ExecutiveChronicles.com | Healthy Pantry Essentials for Every Filipino Home | A kitchen is a wonderful place. It is where the magic happens. What you prepare in your kitchen gives you and your family the nourishment that your body needs to function properly and stay healthy.
Keeping your kitchen pantry stocked with healthy cooking ingredients is a must. You must be mindful of what you buy and keep to ensure that you only use high-quality and natural ingredients. More and more Filipinos are becoming more conscious of the things that they cook, and they try to avoid putting junk in the meals that they prepare. Local and natural ingredients are now preferred over artificial and imported products that are loaded with preservatives.
Stocking your kitchen pantry with these healthy ingredients will help ensure that your meals are not only delicious but are healthy as well. Here are some things that you should always have ready in your pantry.
It ain’t a Filipino home if it got no rice. Rice is a staple in every Filipino household. You eat rice twice to thrice a day, so it is important to constantly stock your pantry with this basic food. A meal is not fully complete without a bowl of steaming, white rice. Store rice in a sealed and dry plastic container. Ensure that you always have rice for your daily meals. Instead of white rice, you can also choose from brown, red, or black rice, all of which are healthier than plain white rice. Brown rice, for example, has more fiber and has a higher amount of protein. Black rice, on the other hand, has the highest antioxidant content among all types of rice. Red rice is also packed with flavonoid antioxidants which can help reduce inflammations in your body.
Onion and Garlic
You probably use onion and garlic in almost everything that you cook, as well as in the sauces and dips that you sometimes make. Onions and garlic do not just make your food smell good and delicious. Onions are great sources of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. Garlic, on the other hand, is great sources of vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, thiamin, phosphorus, and potassium. Aside from making your food tastier, onions and garlic are also known to help lower blood pressure levels and cholesterol.
If you are worried about buying them in stock, know that onions and garlic are easy to store. You can simply place them in a basket on your counter. You can also keep them in your refrigerator. You can buy them cheaper if you buy them in kilograms in your nearest public market. They will last a long time, so you do not have to worry about buying (and saving!) in bulk.
A bottle of vinegar is a must in every kitchen. Not only is vinegar used in cooking, but it is also used as a condiment, as well as a natural cleaning agent. Vinegar is effective in cleaning your kitchen countertops, floors, toilets, tubs, and can help remove stains and smell from your laundry.
For dips, most people prefer Pinoy spiced vinegar. It combines different spices, such as ginger, garlic, chili, and soaks them in the vinegar for days. Spiced vinegar can bring out the flavors of meat, such as chicken and pork.
Vinegar is more than just flavoring for food, dips for your BBQ, and natural cleaning agent. The benefits of white vinegar include weight management, lower cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, and antimicrobial properties. If you are using coconut vinegar, the added benefits include probiotics, polyphenols, fighting diabetes, better digestion, and stronger immunity,
If you have vinegar in your home, you cannot survive without its partner: your trusty bottle of soy sauce. This condiment is made from soybeans, roasted grain, brine, and a type of mold or yeast that is used to ferment the soybeans and grains. Soy sauce is used to add flavor to food and as a condiment as well. Most of the time, soy sauce is mixed with Pinoy spiced vinegar to make mouth-watering dips for BBQs and grilled meat.
Soy sauce is also known to help reduce allergies, improve digestion, and reduce blood pressure. It also has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. However, it is important to use soy sauce in moderation because of its high sodium content.
Though olive oil may be more expensive than regular cooking oil, more and more households choose it for its health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties, high antioxidant content, and can help prevent stroke. Some people even drink it directly to help relieve constipation, help stabilize sugar, reduce the risk of heart disease, and meet the daily recommended healthy fat intake. Aside from cooking, olive oil can also be used as dressing for salads and pasta.
Eggs are versatile. Cook it by itself or add some meat and veggies for an omelet. You can cook eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, making them a must-have for your kitchen pantry. Plus, they can last for a week or two when stored in the refrigerator. Eggs can come in handy when you need to cook something quick, but packed with nutrients.
There are other items that you can add to your pantry. Make sure to store them properly for longer shelf life and regularly check the labels for their expiration dates.