How many times have you meant to eat healthy — only to get home and find nothing good for you in your fridge and end up ordering an unhealthy meal on Seamless?
In the battle to keep yourself on track, my game plan is simple: Always keep these ingredients at the top of your shopping list and you’ll never have a problem with finding something good to eat in your kitchen!
Eggs are the perfect food. They’re filled with protein and healthy fat. They’re affordable, simple to cook and they go with everything. You can eat them alone or in other foods. And they’re very easy to stash in the fridge.
Gluten-free steel cut oats make a great hearty breakfast, or you can also use them for baking! They’re filling and healthy and very easy to prepare in batches you can reheat one serving at a time when you’re in a morning rush.
When I want something sweet, berries are my go to fruit. Fresh strawberries and raspberries are great in my daily protein shakes, while blueberries are great cooked in my steel cut oats because they’re low in sugar and packed with antioxidants. If you’re concerned about making it through an entire batch of fresh berries before they start to spoil, try frozen berries instead.
4. Protein Powder
Without fail, I always have a protein shake immediately following my workouts. It’s the perfect way to quickly get pure muscle-rebuilding nutrients into the body and it doesn’t weigh you down.
5. Healthy Fat
Healthy fats like raw almonds, almond and cashew butter, avocado and coconut oil are a must to have in the home.
Quinoa is a powerhouse staple. it’s gluten-free and a great source of protein. I make a big batch of quinoa once a week and then dole it out hot or cold in salads or as as a side dish with my entrees for the week.
7. Spaghetti squash
When I’m craving pasta, but want to avoid the blood-sugar crashing carboload, I roast some spaghetti squash. It’s a great way to fool myself into feeling like I’m eating pasta, it’s inexpensive, easy to prepare, and works great with some turkey or chicken meatballs.
Wild Black sea bass, Branzino, cod, and salmon are a few of my favorites. Canned tuna and wild salmon are good option in a pinch, but be careful not to overdo it, because of their mercury content.
9. Chicken and Turkey
Poultry is my favorite source of lean protein. Lean chicken breast and ground turkey are always in my freezer.
10. Leafy Greens
Kale, spinach, watercress, romaine lettuce, and cabbage are a few of the leafy green veggies are great in smoothies or can be whipped up as a salad or a cooked side with a little bit of healthy olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. They’re great for boosting your veggie intake for the day!
Lemons are a perfect detox ingredient. Squeeze them into warm water to detoxify your system in the mornings or use them on your fish, salads or veggies.
With these items in your fridge you will be set for the week. What healthy foods are always on your grocery list? I would love for you to share them below and let me know.