There’s no doubt about it. When I first received the beautiful Wholefoods For Children, by Jude Blereau in the mail about three years ago I had pretty much NO IDEA what half the ingredients in the book were.
It put me off starting down the path of whole foods eating, to be truthful.
I had no idea where to source these foods and thought the cost was going to be very prohibitive. Could someone please tell me what spelt flour was and what the hell is dulse flakes and back then coconut oil was a totally foreign ingredient to me.
When I tell you I was a newbie – I was a newbie! So I thought I’d help the other beginners out there with a little list of my new pantry staples. These are things I reach for all the time. Of course there is more in my pantry – but if you want the staples, here they are!
When the budget permits – macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts
Wholemeal spelt flour
White spelt flour
Besan (chickpea) flour
Desiccated or shredded coconut
Aluminium free baking powder
Apple Cider Vinegar
Cold-pressed organic olive oil
Coconut milk and coconut cream
Maple Syrup (when on special!)
Dark chocolate (ALWAYS!)
Sulphite-free dried fruit including dates, dried apricot and sultanas (read this article for more info)
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