Can you give your meals a health kick by refreshing a few small ingredients in your kitchen cupboards? Nutritionist and fitness instructor Cassandra Barns says ‘yes’
- Throw out your vegetable oils
Instead of using vegetable oil, try using organic ghee instead. Made from butter, ghee is rich in vitamins and a healthy fat for cooking at high temperatures.
- Replace your tinned tuna with mackerel
Tinned mackerel is super-high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the brain, heart, joints and skin. In comparison, tinned tuna contains hardly any of these health-boosting fats.
- Make Porridge a staple
Porridge oats are a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B1, magnesium, iron, manganese and zinc. These have many vital roles in the body, including supporting energy.
- Spice it up
Spices can have many health benefits: turmeric and ginger are great for the joints, and cumin and cardamom can aid digestion, so make sure you always have plenty to hand when cooking.
- Pack in plenty of beans and pulses
Beans, lentils and chickpeas have a lot going for them as a cupboard staple. They’re a great way to quickly and easily add some extra protein to salads, soups, stews and even stir-fries, and they’re a particularly important source of protein if you’re vegan or vegetarian.