A peek inside nutritionist Mandy King's pantry - Munch Better

A peek inside nutritionist Mandy King's pantry

If you're anything like us, you subscribe to way too many emails...and there's never enough time to read them all. The one we always make time for? The Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) newsletter from nutritionist Mandy King. Her anecdotes and recipes inspire us to make simple switches to feel better (one recent example: seed cycling!). 

Here's a look at Mandy's gluten-free pantry: 

Mandy King pantry

What are your top five pantry items?

Coconut oil: I cook with this all the time, and have been making my “Bulletproof”-inspired hot chocolates (recipe below) with coconut oil. It’s such a craving buster because the healthy MCT fats help stabilize blood sugar and provide fuel right away.

Vanilla protein powder: Right now I’m using Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, but I switch it up between Genuine Health Fermented Protein and Vega Sport. I put them in my Flawless Start Smoothie.

Raw cacao: Raw cacao is my go-to energy booster, and I put it in snacks like energy bites, or in the hot chocolate recipe below. It’s super high in magnesium, too, which is a bonus!

Almonds: Almonds are a great snack, but lately I’ve been making my own almond mylk from scratch. You go through a lot of almonds doing this but the taste is sooooo much better.

Flaxseeds: These are actually in my freezer so they stay fresh, but still worth mentioning. Flax is an amazing source of fibre, so a tablespoon always goes into my smoothies, but ground flax seed can be put on top of salads like breadcrumbs, or be used instead of eggs (just look up a flax egg recipe).

What item might someone be surprised to find in your pantry?

Pumpkin seed butter - Not many people know you can buy pumpkin seed butter, but it’s an awesome alternative to almond butter, and tastes a little more like real butter.

Where do you shop for dried goods (e.g. flours, spices, grains, nuts)?

I shop a variety of places and it depends on the item. I get coconut oil, chia seeds, hemp hearts and a lot of my nuts at Costco. I get spices from Whole Foods, or a health food store that carries the Simply Organic line. I find those spices are a lot more fragrant and fresher than the McCormicks ones. 

What spice do you find yourself reaching for most?

Cinnamon, for sure. I put it in everything - smoothies, homemade lattes, energy bites.

What supplements do you take daily?

Vitamin D, probiotics, B Complex and Magnesium.

Bulletproof hot chocolate via Mandy King

Based on your pantry and staple fridge items, what's your favourite throw-together snack?

This wasn’t always my go-to, but lately I’ve been making this Homemade Hot Chocolate that is TO.DIE.FOR. You can either make your own almond mylk, or use a store bought one (though I prefer the homemade, hence the almonds in my pantry). Here's the recipe:

Place 1 cup almond milk + 1 cup water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. As it’s heating up, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 3 drops of liquid stevia (OR 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey). Once it’s about to boil, remove from heat and place in a blender, adding in 1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao. Blend and it will become frothy. Enjoy!!

Thanks, Mandy! 

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