Prep Your Pantry for Summer: Stock Up on the 4 Coolest Must-Haves


Post by: Brendan Brazier

Post by: Brendan Brazier

Summer—a time for feeling light and healthy during the hot and humid months. In order to feel light on the outside, you must eat the proper foods to parallel this feeling internally. Cleaning out your kitchen pantry is the perfect opportunity to kickstart your summer eating plan. For those of you who never got around to “spring cleaning,” I have good news, it’s never too late. Stock your pantry with these high net-gain foods to feel your energy soar and and your body regain its perfect harmony:



If you’re already eating plenty of land vegetables, time to head to the sea. Sea vegetables arame, wakame, nori, kombu, dulse and kelp, are a nutrient dense addition to your diet. Sea vegetables are rich in calcium, iron, iodine, and electrolytes. They are also easily digestible, chlorophyll-rich and alkaline-forming. Look in health food or specialty stores for kelp noodles that can replace wheat or rice noodles in any Asian-inspired recipe.

Dinosaur Kale


Dark, leafy green vegetables are nutrient-dense and alkaline-forming. I enjoy making a raw salad out of dinosaur kale by  massaging it with coconut oil, and sea salt, and adding a variety of vegetables, seeds, and legumes. I also encourage my clients to add a few stalks of kale to their morning smoothie.

Coconut Oil


Virgin, organic coconut oil is a versatile cooking oil, with surprising health benefits. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are digested in the body like carbohydrates. The liver easily converts them into energy, rather than storing them as visceral fat. Use coconut oil in your next stir-fry since it is stable at high heats.



Hemp is a superfood by any definition. A complete protein, rich in fiber and Omega-3s, hemp is a great addition to any diet. Look for cold-pressed hempseed oil for salad dressing, a plant-based protein that contains hemp for smoothies (such as Vega One), and hempseeds to toss onto salads and smoothies.

For more pantry essentials, and function-focused recipes, check out Thrive Energy Cookbook.


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Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two- time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the best-selling author of the Thrive book series. He is also the developer of the acclaimed ZoN Thrive Fitness program and the creator of Thrive Foods Direct national meal delivery service. He also just launched Thrive Forward, an online video series on wellness. Recognized as the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, Brendan works with NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA, Tour De France, and Olympic athletes and is a guest lecturer at Cornell University, where he presents an eCornell module entitled “The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism.” 

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