Do you want to build up a beautiful, healthy whole food pantry but don’t really know where to start? Don’t stress, we’ve got the top tips and basics to get you started and on your way to a healthier home full of nutritious pantry staples.

 

FOCUS ON “REAL, WHOLE FOODS”

These are ingredients or products that are in their most pure and basic form, therefore retaining more goodness and nutrients than compared to those processed and refined packaged foods.

CLEAR OUT ALL THE NASTIES

Remove all the “bad” items that are currently in your pantry so you can start out fresh. That means all of the packaged refined and processed foods containing added preservatives, thickeners, firming agents, food acids and fillers, as well as processed foods high in sodium or sugar.

WRITE A SHOPPING LIST

Create a list of all the ingredients you need to help replace all the products you may have removed and pave way for better, healthier food options. To help you write up a list, download the Honest to Goodness Healthy Pantry Staples List here >>

DO YOUR RESEARCH

If you come across an interesting ingredient or product that you’ve never used before, look up more information about what it is, why it’s good for you and how you could use it in cooking. Our website is full of useful information, tips and recipes to help you out –www.goodness.com.au

CHOOSE ORGANIC FOOD

Source organic food wherever possible to ensure your food is pure, minimally processed, highly nutritious, contains no GMO’s or added nasties, and is sustainably sourced.

BUY YOUR FAVOURITE STAPLES IN BULK

This will save you money in the long run. Start off by stocking up big on a few of your favourite grains, legumes, spices, baking ingredients or tinned goods that are used quite regularly as you know they will all be used up eventually and not be wasted!

LOOK FOR “BPA-FREE” TINNED FOODS

Items such as coconut milk & cream, beans and tomatoes. (BPA is a toxic chemical that can filter into foods from the lacquer lining of tins, bottles or other containers made from plastic).

STORE YOUR FOOD AWAY PROPERLY

Store your dry goods in air tight containers and out of direct sunlight to help maintain the shelf life of your goods and reduce the risk of it spoiling. Glass jars and bottles are ideal reusable containers for your food, however you can source BPA free plastic containers from retailers such as Big W, Kitchen Warehouse, or other online stores. Head here for specific storage tips for various ingredients >>

KEEP YOUR PANTRY ORGANISED

Organise your pantry ingredients into categories so you remember where everything is kept. Label anything you put in containers, and even write down the best before date to keep track of it all.

 

TIME TO GET STARTED!

Stock up on all the healthy pantry whole foods that you need at our online store:




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Want to get festive with your food for Halloween but without the overdose of sugary sweets and candy this year?

We’ve done some searching for you and have made a list of great healthy Halloween recipe ideas! Check out these cool snacks and treats that are super easy to make and enjoy with the whole family, or that will help to cater for a spooky fun-filled Halloween party!

Witches Brew Breakfast Pudding

Witches Brew Breakfast Pudding

via healthfulpursuit.com

Spooky Black Bean Hummus

Spooky Black Bean Hummus

via blog.fatfreevegan.com

Creepy Smiles & Witches Fingers

Creepy Smiles & Witches Fingers

via fortheloveofcooking.com

Scary & Spicy Vegan Chilli

Scary & Spicy Vegan Chilli

via onegreenplanet.org

Banana Ghost Pops

Banana Ghost Pops

via nuggetmarket.com

Spooktacular Choc Mint Vegan Cheesecake

Halloween Choc Mint Vegan Cheesecake

via stockland.com.au

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

via onegreenplanet.org

Some whole food pantry essentials for these healthy Halloween recipes include:

 

For more healthy recipes to try out, check out our Organic Recipes page here >> www.goodness.com.au




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Put away the packet of biscuits and throw out your stash of chocolate!

You won’t need them anymore once you start prepping some easy, healthy homemade snacks made from real food and no nasties. Real whole foods are what keeps your belly feeling more satisfied and your body well energised.

Say goodbye to sugar crashes and hunger distractions throughout the working day -here is our simple list of must-have healthy snack options with recipes to keep ready for when you get the munchies…

1. Granola Bars

Homemade without all the added sugar and nasties that you find in the store-bought kind.

Puffed Buckwheat & Almond Butter Bars

Puffed Buckwheat & Almond Butter Bars | Honest to Goodness Recipe by Nourish Me Mum

2. Chia Puddings

Little pots of yummy goodness! Super quick to make ahead and simply store in the fridge.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding via minimalistbaker.com

3. DIY Trail Mix

No preparation required, simply pick your favourite organic ingredients!

How to Make a Perfect Trail Mix via thehealthychef.com

4. Seed Crackers

Tasty to nibble on alone or with a yummy dip! A great low salt, grain free option.

Gluten Free Nut & Seed Crackers

Nut & Seed Crackers (GF) | Honest to Goodness Recipe by Healthy Home Cafe

5. Homemade Hummus

A simple, satisfying dip to have with your crackers, flatbread or fresh veggie sticks. Try a out different flavour options to keep it interesting!

Homemade Hummus Dip

Homemade Hummus Dip (with extra flavour options) | Honest to Goodness Recipe

6. Grain-Free Flat Bread

A creative and delicious low carb alternative to regular bread!

Turmeric Cauliflower Flatbread

Turmeric Cauliflower Flatbread via blog.paleohacks.com

7. Bliss Balls

Bite-sized bundles of energy that you make using endless flavour combinations!

Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Bean Protein Balls

Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Bean Protein Balls | Honest to Goodness Recipe

 

Grab all the pantry staples you need to create these yummy healthy snacks! >> www.goodness.com.au




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1.  PAIR YOUR PASTA WITH HEALTHY ADD ON’S

Pasta is too often assumed as an “unhealthy” comfort meal, however it should be known that this idea is mostly linked to the addition of unhealthy pasta sauces or extra ingredients.

