What's in nutritionist Michelle Tirmandi's pantry? - Munch Better

What's in nutritionist Michelle Tirmandi's pantry?

You know that person whose skin and hair you can't stop admiring? That's our friend Michelle Tirmandi, a holistic nutritionist who specializes in online nutrition programs. Her latest is the Radiate & Revitalize Detox, which helps you feel lighter and more energized after holiday gluttony. 

In the hopes of getting Michelle's glow, we asked her about her pantry staples and favourite things to eat. 

 (Photo credit: Carmen Cheung Photography)

What are your top five pantry items? 
Steel-cut oats, raw honey, quinoa, nutritional yeast, and black beans. But it's hard to narrow it down - I use Medjool dates, cumin, cinnamon, and sea salt a lot, too.

What item might someone be surprised to find in your pantry
Hmmm, good question. Probably popcorn kernels! We often make stovetop popcorn when we're craving something salty!

Where do you shop for dried goods (e.g. flours, spices, grains, nuts)?
I shop at The Big Carrot because it's close to home, but I usually pick up the essentials in Kensington Market. 

What spice do you find yourself reaching for most? 
I'm slightly obsessed with cumin. Sea salt is something I use often too.
Any pantry/cupboard organization tips? 
Oh boy. I would say adding my pantry staples to glass jars makes me more likely to use them. Sometimes if the pantry gets disorganized, I'll forget I have a certain spice or item and end up buying another one when I already have it at home hidden in the back of the cupboard. I once found myself with three cartons of organic molasses - oops!

Based on your pantry and staple fridge items, what's your favourite throw-together snack? 
I love avocado on brown rice cakes with sea salt, hemp hearts, and chilis. I also love an apple or banana cut up with nut butter.

I've also been making hemp matcha lattes a lot lately: Mix 2 tbsp of hemp hearts with 1/4 cup of cold water in a high-powered blender. Next, in a separate bowl or mug, add 1.2 tsp of matcha powder and 3/4 cup of boiling water and stir or whisk until the powder blends with the water (there may still be some clumps, which is okay). Lastly, add the matcha mixture and 1 tsp coconut oil and 1/2 tsp honey to the blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds until everything is mixed together. 
Matcha hemp latte
What's your favourite throw-together meal?
I love a simple pesto and brown rice pasta or a baked sweet potato with guacamole and hemp hearts. Both are super simple and highly satisfying!

Thanks, Michelle! 

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