It happens to the best of us: Youâre hanging outÂ at home, and all of the sudden you’re hit with a âMust. Have. Food. Now!â momentâbut when you raid your pantry, all you find is some flour and a half-full bag of quinoa.
Arielle Haspel feels you. âI get so hangry,â says the health coach behindÂ Be Well With Arielle. âIf I donât eat every three hours, my blood sugar totally dips.â
But Haspelâa busy mom to seven-month-old Gemmaâhas hacked the common pantry conundrum. Instead, she stocks herÂ Manhattan apartment with ingredients full of protein and healthy fats to fuel her through even the craziest of days. âI need to snack on something really nourishing thatâs not only going to fill me up, but also give me energy,â she explains.
Her go-to snack hack? Â MaraNathaÂ almond and peanut butters. HaspelÂ loves spreadingÂ the organic raw almond butterÂ on apple slices or dipping celery in the creamy peanut butter. Plus, MaraNatha also comes in no salt and no sugarÂ varieties to help you reach your health #goals.
But the smart solutions don’t stop at what she’s eating. Clever storage and strategic organizationÂ for snacks (and other must-have ingredients) are part of the equation, tooâespecially for anyone used to small-space living. âI am a city girl,” Haspel says. “I was born and bred in Manhattan and I donât have any time to waste!â
Scroll down to find out how Haspel expertly stocks her pantryâand find out more about her genius snack recommendations.
Whatâs your food philosophy?
I call it âhealthified eating.â Itâs creating healthified versions of your favorite foods, so you never have to feel guilty or deprived.
How does thatÂ affect what you put in your pantry?
Perfect question! Thatâs exactly what my whole food philosophy is about. Itâs really based on being able to indulge in your favorite foods without feeling gross afterâso, itâs swapping out unhealthy ingredients for better versions. So in my pantry, I donât have any refined sugar…itâs all either maple syrup, honey, or coconut palm sugar. The flours I have in my pantry are almond flour, coconut, and brown rice flours. I typically donât have a lot of gluten, either. So, for example, when Iâm healthifying an Asian recipe, Iâll use tamari which is wheat-free.
What are your pantry essentials?
Sea salt because it adds so much flavor to a dish without making you feel thirsty after. It also adds a lot of minerals to the food, which helps you feel good, too.
It looks like your pantry has separate sections?
Yes, itâs divided into three different categories. We have cooking items on the bottom, snacking in the middle, and baking on top. The cooking materials are on the bottom so theyâre closer to the stove, which makes them easily accessible.
I spy some cookbooks, too.
Yeah, I actually donât really use cookbooks, but I have them there just in case. A lot of these are actually baby food books. Iâm getting inspiration from those because Iâm just starting to feed my baby solid foods.
Letâs talk about your snacks shelf.
Yes, itâs all about snacks and on-the-go items. Iâm pretty busy, and as a new mom I need to nourish myself super fast. So Iâll grab a protein bar or a rice cake and spread some organic raw, unsweetened almond butter on it, and Iâll literally run out of the door. I also keep super easy snacks like almonds, pistachios, and unsweetened coconut. I really love making my own trail mix, and Iâll use those items along with a little unsweetened cacao nibs and sea salt. Itâs so delicious!
Speaking of the MaraNatha nut butters, what are your favorite ways to use them?
I cook with them, as well as snack with them. For snacks, Iâll spread the organic raw, unsweetened almond butter onto a pear or an apple and Iâll sprinkle on a little bit of cinnamon. And when I cook, I love making almond butter sauces. I love making Asian dishes, and Iâm planning to open a restaurant next year with those recipes. Mixing the raw, unsweetened creamy almond butter with tamari and sesame oil makes some really great sauces.
What are those packets on the right?
Those are actually individually-portioned chia seed and collagen protein powder packets, which are really convenient. Iâll sprinkle them onto my snacks, or sometimes Iâll take them to the juice shop and add them to my smoothie so I wonât have to pay extra for that topping.
Your pantry is so efficient.
It has to be! New York is so hectic that I need to keep my home and my pantry as clean and zen as possible, which helps keep me focused. Itâs not this clean all the time, I will admit. But when it is, I can take a deep breath and focus on the things that matter to me like creating a delicious meal for me and my family.
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