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Save time, save money, save wastage. Who doesn’t want to live a more eco-friendly existence? The Source Bulk Foods is changing the way you shop.

Ever come home from grocery shopping, unpacked your haulage into the fridge and pantry only to be left with a pile of plastic bags and empty packaging? What a waste, right? The Source Bulk Foods has a brilliant idea for haven readers: overhaul your shopping routine and detox your pantry, for spring.

The Source Bulk Foods is a ‘no-waste’ grocery store chain – the largest in Australia. Owner of the Miami and Southport stores, Sharon Barrett, explains that customers can buy as little or as much of a product as they like.

“It’s an ethical and sustainable way to shop, saving time and stress,” Sharon says. “You can bring in your containers, fill them and then put them straight into your pantry.”

And if you have a recipe that asks for a small amount of an obscure ingredient, Sharon says you can come in and buy just that amount. There’s not the wastage and cost of buying a full packet of the ingredient from traditional supermarkets and only using a small amount before throwing the rest of the packet out. On the other hand, you can also buy your more commonly used ingredients in bulk and make savings that way.

While overhauling your shopping routine, The Source Bulk Foods co-founder Emma Smith encourages a spring clean of your pantry while you’re at it. She says spring is the perfect time to stock your pantry with wholefoods to get your body into shape for summer.

“If you keep good food in your pantry you’ll eat good food!” says Emma. 

Here’s her list of the 10 must-have whole foods for your pantry:

  • Coconut oil: Used raw or in cooking. It is considered a healthy fat, believed to speed up metabolism and aid weight loss. It doubles as skin moisturiser and lip balm.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels and may assist in weight loss. This pantry staple can be consumed as a drink diluted with water and fresh lemon, made into a dressing or used in cooking.
  • Raw almonds: Used to make almond meal, almond milk, almond butter or eaten as a healthy snack or salad topper.
  • Medjool dates:  High-fibre sweet snack. Used in most raw desserts as a natural sweetener.
  • Quinoa: Source of protein for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A great replacement for rice and pasta. A great protein booster in salads.
  • Natural sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup or raw honey): Used in healthy baking recipes, raw desserts, sauces and dressings.
  • Raw cacao powder: Boasts antioxidants. Healthier than cocoa. It can be used in baking, drinks, puddings, raw desserts and more.
  • Almond meal: Nutrient dense, highly satiating and delicious.
  • Chia seeds: Add protein, fibre, healthy fat, calcium and minerals to your diet and are loaded with antioxidants.
  • Organic turmeric: Immunity boosting, antioxidant rich, antiviral, antibacterial.

“It’s a great idea to use this time to spring clean your panty,” Emma says. “Pull everything out, check expiry dates, throw away or donate food that you don’t want to eat, label all your jars, declutter and sort. You’ll feel so much better once it’s all done.”

Visit www.thesourcebulkfoods.com.au

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.