A list of my own cupboard essentials

There is a balance to be found between eating good natural healthy food and enjoying yourself. Here is some information to help you make decent choices when it comes to your health. You’ll need cupboards full of good, basic, non-perishable ingredients and a freezer stocked with a few key ingredients so you can create a healthy tasty meal at any point!

If you need help finding any of these products, try your local health food store and/or a local farmers market





extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, real butter



Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar



Tamari (wheat free soya sauce), mustard, fish sauce



Sea salt, black peppercorns



Oranges, apples, avocados, lemons, limes, dates, dried apricots



Onions, sweet potato, carrots



Dried oregano, dried bay leaves, keffir lime leaves, herb de Provence, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried dill, dried basil



Garlic, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, dried chillies, whole nutmeg, ground cinnamon, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, turmeric, cayenne pepper, cumin seeds, garam masala, curry powder, smoked paprika



Organic – no need to keep them in fridge



Coconut flour, ground almonds



Maple syrup, raw honey, coconut palm sugar


Other Baking

Raw cacao powder, baking soda, vanilla extract


Tins & Jars

Tomatoes, coconut milk, chickpeas, cannellini beans, kidney beans, butter beans, curry paste, tinned salmon/mackerel/sardines, olives, capers, tomato purée, sauerkraut.


Grains & Legumes

Oats, millet, quinoa, brown rice, lentils


Nuts & Seeds

Unroasted/unsalted almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds


Stock (if not home made)

Organic chicken, vegetable and beef stock cubes (without MSG)



(Preferably home made) Natural yoghurt



Nettle, mint, green, chamomile, ginger lemon, rooibos



Peas, broccoli (mixed veg), mixed berries, chicken, red meat, fish, prawns, home made stock & soups, patties


Happy shopping and stocking :)

If you would like to discuss any of this information with me, please do get in touch.




Real butter is good for you in moderation and can actually help with weight loss.

Saturated fats have a bad reputation these days but truth is our bodies need saturated fats to function properly. 
Saturated fats :
1. help raise "good" cholesterol which helps weight loss and can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Help calcium absorption for healthy bones
3. Help protect the liver from medicines and alcohol 
4. Help our brains function and repair 
5. Contributes to a healthy immune system

So it's time to throw out the unhealthy margarine with "trans fats" that are causing so many health issues in the world today and go back to buying good old butter from grass fed cows