We’ve already taken a look into what Hayley Pedrick, nutritionist at Harley Street’s The Nutrition Coach, eats on a typical day so we thought we should also take a peek into her cupboards. Warning, there’s no crisps, emergency Twirls or even a naughty jar of jam in sight!
So Hayley, what are your top ten kitchen cupboard essentials and why?
- Marigold Swiss Bouillon (reduced salt) –this makes such a lovely base for soups and stews and what’s more, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and has reduced salt.
- Vegan pesto – I get mine from Meridian or Sacla. I prefer to minimize the amount of dairy I eat as I feel it’s over-consumed and there’s a raft of potential issues that can come with eating dairy. Pesto is your quick-fix tasty solution as it great as a spread or on salmon or pasta.
- Buckwheat pasta / soba noodles – these are a low GI alternative to things like rice, wheat or corn and best of all, they’re also gluten-free.
- Quinoa, millet, amaranth, wild and brown rice (yes, Hayley snuck FIVE ingredients into this point!) – again, these are all good staples to have in your cupboard as they’re versatile, gluten-free and full of nutrients.
- Beluga lentils – I get the pre-prepared ones from Merchant Gourmet which are great if you live a busy London life. These bulk out stews, soups and can be served on their own with meat or veg.
- Raw cacao – everyone should have raw cacao in their cupboards! You can make your own hot chocolate and add it to homemade seed and nut bars.
- Nuts & Seeds – I keep a big stash of nuts at home, mainly cashews, macadamias, pecans etc and always pumpkins and sunflower seeds as these go into my smoothies and as salad toppers.
- Ground flax – most of my smoothies contain ground flax, it’s a nice omega supplement, calming, calming and good for digestion. It’s also got the benefit of keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt – you may think it’s no different to normal salt but it’s got a broader mineral spectrum, it’s cleaner and free from nasties.
- Olives – you may not know this but olives are a great anti-inflammatory and a source of omegas. If you’re in need of a snack when you’re out and about or take a lunchbox to work, these make a top snack.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil – these, especially coconut oil, have a raft of uses. For example, as well as including it in your food, you can put it on hair, use it as make-up cleaner etc.
- Bee pollen – have these on oats in the morning or on top of salads. They’ll give your immune system a boost and they’re high in vitamin B. My kids even invent their own healthy creations and one of their favourites is nut butter topped with bee pollen.
NOTE: Maybe due to time constraints of maybe because Hayley was mentally going through all her shelves but it was like someone had pressed the fast forward button – there was a lot to capture… so much so, that our list went beyond the promised ten… I’m sure you won’t mind.
Hayley Pedrick is a nutritionist with The Nutrition Coach, specializing in nutrition for fertility, endometriosis, acne, eczema, IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. She is also one of a panel of health advisors for luxury health concierge collaboration, Suavon & One Hundred Years. She is often found wearing brightly coloured outfits and drinking Pukka teas.