Most families have special recipes passed down to them from one generation to another.
These recipes each have a particular food or ingredient, without which it wouldn’t be great or special.
Perhaps the most common thread that runs through most recipes, is that they were made with love and are reminiscent of the family kitchen.
Speaking of kitchens, what was your granny’s kitchen was like?
Are there any special superfoods she swore by that would never miss from her pantry?
For most grannies, you can tell by their beautiful skin, bright eyes, and white hair that they definitely had some healthy living secrets, most of them drawn from their diets.
What’s more, they didn’t get these secrets from books or magazine articles, or talk shows like Oprah, but it’s something they’ve always known, and is just what the doctor ordered.
Throughout their lives, they’ve stuck to a few golden diet rules, which is why they’re in such great shape.
So just what superfoods are these that granny always had in her kitchen that keep her looking healthy and living longer?
Here are 10 Foods You Must Found in Your Granny’s Kitchen.
The homely potato is a valuable yet affordable energy source, and one of the superfoods that help protect from ill-health.
There’s no vegetable more useful than it as it contains Vitamin C, and when baked with its skin, it offers a third of the recommended amounts of the vitamin – twice that of apples.
In fact, 1 lb of potatoes every day delivers half the amount of Vitamin C, which helps fight infection and prevent against fatigue.
It also offers half the recommended daily amounts of potassium necessary for water balance and blood pressure, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
2. Cottage cheese
Cheese is a good form of whey protein for building strong muscles, bones and teeth. As a concentrated energy-giving food, cheese contains a high fat proportion, while offering a lot of energy in small bulk.
It is crucial for maintenance of bone density, though yogurt or milk are better alternatives as they’re lower in fat.
However, if you want some protein, make cottage cheese your go-to, as a one-cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese packs about 28 grams of protein.
These are perhaps the most basic fruits you cannot miss in granny’s kitchen.
Bananas are rich in pectin, a fiber that helps slow down digestion, while protecting against blood sugar spikes.
They help you stay fuller for longer, and are a great source of prebiotics, which help keep good bacteria in your gut fed, and happy.
Granny always had a bunch or two of bananas as they’re available all year, economical, and also supply a nice sweetness to plain yogurt or smoothies.
4. Green vegetables and vitamins
Green veggies contain Vitamin C, some more than others, and granny knows you need to have some at least once every day.
From watercress, to Brussel sprouts, parsley, and dark green leaves.
These vegetables are a rich source of Vitamin C and are an important source of antioxidants that protect cells from a host of diseases. Green juices made of these are great immunity boosters.
It’s best to have them fresh every day, which is why granny always grew her veggies herself.
Nothing beats a cup of cooked white beans in a bowl of soup, just like granny does it.
Beans deliver the daily fiber you need, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
They’re also a great plant source of iron, and magnesium, which is good for relaxing muscles after a workout.
Not only are they affordable, but also deliver a rich source of fiber and protein.
Granny kept all kinds of beans in her kitchen, from chickpeas, to navy beans, white northern and black beans. Now you know why.
This is a cruciferous vegetable and is one of the healthiest superfoods you can eat, delivering only 22 calories per cup of chopped cabbage.
It is packed with phytonutrients that can help lower risks for cancer.
This may not be the sweetest thing you’ve ever tasted, but it is one of granny’s favorite breakfast foods, with a sprinkle of sugar.
Grapefruit can help you lose weight, especially when eating before meals, without making any changes to your diet.
It also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
8. Prunes (dried plums)
These are a great source of fiber that are packed with anthocyanins, anti-carcinogenic antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory that help fight diabetes, obesity, or heart disease.
They’re really sweet so you can use them as replacements to empty-calorie sweeteners in smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal.
Granny kept these in her kitchen for use with her famous cake recipe. Yum!
9. Fresh herbs and Herbs de Provence
Fresh herbs are packed with antioxidants in their leaves, and also add great flavors to any dish – no wonder granny always kept some.
They make readymade foods taste homemade, and give new life to leftovers.
Herbs de Provence, on the other hand, is a dried blend of herbs featuring rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, tarragon, oregano, lavender, and marjoram.
These add a nice herbaceous seasoning to any dish, which is one granny always kept it on hand. Now you know why granny’s Spring vegetable tasted so delicious. Isn’t it 🙂
Garlic is one food that would never miss in granny’s kitchen, because of the flavor it added to her dishes without processed ingredients or unhealthy fats.
If your granny’s stews, stir-fry, sautés, and marinades had a great aroma and taste, you can trust that she added garlic somewhere in there.
As much as granny may not have had an idea of what ‘eating clean’ was back in the day, her diet was definitely not Jello salad and peanut butter sandwiches.
She ate plenty of healthy foods, which today may be ‘uncool’ or ‘outdated’ but are definitely worth adding to your snacks or meals.
A plant-based diet helps you consume far fewer calories, and are generally healthier than those in our generation.
Jenny Travens –
Jenny is a creative writer who has many passions and interests. Health and wellness is one area where she likes to contribute as much as she can. She is currently a contributing writer to Meddentsafety & other top blogs.
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