Top 5 Food You Should Always Have On Hand

My kitchen is usually stocked with all sorts of stuff. I try to organize our fridge and pantry around what is in-season. However, there are a few items that I always try to have on hand. I have created my top 5 list and a few ideas on how to use each one of them.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar: I use Bragg Organic ACV. It’s made from fermented cider of organic apples, unlike most store-bought brands. It contains the “mother” which is the cloudy stuff that provides protein, good bacteria and enzymes. We have used ACV from everything to daily shots to keep a healthy gut to when a kid gets sick mixed in with tea and for bug bites and skin issues. Also, it works great in a marinade to help break down tougher proteins like in a beef stew.

  2. Avocados: Love these! They are high in fat, but it’s a good, healthy type of fat that you want. They are very high in monounsaturated fats, which helps lower triglyceride levels. Also, high in folate which is great for brain function. We use avocados in salads, make guac and dip, and we love a great avocado chocolate mousse.

  3. Coconut Oil: This is the oil that comes from the meat of the coconut. Look for something that is unrefined and cold pressed. It’s a medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) which has a ton of health benefits. It helps suppress appetite, increase energy, and also helps in increasing fat burning in the body. It’s high in Vitamin A and E, making it heart healthy, as well. We use it in baking and cooking because it has a very high smoke point. We also use it to help heal bug bites and scrapes and almost any skin issue. Sometimes, I’ll do a week of only coconut oil in place of deodorant, just to give my skin more nourishing.

  4. Coconut Milk: This is the white extract from the meat of a coconut. Again MCT and all its benefits. My caution on this one is to make sure that it’s in a BPA free can. We use Native Forest Classic. We use it in smoothies, making sauces, my favorite pudding, and soups.

  5. Fresh Ginger: I keep a chunk of ginger in the fridge at all times. It has some powerful medicinal properties! It helps settle an upset stomach; we use it in hot water with a touch of honey. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels and it’s a very potent anti-inflammatory herb. I love to make coconut chicken curry soup, one of my favorite rainy day soups.

Let me know what you keep in your kitchen year-round and how you use it.