Good food and great drinks can have a significant impact on us. When our bellies are full and our thirst is quenched, we are physically, cognitively, mentally, and sometimes even emotionally content. This is why we are strategic with what we choose to put in our own stomachs as well as in the stomachs of others.
Whether you’re looking to stock your shelves with enjoyable snacks and beverages for your own benefit or are hoping to satisfy your house guests, having quality bites to eat at all times is a must. You never know when you’ll need to celebrate or require a little pick-me-up.
Here are five snacks and beverages you should always have in your cupboard:
Coffee or tea
It’s pretty much essential for any cupboard or pantry to have coffee or tea. Depending on your personality, needs, culture, and lifestyle, you might gravitate toward one or the other. However, when it comes to having guests over, offering them coffee is often standard in America. In fact, over half of American adults indulge in coffee daily.
While many consume coffee or tea just because, others find coffee critical for their level of energy, and many tea drinkers find their beverage of choice important to help them keep calm.
When we’re hungry mid-day, when we’re sick, or when we need something a little salty, we often go for crackers. Some like their crackers with cheese, others like spreading peanut butter on them, and others like munching on them plain.
Regardless of how you like your crackers, pairing them with wine, grape or cranberry juice, or peach cocktails can make for the perfect combination. While simple, the addition of the right crackers with the beverage you’re consuming or serving can make all the difference.
Great-tasting alcoholic beverages are a must not just for us but for the people we serve. Impress your loved ones and guests with the addition of the right bitters for the drink you’re planning to make. If you’ve never used bitters, these alcoholic preparations offer a bitter or sour flavour to complexify and counterbalance the overall taste of your cocktails.
Best of all, bitters, even after being opened, do not have to be refrigerated, so feel free to keep them in your cupboard. If you want to put your bitters to best use, you might be interested in whipping up Queen inspired cocktails.
For many, pretzels are party food. Others find pretzels to be excellent to snack on while watching TV with family or even after a long, sweaty workout. In reality, it’s always a good time to enjoy salty, crunchy pretzels.
One of the great things about pretzels is their versatility. They can be eaten alone or paired with lunch. They can be consumed without a beverage or might be enjoyed alongside a quality beer or something fruity. Many also like to combine pretzels with other foods like melted cheese, hummus, cream cheese, honey dijon, or chocolate depending on the mood and intent.
If you or your guests are in the mood for something a little sweet, it’s never a bad moment to break out the biscotti. These sophisticated Italian cookies are slightly sweet, nutty, and crunchy, making them perfect to pair with coffee, tea, and certain alcoholic beverages.
Biscotti cookies often come in their tradition almond flavour but can also be found in other flavours like orange or cranberry. If you want added sweetness, there are chocolate or even chocolate-dipped biscotti on the market as well.
Food and drinks aren’t just things we consume to meet our body’s needs. Consuming tasty things and sharing them with others is a way for us to get over the loss, celebrate success, and generally please taste buds. With a cupboard featuring coffee or tea, crackers, bitters, pretzels, and biscotti cookies, you’ll have the snack and beverage basics to satisfy yourself and others.