From ordinary to extraordinary. A look inside a Naturopathic Doctors Pantry, by Rachel Schwartzman #wellbeingwednesday

What does a Naturopath have in their cupboard? I am often asked this question! So, for today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip I am sharing with you my favorite pantry items, that will turn any meal from ordinary to extraordinary.

Red apples and peanut butter for snack, selective focus.

Nut Butters: My kids are obsessed with nut butters. They literally eat it off the spoon. It also gets topped onto apples, pears, rice cakes and toast. High in fats and proteins, and low in sugars, these are a great way to fill little bellies. I only buy natural nut butters and recommend avoiding all hydrogenated oils and added sugars.

hemp seeds and hearts in a rustic wooden scoop

Hemp Hearts. These tiny seeds are highly nutritious and come from the inside of the hemp seed, hence the name “heart”. They are rich in Omega 3’s, one of our essential fatty acids, and are an excellent source of protein and fiber. I blend them into smoothies, top them onto oatmeal, cereal and even salads. I also have a variety of other nuts and seeds such as; almonds, walnuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

Organic Healthy Assorted Dried Fruit on a Plate

Dried Fruit. Along with our mixed nuts we like to add in dried fruit. Big hits in our house are apricot, mango, cranberries and apples. I add them to oatmeal to avoid sugar and still have natural sweetness or add a few to a mixed bag of nuts. We want dried fruit to be organic, as the commercial varieties have sulfites added to them, a chemical used to maintain their colour.

popcorn in a pan on a blue background, closeup

Popcorn Kernels: Stove top popcorn is our quick and healthy afternoon snack, perfect for feeding a table full of hungry children. Avoid microwavable bags, they are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical that lines the inside of the bags and is both a toxic agent and carcinogen. A quick stove top method is; heat 1 heaping tbsp of coconut oil in a covered pot. Add in 1/3 cup non-gmo corn kernels and in less than a minute they are all popped perfectly. Now that’s how you make popcorn.

pieces of dark chocolate stacked on grunge background

Dark Chocolate: This is one of our best natural sources of antioxidants and magnesium. Make sure you purchase pure cacao. I blend the powder into smoothies, sprinkle onto oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit. I also have cacao nibs that equally gets topped onto everything! Another option is dark chocolate that is 70% or higher and eat a few squares per day. You can never go wrong with chocolate. Phew.

No Sweet Food, An Illustration of Forbidden or Prohibition Sign on Different Types of Snack and Sweet Food, Popcorn, Popsicles, Lollipops, Chocolate, Candies and Potato Chips

No junk: What we don’t have is processed foods or a junk cupboard. These food items can be costly and is usually where the preservatives and additives lie. We have kettle or tortilla chips and some fig or granola bars. These are some quick go to snacks when we have to grab something quickly, and are a healthy treat alternative.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my pantry. Maybe next week I’ll share what’s in my fridge.  Have a great week.

Rachel_Schwartzman_HSRachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at

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