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Raw food pantry essentials

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 18th, 2013

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It can be quite intimidating to keep a raw food pantry stocked–especially when you’re first starting out.  Meghan Pearson stopped by to share her favourite raw food pantry essentials.

  • Apple cider vinegar: It is raw and unpasteurized, and packs a punch of health benefits.  Pearson recommends taking it with water first thing in the morning, similar to lemon water, and it is alkalizing and soft on the body.
  • Organic hemp protein: This is a non-gritty product that can be added to protein shakes and smoothies–an easy way to get the required amount of daily protein.
  • Chia seeds: You can get them in whole and sliced varieties, and is perfect for incorporating into raw puddings.  Pearson says the sliced variety makes it more bio-available and is an excellent superfood.
  • Raw cacao nibs: You can use these interchangeably with chocolate chips, Pearson says.  Simply add them to your favourite raw snacks and desserts.
  • Coconut oil: You can use it virtually anywhere from hair to skin to food!
  • Lucuma powder: This all-natural ingredient is a Peruvian fruit that’s ground up into a powder.  It acts as a natural sweetener, but is low on the glycemic index.
  • Almonds: A versatile ingredient in the kitchen, and high in vitamin E.  Pearson warns to make sure they come in their rawest form.
  • Nutritional yeast: A perfect item to have on hand for flavouring.  It is a raw yeast that acts similarly to cheese.

Take a look at the segment below:

Have you tried any of the above ingredients in your recipes? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Comments

  • jacquie van says:

    I am not foodie… just another Mom who is trying to feed her family healthy food, battle the bulge around my middle and boost my energy level.

    I recently had the opportunity to get to know Meghan… Her knowledge is extensive, her passion is infectious and she has inspired me. I have purchased her book and the recipes that I have tried have been easy and delicious. I now incorporate some of the raw food pantry ingredients in my other everyday cooking and we are now eating more vegetables.

    Thank you Meghan Pearson!!!

  • Winston Sih says:

    Glad you enjoyed the segment!

    Cheers,
    Winston Sih
    Digital Media Producer-Correspondent

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