For healthy, wholesome sauce options: go for an organic tomato-based sauce or a light drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil with a range of herbs and/or spices. Then toss in some delicious vegetables – either roasted, steamed or fresh…as well as an optional extra source of protein!

Did you know: in a study of over 14,000 Italian participants it was found that there was no correlation between eating pasta and an unhealthy weight - it was the opposite: pasta consumption was actually linked to being slimmer. Pasta as a whole can be a great healthy staple, and it has been a part of Mediterranean diet for thousands of years.

 

2.  NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

Good quality pasta acts as a source of slow release complex carbohydrates (with a GI of around 36-42), allowing you to feel fuller for longer. Our new Organic Penne Pasta is made from ‘Sentatore Capelli’, a traditional Italian wheat variety used for artisan pastas which has never been genetically modified and is always grown organically. It’s naturally high in protein, has an array of beneficial minerals and good quality dietary fibre, with a very similar nutritional profile to quinoa!

 

3.  MODERATE YOUR PASTA SERVING

Enjoying healthy, organic pasta shouldn’t be any different to enjoying a serving of organic quinoa. Pasta is after all made from grain, making it energy-dense, and like all foods moderation is key to getting the most out of what you eat.

Try to aim for approximately one cup of cooked pasta (1/2 cup uncooked) per single serve, remember pasta is only meant to make up a small part of your dish. Anything else you add to the plate should be what completes the meal.

 

4.  GO TRADITIONAL

Traditional methods of making pastas in Italy include SLOW-DRYING AT A LOW TEMPERATURE (often dried for 30+ hours). This produces a fresher and much healthier pasta that retains the nutty flavour, aroma, as well as nutrients of the durum wheat. Many commercial pastas are quick-dried at a higher temperature (essentially baked), which change these properties significantly, therefore reducing the quality.

Cutting the pasta through BRONZE DIE EXTRUSION is the process that produces a rough and textured pasta surface, allowing it to hold pasta sauce much better. Commercial pasta makers tend to use less expensive Teflon dies which produce a slick surface causing the sauce to run off.

Commercial pasta vs. Traditional pasta (bronze extruded & slow dried)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELPFUL PASTA COOKING TIPS!

Cooking pasta is an art in itself and the team here at Honest to Goodness like it cooked ‘al dente’ (meaning to be firm “to the tooth”). This obviously leaves a slightly chewy texture in the pasta, which is a good thing because the chewing process aids digestion and helps the breaking down of starches.

Not only does the al dente method also help keep in all the goodness of the organic pasta, but it allows you to still taste the whole flavours of the durum wheat.

  1. Bring a pot of water (with pinch of salt) to boil on the stove.
  2. Cook pasta in the pot for 8 – 10 and test.
  3. Drain out the water once the pasta is cooked ‘al dente’.
  4. Do not rinse unless using the pasta for a cold salad. Optional: Reserve a little bit of the water for sauces.
+ Try out our delicious recipe for Penne Pasta with Vegan Cheesy Chickpea Crumble.

 

Have you seen our NEW Honest to Goodness Organic Pasta range?




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Organic Coconut Butter is an absolute Honest to Goodness favourite and we want to let everybody know why…

 

1. It’s made from 100% pure coconutty goodness.

Our Organic Coconut Butter is made purely from 100% certified organic coconut flesh! It contains all of coconut’s natural fibre, nutrients and healthy fats. Coconut Butter is different to coconut oil as the flesh and fat are blended together to form a rich, creamy texture.

2. Coconut Butter is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo & vegan! Plus it’s free from any added nasties or added sweeteners.

All of these qualities make Organic Coconut Butter fit for just about everyone!

3. Coconut Butter can be used as an ingredient for both sweet and savoury dishes.

Use Organic Coconut Butter in baking and raw desserts, substitute for nut butter, add it as a creamy coconut flavour in sauces or as a thickener in curries, blend it into a smoothie or drizzle over granola.

4. You can even use it to make coconut milk & cream.

Simply add (warm) water to coconut butter and…voila! You have back up coconut milk & cream.

To make COCONUT CREAM: Mix 2 parts coconut butter with 1 part water.

To make COCONUT MILK: Mix 1 part coconut butter with 2 parts water.

5. Coconut Butter tastes like absolute heaven!

This spread is not only nutritious, but seriously melt-in-your-mouth delicious!! It’s heavenly creamy and has the delightful sweet taste of coconut flesh. Be warned: spoonfuls of this stuff is highly addictive!

 

COCONUT BUTTER COOKING TIPS:

  • Depending on the climate of its environment, coconut butter can be smooth and soft, runny, crumbly, or rock hard! To melt hardened Organic Coconut Butter it just needs to be heated through gently: simply place your jar in a warm water bath (making sure it is sealed up properly) OR leave it out in the sun on your window sill OR place the jar in a warm (not hot) oven for a few minutes.
  • Oil separation of coconut butter occurs naturally. If a hard top layer of coconut oil forms, simply warm it using a method above and blend the oil back through the flesh with a spoon.
  • Do not use coconut butter for any high heat cooking or the flesh will burn – this includes the microwave!

 

 

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Do you love our Organic Coconut Butter? Please show your support by voting for it in the Organic Consumer Choice Awards! A vote will automatically put you in the draw to WIN over $1000 in organic prizes, including a Honest to Goodness Organic Hamper!

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Here at Honest to Goodness we have recently expanded our operation with the addition of more warehousing space. This will enable us to bring you more goodness and a more efficient service. Here is a little short video update on the move which took place in late August 2016.

For more about Honest to Goodness, our complete range, healthy recipes and more…head to www.goodness.com.au

 

 

 




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