If you want to be able to manage your weight and maintain your health, the best thing you can do is cook from scratch. We all know fast food and convenience foods aren’t healthy, but even meals from vegan, raw cafes can be excessively high in sodium and calories, and high-end restaurants rarely cook ‘clean’. Even a seemingly healthy dish is usually much higher in sodium, fat and calories compared with how you would make it at home.
So, where do you start? First, stock your fridge, freezer and pantry with everything you need. You should of course have fresh fruits and veggies that you purchase weekly, but its helpful to have non-perishable items and fundamental ingredients around at all times. Here are some basics to have on hand:
Fridge – Dijon mustard, miso, dairy or non-dairy milk, ground flax seeds, sugar-free ketchup, horseradish, butter (or non-dairy alternative) shirataki noodles.
Freezer – Frozen fruit and veggies, whole grain bread/pitas/wraps, Frozen cubes of milk (for smoothies).
Pantry – Canned beans and lentils, dried beans and lentils, passata (strained tomatoes), healthy pasta sauces, tetra-pack broth/stock, brown rice/quinoa/millet/oats, whole grain flours, nut and seed butters, honey and maple syrup, sweeteners like coconut sugar, stevia, xylitol, and erythritol, ground coffee and teas, soy sauce, vinegars (cider, wine, balsamic, sherry, rice), dried spices and herbs, natural flavour extracts (vanilla, almond, etc.), salt and pepper.
Oh, and, of course, konjac flour!