We Snooped In A Dietitian's Pantry And This Is What It Looked Like
And it's far less fancy -- or exxy -- than you'd think.
If you've ever wondered what the healthiest of the healthy chow down on in their own home, when nobody's watching, then you're in luck.
We asked HelloFresh Head of Culinary and dietitian Hannah Gilbert for a peek inside her pantry, and there wasn't an expensive, newfangled and hard-to-find superfood in sight.
Instead her shelves were lined with uncomplicated, readily-available and easy-to-cook-with ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen. Score.
Not only are they nutritious, they're cheap as chips ... not that there were any chips, deep-fried or otherwise, involved we're afraid.
Here's what you need to eat like a dietitian.
Think of oats as your pantry's Most Valuable Player -- they're 100 percent whole grain, contain essential vitamins and minerals and are hugely versatile.
They go wayyy beyond just porridge, and can be added to muffins, cakes and biscuits as a fibre booster which can help to lower cholesterol re-absorption.
They're also a healthy substitute for breadcrumbs in things like meatballs -- bet you've never tried that, hey?
Plus, according to Gilbert, you don't have to shell out for anything fancy, organic or ‘steel cut’ -- whatever that means.
"Any regular rolled oats fit the bill. Keep in mind though that quick-oats have a higher GI than regular oats, and therefore won’t keep you full for quite as long," Gilbert told 10 daily.
Home Brand oats it is, then.
Nuts and seeds
Gilbert is nuts about nuts, and for good reason. They're high in 'healthy' fats, protein, vitamins and antioxidants, and are perfect just as a snack, or you can chuck them in your brekky, salad or baked goods.
Buuuuuut your fave salted beer nuts don’t quite fit the bill ...
"The best option for nuts is the unsalted variety. Opt for raw or roasted and leave the salted ones for special occasions!" Gilbert said.
Legumes is a fancy catch-all word for things like beans (black, kidney, butter), lentils, peas, chickpeas and soy food, which are all little nutritional powerhouses. They're low in saturated fat, low GI -- to keep you full for longer -- and high in resistant starch which helps keep your gut happy.
Canned or dry, they’re super cheap and a very convenient way to bulk out meals -- it really is as simple as chucking a handful into your fave meals like bolognese, chilli con carne, nachos, or even burger patties.
Frozen berries and veggies
Let's bust this myth once and for all: frozen veggies are just as -- or even more -- nutritious as fresh veggies.
Instead of losing nutrients sitting on the supermarket shelf, the nutrients in frozen veg like peas, beans, corn and even spinach are locked in.
Gilbert likes to keep a variety of frozen goodies on hand, and enjoys blitzing berries into a smoothie -- "they act a bit like ice but with way more flavour!"
The old desk or school lunch staple, tinned fish, might seem a bit ho-hum but a can of tuna and salmon can go a long way in bumping up our required thrice-weekly dose of protein and omega-3.
Trying adding your fave fish to salads, pastas, wraps or a classic sambo.
Feature image: Instagram/@theconniediaries.