai tahini sauce. It’s also a delicious fat to eat by the spoonful, or add to a smoothie for maximum vitamin absorption. You’re welcome.
This rich, salty umami paste is the perfect base for soups, but can also be added into baking, dressings, and sauces. It’s super versatile, stretches a long way, has a long (refrigerated) shelf life, and is a probiotic-rich fermented source packed with amino acids.
Honey is vital to keep on hand — and these superfood options by Beekeeper’s Naturals are a top pick. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that give sustained energy, immune support, and digestive support, and is great as a sweetener in the place of sugar for any recipe, sweet or savory. Due to its antimicrobial prowess as well as soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, it also makes a great face mask, making it a pantry staple and medicine cabinet staple!
Most people think turmeric is only used in Indian food and curries, but think again. This antioxidant and anti-cancerous ingredient can be snuck into anything for a little burst of color and flavor depth. We love adding it to rice, oatmeal or buckwheat, pancakes, and of course, our golden tonics as a treat before bed. It’s a superfood kitchen staple, and a must-have in your pantry-makeover gift basket!