10 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen
- Extra virgin olive oil. Ninety percent of the time, our food preparation requires the use of oil. Olive oil is one factor why Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. Olive oil is also good fat, but remember not to use too much as they still contain calories.
- Non-fat yogurt. Yogurt is rich in protein and live microorganisms that aid our digestive tract. They also contain mono unsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. This can be prepared on top of salads or pastas. But this is also good to be consumed for snacks.
- Canned olives. Just like the yogurt, olives contain mono unsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. Besides this, they have a long shelf life and they go well with a wide variety of dishes. These are best without the added sodium.
- Honey. Honey can basically last in one’s kitchen for years. It is a healthy sweetener and it can serve as a hangover helper. It is also used as cough soother. In fact, it is advisable to substitute the use of simple sugar with unsweetened honey.
- Beans. Besides the fact that these are inexpensive, they are also a good source of protein and fiber. Beans also come in different forms and each can be used in a variety of dishes and even dips.
- Eggs. Eggs are almost always needed in baking. Besides this, they are a rich source of protein with only around 70 calories. Research shows that substituting eggs for bagels during breakfast makes overweight women lose twice as much weight.
- Bananas. This fruit is economical, a good sweetener and is basically available all throughout the year. With bananas, there will be no need to add sugar to your smoothies and yogurt.
- Fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are high in antioxidants. They are responsible for the wonderful flavors in our dishes. And they recreate the taste of leftovers.
- Dark chocolate. Dark chocolates are a good source of disease-fighting polyphenols. They are also associated with weight loss.
- Oatmeal. Oats, studies show, are quite helpful in controlling your appetite. They are also a good aid for reducing cholesterol levels.
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