A nutritionist reveals the six ingredients she always keeps in her kitchen

Posted by Anthea England on | Tags: Nutrition

From supermarket staples to unique seasonings, these are the essential ingredients THR1VE nutritionist Shannon Young always stocks up on – besides her go-to THR1VE fresh ready meals of course!

Kimchi1. Kimchi
“The first few times I tried kimchi it was not, I must admit, my favourite food. However, the jar I purchased was really big so I persisted… now I am obsessed! It’s a fantastic addition to my eggs in the morning or when I want to spice up a salad. Kimchi is loaded with vitamins, but its biggest benefit is the “healthy bacteria”. It is a fermented food, which helps support a healthy digestive system.”

2. Leafy Greens
“You can never have enough leafy greens. I always make sure my fridge is stocked and always mix it up to make sure I am getting enough variety – spinach, kale, watercress, rocket… I’ll have a handful with eggs in the morning, throw some in a smoothie and make sure there is a pile on my plate at lunch and dinner. Green leafy vegetables are nutrient-dense, a vital source of antioxidants and full of fibre.”

3. Coconut oil
I opt for coconut oil when cooking, but also add a teaspoon to my coffee and smoothies, plus it’s a staple when I have the time to whip up healthy dessert alternatives. Coconut oil is also good for improving your immunity. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. I also keep a jar in the bathroom to remove make up, add to the ends of my hair and use as a moisturiser – bonus!”

4. Eggs
“Eggs are my go-to most mornings for breakfast, but also when things get busy… they are perfect to have around to cook up for dinner when I am feeling a little lazy or I am tired. Eggs are packed with protein and contain all nine essential amino acids. Make sure you eat the yolks because they contain all the healthy fats plus fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. I always opt for organic free-range eggs as happy chooks produce eggs higher in vital nutrients compared to their caged friends – organic eggs also have significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which will promote optimal brain health.”

5. Nutritional Yeast
“This type of yeast is deactivated, so it’s no longer alive like regular baker’s yeast. It doesn’t sound very appealing but it is delicious – its salty and slightly cheesy taste makes it a great alternative to cheese. I sprinkle the flakes or granules on so many things – anything savoury gets a dose of yeast. It’s a fantastic addition to steamed veggies, potatoes, soups or an omelette. I especially love it on our THR1VE Mexican Chilli. Nutritional yeast also contains an impressive list of vitamins and minerals that can boost your health including B vitamins like thiamine, folate, B6 and niacin as well as magnesium, copper, manganese and is a good source of dietary fibre. It will help boost energy and support immune function.”

6. 85% dark chocolate
“Last but not least – you can always find a little secret chocolate stash somewhere in my house. My go-to sweet treat is a some dark chocolate, almonds and blueberries with a cup of herbal tea. Cocoa contains flavanols that have beneficial effects on oxidative stress, inflammation and help produce beneficial stress responses (yay!). It’s important to remember not all chocolate is created equal and most products in the confectionary aisle are going to do more harm than good. Always opt for 85% cocoa content or above, the first ingredient should be cocoa. Enjoy in moderation.”
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