If there is one thing, I have learnt over the years of living a healthy lifestyle, besides trial and error and learning what works best for my body; It would be to always ensure I have quick, easy and multi-use food products readily available.
I hate wastage and one-use food items, not only is it a waste of money, but generally the items end up going off in my fridge, as I don’t find more than one use for them. Generally, when I do my grocery shopping, I like to look out for ingredients and food items that I can make multiple meals from, or create healthy snacks – perfect for on-the-go people! If you haven’t already, go take a peek at my ‘healthy meal prep tips’ blog post on how I like to prep my daily meals.
Here is a list of my absolute die-hard food items that make their way into my shopping basket, on the reg;
Sweet potatoes and butternut –
There is not a week that goes by that I don’t include these two veggies into my meal prep. Both sweet potato and butternut are so quick and easy to make and include in a variety of meals. I like to prep a large batch, cooked in coconut oil, pink Himalayan salt, paprika and cinnamon and bake in the oven. I will always include these two veggies in my salads / nourish bowl or just as a side to my choice of protein. Both veggies are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, as well as a healthy source of carbs to add to your green veg or daily salad.
Greek yoghurt and plain cottage cheese –
You will without a doubt always find these two items inside my fridge. I am a lover of all things dairy and either one of these items will always make their way into my meals every day. I love to pair Greek yoghurt with some fruit and nuts; especially my nutty, vanilla, coconut crunch recipe – YUM. I like to enjoy this as a mid-morning snack to tie me over until lunchtime. Whereas the cottage cheese, I love to add to certain meals for an extra boost of protein, enjoy as a dip with carrots & celery or smear on top of some veggie rice cakes, as a snack too. Check out the below link to my granola recipe, mentioned above!
Canned tuna –
Ah, my never-ending love. Much to some’s dismay, tuna probably sneaks its way into my meal’s way too easily and far too regularly, but I can’t resist. It’s quick, simple and can be thrown together with anything and everything. On a night when I am not in the mood to cook anything too complicated, I love to boil some whole wheat pasta, cook up some veggies and throw in a can of tuna with some olive oil, salt and pepper and you have yourself a delicious, nutritional meal. Tuna is also amazing to add to salads and nourish bowls, or even add on top of a baked sweet potato with some cheese, for a quick mid-week dinner. Most certainly my favourite protein source! Tip: make sure you purchase sustainably caught tuna.
Add to smoothies to create a creamy consistency, Greek yoghurt with some nutty granola as a healthy snack, or even as a base to make healthy crumpets and so much more. As like tuna, bananas sneak their way into my meals or snacks daily. They are so versatile and budget friendly – which I love! A banana before a workout is also the best for that burst of energy and potassium to feed the muscles.
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are my absolute fave for in between meals, or after dinner with some yoghurt. I also love to add berries to my morning smoothies, for some added antioxidants and use them as a ‘topper’ to healthy crumpets.
Being a working gal, I love having these items readily available to create quick, budget friendly, healthy meals – I hope this list helps you on your next shopping trip!