The Vida Well's Pantry and Fridge Essentials Guide
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T O R I E T I P S : Focus the majority of your diet on eating hormone and antibiotic free meats. And steer towards seasonal, local, and organic vegetables and fruits whenever possible.
PASTURED, RAISED EGGS
I know there are many choices, just choose pasture-raised. This superfood, especially the yolk has amino acids and essential brain food.
This nutritional powerhouse is essential, can be used in stir-fry, to cook your rice, but did you know sipping on bone broth helps heal inflammation and gut issues? Told you food can be medicine.
FULL FAT GREEK YOGURT
Not packed with sugar, but packed with good protein and fat. Make it your new staple for sauces, smoothies, under berries for dessert is always good.
HIGH QUALITY CHEESE
I've won you over with this one, right? Ideally all, but at least one of the following: grass fed, raw, pasture raised, local, organic.
I recommend making this yourself to control the amount of sugar. It's a friend to your smoothie and a daily dose of minerals. Win, win.
The perfect snack garnish. Texture your favorite veggies and fruits.
People are so scared of butter. Don't be. Our bodies and brain need it. Are we best friends yet?
High in the good fats and add to your snack menu. Guests will love them too.
Rich in antioxidants, an answer for your sweet tooth. These sweet treats are one of my favorite grab-and-go's.
Keep fresh greens on hand and make it that much easier to incorporate them into your family's diet.
Always buy raw. I love to keep them in the freezer to prevent the fat from oxidizing and turning rancid.
Sauerkraut, miso, kefir, kimchee... swoon.
Oh the possibilities. Chop and mix with butter then spoon them into ice trays and keep in the freezer. Blend with garlic and olive oil to make a chimichurri. The list doesn't have to stop here.
These freckle friends are packed with fiber and protein, and even help combat inflammation. In desserts, smoothies, go nuts.
Get European with wild sardines or salmon. Yes they are a great add atop salads, but how about a cheese board! Now we're talking.
A fat perfect for cooking using high heat temperatures. Did you know it also contains antibacterial compounds that help boost fat burning? Where is the hug mechanism on this thing.
They go by too fast, but remain in my quiver of snacks. I also use the nori sheets to make healthy “burritos”. Viva The Vida Well!
I can think of one reason, ahem, time of month, high percent cacao should always be on hand. Another great one to keep in your freezer.
Use them as much as possible. They're superfoods and they make your dishes delicious.
SAN MARZANO TOMATOES
You already know I'm Mexican, but I have an incredible friend who is 93 years old and also happens to be my Italian grandpa. He introduced me to the best tomato, and now I'm giving the introduction to you.
It's a superfood, that up 'til this guide, remained my secret staple (that's why I've tucked it into the middle of this list). It gives complexity to your food you won’t want to miss.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Take a shot before meals, or add it to your salad dressing. It helps with skin issues, digestion, acid reflux, and a MUST when you are sick.
Antiviral, tasty. Learn how to roast garlic, and how to add them to your sauces, I'm here to help. How? Look below.
Organic, and yes the common myth that brown rice is better than white is NOT true. Brown rice contains 80x more arsenic than white. So toss in some of those butter-herbed ice-cubes from the Fridge Guide & pull out your rice cooker.