A big part of living a healthy lifestyle means making smart food choices and a major part of that involves having the right type of food on hand. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again “you need to be prepared in order to succeed.”
Aside from the standard chicken, fish & veggies here are some (but definitely not all) of the eats that I usually always have on hand.
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- Frozen Berries: These are great for smoothies, morning oatmeal and to be made into a delicious Greek yogurt parfait. I obviously love fresh fruit but having big frozen bags ensures I have it even when it’s not in season (or priced ridiculously high)
- Ezekiel bread: I’ve stated my love for sprouted grain bread many a time. It makes for a great post workout sandwich or Sunday morning French toast
- Spinach: I keep frozen spinach because it’s sometimes just easier than having the fresh stuff. I go through spinach phases and having the frozen stuff means I won’t have to waste the fresh stuff. I use this in smoothies, pasta sauces & casseroles and lots of other things. Not saying I never buy fresh, I just like the convenience of frozen. Plus that itty bitty container contains as much spinach as a whole big bag of the fresh stuff and it’s under $1 a box!
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- Almond Milk: I ALWAYS have almond milk on hand. I love this stuff and the handful of times we’ve run out of it I’ve been at a loss. I really like the PC brand because it’s organic and fortified with calcium and vitamins and unsweetened. Plus it’s well priced. You can get this organic fortified goodness for the same price as Almond Breeze and sometimes cheaper
- Greek Yogurt: Oh how much I love thee. I love Greek yogurt, berries & chia seeds as my post workout snack and also as a fantastic substitute for sour cream. I usually make up some ranch dip using Greek yogurt as a base. Also it makes really yummy popsicles as you’ll see at the bottom of this post 😉
- Eggs: Yes Steve and I really do always keep 54+ eggs in the fridge at all times. We love eggs. We have them for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner (not all day, everyday obviously). Eggs make a fantastic quick meal and for how awesome they are for you and how versatile they are, they’re pretty cheap and take quite a long time to spoil.
- Egg Whites: I always have egg whites on hand. I usually will have 2 whole eggs plus 1/2 cup egg whites. Plus I use these bad boys for baking and cooking too
Pantry Time:[flagallery gid=4 name=Gallery]
- Tuna: Tuna kicks ass! Such a small can is packed with so much protein and awesomeness that you’re crazy not to have it in your pantry. Now you shouldn’t eat the canned stuff everyday but having a few cans of this around makes getting in some lean protein super simple.
- Puffed Rice: Steve has been eating this stuff a lot lately. He eats it as a breakfast cereal with protein milk on top (chocolate protein powder mixed with milk). It’s also really good in granola.
- Protein Powder: I use protein powder almost everyday. I use it in shakes, put it in my oatmeal, make pudding with it and so much more. Heck I even make brownies and cookie dough balls. Check out my lovely protein recipes here.
- Almonds: Almonds are a great snack and pack in healthy fats and protein which help keep you full. They’re great to keep in your purse for on the go snacks and are delicious toasted and seasoned.
- Oats: Oats are my staple breakfast food. I make oat cakes, pancakes, granola and plenty more. Plus I love using oat flour for lots of things too.
- Spices: Having a variety of spices makes it easy to dress up any dish. Make veggies go from bland to bold and dress up ordinary dishes to make something extraordinary. Many spices also have lots of health benefits too. Plus they’re a great way to add flavour without calories.
So those are just some of the things that I like to keep on hand to make meal prep a breeze. Also if you have those things stocked up you’ll never be without a delicious healthy meal.
Now on to the Greek Yogurt Pops! When I was feeling less than stellar a couple weeks back I went out and got myself some of the PC yogurt pops because all I wanted was something cold and comforting. They were really yummy and got me thinking that I should whip up some of my own made with Greek yogurt and frozen fruit. They are a breeze to make and are really creamy and delicious.
- Greek yogurt
- Frozen/Fresh Fruit
- Sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, splenda)
*The amount of each ingredient will depend on how many you are looking to make and how big your Popsicle molds are. I use a ratio of 1:1 for yogurt to fruit and sweeten to taste.
- Blend everything together in a blender and pour into popsicle molds
- For chunkier popsicles only blend half the fruit and leave the other half whole
- Allow to freeze
These are really refreshing and satisfy the old sweet tooth. I made mine with 1.5 cups of yogurt, 1cup of frozen raspberries, a banana and a couple packs of splenda.
Make some for yourself and let me know what you think!