You'd be surprised at what you'd find if you did an inventory of your pantry.
It's one of those storage areas of your house that collects a lot of different food items — some of which you forgot you even had.
While you may toss out some items that no longer fit with your health and fitness goals, you can re-stock it with Paleo-friendly items that you'll actually use.
Whether you want to start a new diet for the New Year or change your eating habits altogether, going Paleo has a number of benefits.
Plus, you'll feel amazing once you cut out many of the unhealthy foods you may be used to. You'd be surprised at how much sugar and saturated fat you consume on a daily basis without even knowing it!
Here's a look at just some of the things that should be in your pantry (and there are plenty of others).
Baking soda and baking powder: You'll need both
Dark chocolate: Get dark chocolate that is made up primarily of cacao and can be chopped up to use for baking. You should also have 100% cacao chips on hand.
Coconut flour: Coconut flour is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, and has a rich coconut flavor.
Other items: Honey and almond meal.
Pumpkin puree: Be careful — pure pumpkin puree is not the same as pie filling.
Tuna: Canned tuna is not only convenient, but also rich in selenium, omega-3s, and protein.
Salmon: Salmon's many benefits have been widely discussed and, like canned tuna, canned salmon is all about convenience.
Other items: Sardines, clams and oysters.
Olive oil: The versatility of olive oil cannot be overstated, and it's a must-have in your pantry.
Salt: Real salt is different than sodium chloride and contains a wide array of trace minerals. Plus, it's more flavorful than sodium chloride.
Peppercorns: If you need salt, you also need pepper; at least most of us do.
Tomato paste: Tomato paste is often handier than crushed tomatoes because crushed tomatoes produce an excess of liquid that can dilute dishes.
Other items: Apple cider vinegar, coconut milk, bone broth, avocado oil, seafood broth, and much more.
Garlic powder: It's helpful to have garlic powder around, especially when you don't want the hassle of working with real garlic at the end of a long day.
Turmeric: Turmeric tastes good, and is very healthy.
Cayenne: You need to have cayenne on hand when you're looking to add some heat to your food.
Other items: Cumin, cinnamon sticks and Italian herb blend.
Macadamia nuts: Macadamia nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats, low in toxins, and taste great.
Beef jerky: Eating dried meat has been part of the human existence since, well, forever.
Brazil nuts: Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium and taste great.
Other items: Dates, bison bars, coconut butter and EXO bars.
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