There’s a lot of talk and publicity at the start of each New Year about resolutions, goals, detoxes, liquid cleanses, fad diets and so on. I work closely with my clients on a number of food based cleanses and smoothie reset challenges and when they finish the question I get asked the most is: I love the way I feel, how can I keep eating this way to stay healthy of the rest of the year?
One of the best answers I can give is to clear out your cupboards of refined and processed foods and stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods so that you will be surrounded by healthy options every day. Make it a habit to keep the following foods in your pantry regularly so you won’t be tempted to stray. These foods are available in every grocery store or supermarket.
Mmmm….I love avocados. Full of healthy fats and vitamins they make a delicious addition to any salad or quinoa dish. Try eating them with a little olive oil and sunflower seeds for a midmorning snack, pop 1/4 ripe avocado in your morning smoothie, or add 1/2 ripe chopped avocado to a cup of cooked quinoa with tomato, red pepper and sliced romaine lettuce for a beautiful lunch.
I believe that stocking your pantry with high quality protein powder is such a big help when you are looking for an easy, nutritious smoothie breakfast, quick meal or snack. It’s great for kids too for an after school snack when they are really hungry. I love and trust the Shaklee brand as it is non-GMO, very pure and organic. Vanilla or chocolate flavors blend well with all sorts of vegetables, fruits and spices. If you are vegan or are concerned about the levels of protein in your diet then a high quality protein powder is definitely something to stock up on. Let me know if you want to source good quality options!
This is an ancient super grain which is gluten free and is a great source of protein especially for vegans and vegetarians. It’s easy to make a batch of quinoa and store it in your fridge to make healthy lunches and dinners. Try a cup of quinoa with avocado and other salad vegetables such as tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers and lettuce for a quick lunch or stir fry with kale, portabella mushrooms, shallots and peppers for easy supper.
Apples are a wonderful source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. This week, I blogged about applesauce which is such a great addition to any meal and a delicious recipe to make a big batch of at the weekend for the the week ahead. Apples are a great snack for at home or on the go, are delicious sliced with a little almond butter, lovely in green smoothies, can be roasted in the oven with nuts and dried fruit for a wonderful dessert.
I’m in love with these lovely little seeds! They are loaded with antioxidants and are a great source of quality protein, fiber and omega 3s. They are perfect in smoothies (a teaspoon will do swirled into your smoothie), in energy balls, mixed into yogurt and fruit for a snack or dessert or sprinkled on a salad for extra crunch.
How could I write about healthy foods without including kale?! Love it or hate it, it’s one of the top super foods. If you’re still not convinced, try cooking it in different ways. Dense in nutrients including vitamin A, C and K and good for your digestion and heart health, kale is delicious in a massaged salad or a simple stir fry with shiitake mushrooms, shallots and quinoa.
Turmeric is one of the world’s super spices. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, a beautiful golden color and tastes great in any Indian dish, green smoothie, risotto or soup.