Pantry Essentials for the Festive Season

Forget plain old chips and dips, Nicole Hohmann, nutritionist at Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market in Lane Cove suggests these healthy, sophisticated party food easy wins to take end of year celebrations to the next level.

Organic Corn Chips

An all-time favourite amongst adults and kids – perfect for an easy snack dipped into hummus, fresh guacamole or sour cream. Or make a quick salad with corn chips, sliced avocado, sliced tomato and sour cream.


Add some gut-friendly food to Christmas with sauerkraut – the perfect pre-prepared kitchen essential. Loaded with healthy probiotics, it’s a great side dish to have on-hand and goes perfectly with veggie dishes, hot and cold meats and sandwich filler with leftover turkey!


Organic Popcorn

Organic popcorn works for all occasions and can be a snack on its own – or incorporated into meals, starters and dessert. It will keep the kids happy and gives you some peace of mind! Add savoury yeast flakes, sea salt or even drizzle over some extra virgin coconut oil.

Raw Nuts

When you need to take a break from all the sugar, have some raw nuts on hand. Packed with essential fatty acids, protein and fibre, they are a healthy essential to keep in the pantry during the festive season.

Carob Goodies

Carob is a delicious caffeine-free chocolate substitute. It naturally contains less calories than chocolate and is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Coconut Oil

Help keep your mouth fresh and clean, particularly after festive celebrations, by ‘oil-pulling’ with coconut oil each morning. It also makes a tasty melted topping over muesli and popcorn and is often used to create raw desserts.

Delicious Dessert

For a truly decadent, but healthy dessert, try out vegan friendly chocolate mousse! Simply blend a large ripe avocado, ¼ cup of Almond Milk plus two tablespoons cacao powder, which is a magnificent antioxidant. Leave it in the fridge and then you can top it up with some toasted coconut, crushed nuts, fresh berries or whatever is in season.

Nicole Hohmann, is the nutritionist at Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market which in addition to the Lane Cove store has stores in Crows Nest and Mona Vale. They offer a huge range of products including certified organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables, free naturopath advice and practitioner only products, great skincare options that are vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic, gluten free breads, pastries and snack foods.

For more information and delicious recipes, visit or visit the Lane Cove store at 62 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove. Tel: 9423 0190

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