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8 Foods I Always Have in My Pantry

03/15/2016 06:14pm ET | Updated March 15, 2017
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Wondering what I keep in my pantry? Wonder no more.

These are my Top 8 foods that are a must-have for every kitchen- including yours.

Rest assured, the following choices will serve you well.

1. Slow Cook Old Fashioned Oatmeal

Stuck for breakfast ideas? Oatmeal is ideal! (not the instant kind)

I make sure that I never run out of oatmeal. It's rich in protein, fiber, as well as iron - a nutrient many people are deficient in.

Oatmeal is also a higher volume food, so it fills you up. Top it with a little cinnamon and walnuts and you won't feel the least bit restricted. Oats are perfect for baking healthy treats like these blueberry muffins.

2. Chia Seeds

Struggling to get your omega-3 fatty acids in? Chia seeds make it easy. This seed is a terrific source of
. It provides an excellent dose of fiber too. It even offers a small dose of protein with the healthy fats it contains.

Try adding chia seeds on top of your bowl of oatmeal for super-star breakfast. Or, if you prefer, blend them into your favorite protein smoothie. I love them in chia pudding!

3. Quinoa

As the only grain to contain a
, quinoa is a popular pick for vegetarians. It's also showing promise in guarding in
.

Substitute quinoa whenever brown rice is called for.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the new superfood you can't ignore. It'll help boost your
and promote a stronger heart.

Coconut oil has a great many uses. It's great for stir-fries. Add it to your baking in place of regular oil. Slather it on your skin as a moisturizer, or even use it sooth a bug bite.

5. Almond Butter

Rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and protein, almond butter is the perfect spread!
suggest that regular nut eaters may also help lower their risk factor for diabetes. Smear it over a banana or apple or add it to your smoothie.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries! You can use it in both food
and household remedies.

Try it in salad dressings, on your skin, or taken before meals.

7. Black Beans

A complex carb that's great for long-lasting energy. Black beans are great for adding protein to your diet too. They'll help to support a healthy digestive tract and have even
. Try them in a healthy home-made chili using ground turkey rather than ground beef.

8. Dried Fruit And Nuts

Looking for the perfect snack mid-afternoon? Try some dried fruit and nuts. This combo has everything - healthy fats, lean proteins, fiber, and carbs. Just keep your portion size to a couple of handfuls.

So, those are the Top 8 foods I always keep in my pantry. Now, if you want more delicious ways to combine clean ingredients like these you should grab my Bikini Body Recipes book.