Eating healthy used to be completely normal and very easy for human beings. While evolving, the right foods were readily available and there was no such thing as junk food. My, how things have changed! The norm now is to eat unhealthy. Everywhere we go: restaurants, ball games, the movies, coffee shops, airports, rest stops, etc, there are tons of unhealthy food choices and very few healthy ones.
Your home has to become your oasis for healthy eating. A huge part of this is doing your own grocery shopping and cooking your meals the majority of the time. Therefore, I thought I’d use this blog post to list out the Top 15 food items to always keep in your pantry/refrigerator. If you have these tried and true, nutrient packed foods ready to go, you are never more than a few minutes away from a healthy, blood sugar stabilizing meal.
#1) Vegetables: Variety is the key here, and the more the merrier. Include salad vegetables, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach; you get the idea.
#2) Fruits: Again, variety is the key. Make sure to get a bunch of fruits that travel well, such as apples and pears. You can throw these in a backpack or purse and they are always ready for you no matter what your day brings.
#3) Nuts: An excellent source of healthy fat that travels well.
#4) Nut Butters: We’re all familiar with peanut butter, but you can also find almond butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter and pistachio butter. They are all really good.
#5) Olive Oil: Great for salads and to sauté vegetables.
#6) Old Fashioned Slow Cooked Oatmeal: A nice, lower glycemic whole grain packed with fiber. Don’t get instant or quick cooking as these are higher glyemic. Focus on the “Old Fashioned” slow cooking variety.
#7) Black Beans: Great in a salad, taco or even on their own. A great source of low glycemic carb and vegetable protein loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals.
#8) Quinoa: An awesome whole grain that is high in fiber and protein. This is relatively new here in
but can be found in most grocery stores. We cook ours in low sodium chicken broth and it’s a great dinner side dish. America
#9) Tuna Pouches: These are relatively new. They are tuna fish in a pouch that you can tear open and eat without having to drain or open with a can opener. Highly portable, these are great on the road or even on a plane.
#10) Chicken Breast: Buy in bulk at Costco or BJ’s and keep in your freezer. When combined with the George Foreman Grill, you’ve got a beautifully grilled chicken breast in about 6 minutes.
#11) Eggs: An excellent source of fat and protein. They take about 2 minutes to prepare when cooking or even less if you hard boil them before hand and have them ready to go.
#12) Olivio or Smart Balance: These are butter substitutes made from olive and canola oil. Use any time you’d use butter. They taste really good and are so much better for you than butter.
#13) Brown Rice: A great lower glyemic whole grain that is loaded with fiber. Make sure you get the slow cooked variety and not instant or quick cooking as these are higher glycemic.
#14) Sliced Turkey Breast: A low fat, convenient source of protein. Try to get it freshly sliced off a bird and not the pre-packaged variety that is filled with nitrates and other preservatives.
#15) Frozen Shrimp: A delicious source of protein that is surprisingly reasonable when bought frozen in bulk at Costco’s or BJ’s.