One of the most important things to remember when following a fit and healthy lifestyle is that food choices are 80% of the work. I always try to keep my kitchen stocked up with as many “clean” foods as possible. So aside from meats and veggies, this week I’ve decided to share a list of the top ten foods that are ALWAYS in my kitchen.
If I had to pick one food to eat forever…… I think it may be avocados!! I can’t get enough of them. They are loaded with nutrients and healthy fats. I eat them with EVERYTHING. Eggs at breakfast and with a salad at lunch.
I’m a massive fan of eggs. Egg whites are a great source of protein in the diet. My breakfast is more often than not – two full eggs plus 1/2 an avocado sprinkled with chia seed or flaxseed. Sometimes I opt for gluten free toast too. If I make an omelette I opt for one full egg and three egg whites.
3: Greek Yoghurt
My favourite brand is Fage Total 0%. I love to make protein yoghurt (yoghurt with a scoop of 100%whey protein) or even just mix a little with fresh berries as a snack.
4: Gluten Free Oats
I switched to Gluten Free over the summer last year and have noticed a massive difference in how I feel. I’m not, to my knowledge, gluten intolerant, but I made the decision to try where possible to steer clear of gluten in my diet. I usually pick up the gluten-free oats from Aldi and I love a bowl topped with some almond butter or with some added protein after a workout. If I need a good breakie on the go I’ll prep some overnight oats.
I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but whether it’s roasted from the root veg or chopped into a salad I just LOVE beetroot. I often make vegetable juices too and having beetroot is like a natural energy drink. It’s amazing.
6: Lemons and Limes
I always try add some slices of lemon and lime to my water. I particularly love lime. They are great for alkalinity in the body.
Raw nuts are an amazing snack. Full of healthy fats and protein. I usually stop off at Tesco to pick up the handy little snack packs (they are about €1.10) and are perfect for popping in your bag for a healthy snack on the go.
Delicious!!!!! I love humus, I love making my own but Tesco also do a great Healthy Living brand which is great for dipping into with some raw vegetables. I also love The Happy Pears range of pesto. Perfect afternoon snack!
9: Almond Butter
My favourite brands are Meridan and Keen and I could literally eat Almond Butter with ANYTHING.
10: Corn Cakes
Not the best for keeping you feeling full but a great base for a snack. I use almond butter, humus, boiled eggs, mashed avocado, chia seed jam and goats cheese. The possibilities are endless!!
More often than not our fitness plans are on point but it’s the control OUTSIDE the gym that really makes the difference. Hopefully these little ideas will help you stock up your fridge with all the good stuff!