When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle – usually the fitness side comes along easily enough. Once you’ve committed to a gym class, a trainer or a plan – you can stick to it with a little bit of willpower. But what about the other 23 hours of the day? It’s not quite as easy to maintain the same level of commitment outside the gym. I literally ALWAYS get asked about food choices. What do I buy? What do I eat? So this week I’ve decided to show you my shopping list! Here are the things that are in my trolly each week. You won’t go far wrong stocking up with this lot.
Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Gluten Free Oats, Butternut Squash.
Don’t forget fruits are also a source of carbohydrates. I usually opt for the following:
Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Lemons, Limes, Bananas.
Lean Steak, Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Fish (Salmon and Cod are my favourites), Cheese, Kidney Beans, Lentils.
Raw Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Brazil, Walnuts), Avocado, Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Organic Peanut Butter.
Cayenne Pepper, Chilli powder, Himalayan Pink Salt, Cumin, Tumeric.
These are what I class as “free foods”. Foods I add to EVERYTHING.
Broccoli, Peppers, Courgettes, Cauliflower, Spinach, Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic, Green Beans, Mangetout, Bean Sprouts, Sprouted Mung Beans, Aubergine.
85% Dark Chocolate, Rice Cakes (GF), Coffee, Green Tea, Almond Milk (unsweetened), Crackers (GF), Unsalted Butter, Quest Protein Bars, 100% Whey Protein Powder.
Rice cakes and crackers are technically carbs but they have a high GI which means they break down far quicker in the body and are not very filling. I usually opt to have them as a snack with nut butter and banana or with mashed avocado to add a little substance. The dark chocolate has a lower sugar content than milk chocolate and just a square or two can really hit the spot when you fancy something sweet.
Remember it’s NOT about dieting. You HAVE to find things you like to eat and enjoy to eat in order for it to be sustainable. Yes I 100% agree that eating fresh and healthy foods can cost a little more week to week. But by filling your body full of goodness yo may just end up saving a lot more in the long run. For more foodie ideas, recipes and tips – don’t forget to check out our food blog – The A Department.