I’ve got a highly requested blog coming at you today – our healthy pantry swaps.

Below are a few of the foods that my family and I have grown to really love and these days actually prefer over the foods that we used to consume a few years ago. We didn’t change everything at once though, each swap took time and as I researched more and more about what was actually in the foods we were eating, the change happened quite naturally. I do believe that for most ingredients and/ or meals, there is a healthier alternative just waiting to be discovered. If after reading this post, you decide that you’d like to give just one of these swaps a try, then you are well and truly on your way to better health & happiness –

FLOUR ALMOND MEAL OR BUCKWHEAT FLOUR

I use Almond Meal as a substitute to Plain Flour in a lot of recipes such as fritters, the base of a quiche, cookies, banana breads, muffins etc.

CORNFLOUR TAPIOCA FLOUR (ARROWROOT)

We mostly follow a paleo-based diet, so prefer to use Tapioca Flour as it is grain free and gluten-free.

SUGAR RICE MALT SYRUP OR STEVIA

I’ve been using either Rice Malt Syrup or Stevia as a sugar alternative for years. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar therefore you don’t need to use as much plus Stevia doesn’t add calories, affect blood sugar level or insulin levels or contribute to dental cavities.

COCOA POWDER CACAO POWDER

Cacao Powder is a powerhouse as far as ingredients are concerned. It has 40x the antioxidants of blueberries, it is the highest plant-based source of iron, it’s full of magnesium, has more calcium than cow’s milk and naturally lifts mood and acts as an anti-depressant.

PEANUT BUTTER ALMOND SPREAD

The most noted benefit here is that Almond Spread contains no nasty additives or preservatives like a lot of commercial Peanut Butters do.

OLIVE OIL COCONUT OIL

We only use Coconut Oil for cooking because Olive Oil becomes rancid when exposed to high temperatures. We still use Olive Oil for salad dressings etc.

SOY SAUCE TAMARI SAUCE OR COCONUT AMINOS

Tamari Sauce contains less salt than Soy Sauce whilst Coconut Aminos has the same great taste, however it is also soy free, gluten-free, low GI and packed with minerals, vitamin C and B vitamins.

PASTA CHICKPEA PASTA OR MUNG BEAN FETTUCINE

Chickpea and Mung Bean Pasta are packed with protein. They are also low GI and gluten-free as well.

GRAIN CRACKERS SEED CRACKERS

We use the Carmans Seed Crackers as they are gluten-free, vegan and contain no nasty ingredients.

WEETBIX VITA BRITS

This may surprise you because it sure as heck surprised me when I decided to compare the labels but Vita Brits contains no added sugar – Weetbix does. Making the switch was a no-brainer for us because of this. I don’t actually eat Vita Brits, Simon does.

SULTANAS GOJI BERRIES

Goji Berries offer a lot of additional health benefits such as high antioxidants, immune support, healthy skin and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels.

TABLE SALT HIMALAYAN ROCK SALT

Pink Himalayan Salt contains several minerals not found in regular table salt including calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

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