A few weeks ago, I did a poll over on Instagram Stories asking if I should bring the weekly “WellnessWednesdays” tips that I’ve been doing on Instagram, to the blog! I was blown away because 100% of you said yes, I was so happy about that! Health and wellness are huge parts of my life and I love sharing my favorite wellness tips on this blog and on social media. We are also working on something very exciting within the realm of health & wellness that will be launching soon. Hint hint: ebook!!!! I will definitely be talking about it much more soon but today am going to be sharing 3 of my recent #WellnessWednesday tips. Today’s tips will be a mixture of items you can add to your pantry as healthy substitutes to items that might not be so great for you. These three items are staples in my pantry and are things I ALWAYS have on hand. If you haven’t tried any of the items below, I am seriously excited for you to do so.
I feel like there is a misconception that when you are dairy and gluten free, or even when you choose to nourish your body with healthy foods, that everything you eat has to taste bad. To this I say, IT’S ISN’T TRUE! Try adding these three items below into some of your meals and you might just start to agree with me. 😉
Can I just say… THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS STUFF. I literally put it on everything. Salads, soups, eggs, meat, EVERYTHING. I have a serious love for nutritional yeast and I don’t care who knows it!!! Okay, before I get ahead of myself let me fill you in on what it is. Nutritional yeast is basically an amazing alternative to cheese for those of us who don’t eat dairy (or want to limit dairy). It is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein, and has a very parmesan cheese-like flavor. Unlike the many “dairy free cheese” alternatives out there that are actually packed with packaged crap, this stuff is all natural and good for your bod!
The first place I started using nutritional yeast was in a cashew cheese sauce, and I was blown away. I tried Kris Carr’s cashew cheese sauce recipe on top of some lentil pasta and was so happy about how much it tasted like my favorite mac n’ cheese! I also use nutritional yeast all the time as an addition to whatever I’m eating. I keep it in a shaker and treat it exactly like I used to treat shredded parmesan. Give it a try and let me know what you think!!
Are you a huge fan of teriyaki but don’t love the fact that it often times has gluten and preservatives in it? Do you love making yummy stir fries and asian inspired dishes? I’ve got ya, girl! What exactly is this coconut amino sauce you might be wondering? Coconut amino sauce is actually the sap made from coconut trees. It has a sweet flavor, very similar to the taste of teriyaki sauce and is fermented and then blended with sea salt to create a sweet and savory flavor. Coconut aminos are also low on the glycemic index, meaning that they don’t spike your blood sugar. Like I said, I use this all the time when cooking in the skillet, on salads, etc. I also love the garlic flavor!
Finally, liquid aminos! This stuff is comparable to soy sauce but again is clean, healthy, and gluten free! It is made with only soy and water as opposed to soy sauce that usually has lots of other bad ingredients. It is composed of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. I would say to go light on it when you are first trying it out though, because it is very salty! I like to mix a tiny bit into my salad and then dilute it with tons of olive oil to create an asian inspired dressing.
There you have it, these are three of my favorite pantry staples that I am constantly adding into recipes! Have you tried any of them before? If so, I would love to hear what you thought!!
Thanks for stopping my first #WellnessWednesday blog post, I’m pretty darn excited for this new series!