Staples to Healthy Eating

While healthy eating can be super easy, it’s nearly impossible when there’s no healthy food in sight, right? That’s why when we go grocery shopping, I make sure to get my basics that will ensure I can build a healthy meal in a minute and won’t be left with hot dogs and oreos:) Buying healthy foods you will actually eat will mak sure you aren’t so tempted to go out, too. Here’s a list of a few of my staples:

1.) Organic Spinach and Kale! I use these two every single day in breakfast lunch and dinner. Nothing beats fresh vegetables!

2.) Sweet Potatoes: The perfect addition to any meal, they are full of nutrients and have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes. Lately, I have been making my Sweet Potato Pie Green Smoothie almost every day! Bake them for an hour at 375 or poke holes in them and microwave, flipping once, for 10-15 minutes.

3.) Organic Liquid Egg Whites: I used to go through dozens of eggs cracking them for the whites, which are full of lean protein. Buying egg whites is so much more economical and easy! I pour mine into a bowl and microwave for one minute to form a patty, then add to sandwiches, wraps, and pretty much everything else!

4.) Tempeh: Full of protein and fiber, I  use this soy product when I feel like I’ve had to much dairy or meat, and use it in stir-fries, on the grill, in wraps, and even as taco filling! So delicious.

5.) Bananas and Blueberries: Blueberries make a great addition to cereal, oatmeal, and pancakes, and bananas are essential to the creamiest green smoothies!

6.) Flax seed and almond butter: The healthiest of healthy fats, I may enjoy these a little too frequently;)

7.) Nonfat Greek Yogurt: I couldn’t live without yogurt messes, or yogurt mixed with pumpkin, vanilla, or cocoa and topped with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink! I love Greek yogurt, as it’s thicker and has less sugar.

8.) Last but not least, oats, lentils, and sprouted bread! Oats are definitely a large part of my diet. From overnight oats, granola, and oatmeal to pilaf and protein pancakes, I  use them on a daily basis for their fiber and good carbs. Then there’s lentils, a winner to the close runner-ups of quinoa, brown rice,  and beans. They have a crazy amount of protein and fiber and are amazing in stews and in wraps. Finally, sprouted bread, my go to grain when I don’t have time to boil water and cook actual whole grains. I love topping a slice with hummus, avocado, and lemon juice.

With these foods stocked in the fridge, eating healthy is a breeze, and so much more affordable than going out! Hope that provides some inspiration:)

 

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