Whether you're just making the transition to adulthood, living on your own for the first time, or have been at it for a few years it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to your own health and wellness. Meal prep can feel overwhelming and you may feel like you don't even know what foods to eat. You're not hungry for breakfast or lunch and it's easier just to pick something up on the way home from dinner.
Keeping your pantry stocked with healthy foods and ingredients is key. With most of my clients, we spend a session writing out a grocery list of foods to stock your pantry, fridge, or freezer to help make healthy eating easy. Healthy eating is a million times easier when you're prepared and stocked with healthy foods you like and will actually use. See below for my top 5 things you should keep in your pantry to make healthy eating easy.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a staple. It's a heart-healthy oil you can use to season your roasted veggies, grease your pans, or use as a back-up or go-to salad dressing.
2. Pyrex Containers
Welcome to adulthood! You're now responsible for packing your own lunch. Pyrex containers (or other tupperware) are key in making healthy eating easy. By storing leftovers you instantly have lunch or dinner ready to go for the next day. They're also great for carrying snacks, sauces, dressings, overnight oats, and just about anything else you can think of.
Keeping a few of your favorite spices on hand are an easy way to add tons of flavor without extra calories, fat, or salt. A few of my essentials are : cinnamon, turmeric, & ginger for oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies; rosemary for roasted veggies; paprika and cumin for veggies or roasted chickpeas; Italian seasoning for pizzas and pastas; and curry, turmeric, and ginger for stirfries.
4. Go-To Healthy Snacks
Find something you like that most people wouldn't consider a junk food. A snack should keep you full until your next meal - choose whole grains, lean meats, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and fiber to fill you up.
5. Frozen Fruits & Veggies
I usually buy whatever is on sale - frozen fruit can sometimes be expensive. You can also freeze your own fruits and veggies that on on their last leg. I also shop the discount rack and stock up on almost bad fruits and veggies to freeze and use later.
Today my lunch was made entirely from frozen veggies. It's the end of the week and my pickings are looking pretty slim. Luckily my freezer was STOCKED. I defrosted a veggie burger, brussels sprouts, broccoli, & edamame and called it lunch. Life Saver. As far as frozen fruits, I literally use them every day - I add them to smoothies or defrost them add to yogurt or oatmeal or peanut butter toast.
Reach out! I'd love to hear from you and talk snacks, staples, and pantry essentials!