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Dec 16

10 healthy food options to stock in your fridge and pantry

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Looking for some healthy food options  to keep in your fridge and pantry?  Here are 10 to get you started:

AVOCADOS!! – Yes, I’m yelling because I love them and they are first on my list 🙂 I eat half an avocado with my eggs each morning.  They are a great source of healthy fats and other nutrients. They are terrific in salads and on  sandwiches for a delicious burst of flavor.

Whole eggs (not just egg whites):  Eggs often get a bad reputation because of cholesterol.  But, they are actually a great source of nutrients that help to increase your GOOD cholesterol.

Nuts (pecans, almonds, and walnuts):  These are tasty and great sources of healthy fats. Raw nuts are optimal.  However,  nuts are still healthy even if they are roasted.

Yogurt and cottage cheese:  Cottage cheese and yogurt mixed with chopped nuts and/or berries make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

Chia seeds and/or hemp seeds –  This was a recent discovery of mine.  I add these to my green smoothies and salads for a great nutty taste and loads vitamins and minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.  They are great with yogurt and cottage cheese as well.

Nut butters (almond, pecan, academia, cashew):  I have to admit, I love good old-fashioned peanut butter.   However, peanuts aren’t as healthy as other nuts 🙁 So get creative and mix together  a variety of nut butters for a delicious blend and a broader range of vitamins and nutrients.

Leaf lettuce, spring mix and spinach:  This is your basic salad base.

Home-made salad dressing – A simple blend of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil is a staple in our home.  It is so much better for you than store bought salad dressing which mostly use highly refined canola or soybean oil.  I think it tastes so much better as well.

I hope this gives you some good ideas for healthy items to keep on hand in your fridge and pantry.  REMEMBER, if you have healthy go-to choices, you will be less inclined to be tempted by junk food!

-Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

 

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