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We all aspire to eat more healthily and adopt a lifestyle that is sustainable and offers us lots of energy and nutrients in return.

Becoming more aware of what we’re eating and where our food comes from is a worthwhile goal. And we all know that our body and digestion system will thank us for it for years to come.

Eating the alkaline way represents that easy route to a healthy lifestyle and continued wellbeing.

Choosing fresh fruit and vegetables - organic and in season whenever possible - and wholefoods that are as close to nature as possible will set us on the right path.

But cooking delicious alkaline recipes doesn’t have to be daunting.

The most important first step is knowing what foods to eat and ingredients to stock in your cupboard.

Here is the ultimate Honestly Healthy staple list:

1. Pulses
Butter beans (lima beans), chickpeas, puy lentils, split red lentils, beluga lentils

2. Flours
Buckwheat, chickpea, coconut, corn flour (cornstarch), ground almond (almond flour), millet, oat, potato, quinoa, rice, rye, tapioca, teff

3. Grains
Barley flakes, brown rice, jumbo rolled oats, millet flakes, pearl barley, popcorn kernels, red rice, sprouted wheat, unsweetened puffed rice, wild rice

4. Nuts and seeds
Almonds, brazils, caraway seeds, cashews, chestnuts, chia seeds, coconuts, fenugreek, flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemps seeds, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, quinoa, quinoa flakes

5. Butters
Almond, cashew, hazelnut, pumpkin, sunflower, toasted sesame, walnut, tahini

6. Oils
Coconut, hemp, olive, pumpkin, sunflower, toasted sesame, walnut

7. Condiments
Apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, bouillon powder, brown rice vinegar, Himalayan pink salt, Dijon mustard, miso paste, nutritional yeast, tamari

8. Herbs and spices
Allspice (ground), aniseed (ground), black onion seeds, cayenne pepper, celery seeds, coriander seeds and ground, curry powder, dried rosemary, fennel seeds, Garam masala (ground), ginger (ground), horseradish (ground), mustard seeds, root ginger, lemongrass, mixed spice (ground), smoked paprika, turmeric (ground)

9. Fresh herbs
Basil, bay leaf, coriander (cilantro), dill, mint, rosemary, parsley, tarragon, thyme

10. Natural sweeteners
Honey, agave syrup, brown rice syrup, cardamom, cinnamon (ground), coconut palm sugar, date syrup, nutmeg, dry unsweetened coconut, pomegranate molasses, raw cacao butter, raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, unemboshi plum purée, vanilla pod (bean) and extract, star anise, xylitol

11. Herbal teas and coffee alternatives
Chamomile, fennel, ginger, green tea, jasmine, mint, nettle, rooibos, pu’er, thyme, white tea, yerba mate, barley cup

12. Dried fruits and vegetables
Goji berries, apricots, kombu seaweed, nori seaweed, raisins, golden sultanas, shiitake mushrooms, unsweetened blueberries, unsweetened cranberries, wakame seaweed

13. Dried goods for baking
Baking powder, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), xantham gum, kuzu

14. Basis for everyday meals
Gluten-free pasta, black rice & buckwheat noodles, tofu, tempeh

15. Dairy-free products
Plant-based milks (almond, rice, oat, coconut), coconut milk yogurt

By Chantal Ouimet – Honestly Healthy online editor

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