Read on for EnduraQ’s top picks for the most essential items in a healthy pantry. Stock up on these nutritious basics and never fall victim to an unhealthy last minute meal again.
Canned or Jarred Tuna and SalmonTuna and salmon are great sources of protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritional value aside, they are inexpensive, convenient, and last a long time in the pantry. Oil-packed varieties are great, but choosing a water-packed option will save on calories. We love the Vital Choice brand for the best wild and organic seafood, sustainably harvested from healthy, well-managed fisheries and farms.
AlmondsAlmonds are a superstar pantry food for countless reasons. This heart-healthy nut has endless culinary uses, from salad to almond butter and everything in between. In comparison to the other nuts, almonds have the most fiber, protein, and calcium, in addition to having one of the longest shelf lives (about 1-2 years).
Quinoa is another great staple that lasts 2-3 years in the pantry and has tons of culinary uses. It's one of the quickest grains to cook, meaning you can prepare this complete protein (it contains all nine essential amino acids) in under 15 minutes. Just one cup of cooked quinoa provides 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein for just 222 calories. As if we needed another reason to love quinoa, the iron and B vitamins it contains will give you an energy boost.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
A cornerstone of one of the healthiest diets in the world (the Mediterranean diet), no kitchen is complete without some organic, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. While you should be careful to use it in moderation at a whopping 120 calories per tablespoon, EVOO is a good fat with endless health benefits. High in antioxidants, it reduces the oxidative damage caused by free radicals and has been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. Even more great news for all of us EnduraQ users, pairing high-antioxidant foods with EnduraQ supplementation will even further increase its absorption, thus increasing the benefits you experience. More fat burned, faster metabolism, even more exercise endurance and even shorter recovery time? Yes, please!