The best way to guarantee your healthy eating success is to be organized. Always having good choices on hand helps you eliminate the bad ones (for the most part, anyway!!) I work on the 80/20 rule: for 80 percent of my week I eat really well - clean, homemade, raw and fresh. For 20 percent I allow myself to indulge in things like ice cream, pizza or a chai soy latte from Starbucks. I do make sure that my ice cream and pizza are high quality and as 'real' as possible. Living like this, I have found that weeks go by when I have no need for my '20 percent'. Once you give your body the nutrient it needs from natural food sources, cravings for the 'bad' stuff lessens and you start to crave the good!
Here is what I do to ensure my proper eating:
I boil 8-12 organic eggs: slice into a salad or on top of a piece of toast. Eat whole with a little salt and pepper.
I bake 1-2 lbs. chicken breasts (I try to go for organic or free range, but it depends on my financial situation and where I shop!). The buttemilk chicken recipe on website ensures a moist chicken with great flavour: slice into a salad or in a sandwich (about 4 ounces). Always great to warm up when you have no time or energy to make dinner.
I bake protein bars, muffins and/or make energy balls - recipes on the website – GRAB AND GO!! Always have these in the fridge and freezer. When you see that you are down to 3-4 bake some more! Bring one with you wherever you go.
I cook brown rice and quinoa (at least 2 cups of each) – add ½ cup to a salad instead of chicken or eggs for a change. Or, have a cup with mixed veggies and a nice dressing for lunch or dinner. Warm up as a side for dinner.
I always have in my kitchen:
a big box of PC organic salad greens: it’s like the never ending supply of salad! The leaves are packed in so tight, you will get at least 4 awesome salads out of this box for about 5 bucks. Excellent source of EVERYTHING GOOD FOR YOU! Great liver cleanse, too.
a container of PC organic grape tomatoes: some things are worth buying organic. Anything that you consume often you should consider investing in the organic choice. I LOVE these little tomatoes and add them to every salad.
a block of goat feta: adds a flavour I enjoy to my salads and is a good source of protein. Goat is a better choice because the protein molecule is smaller and our digestive system has an easier time with it. If you can find local, that’s even better.
a bag of raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds to add extra protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals and healthy fats for any salad.
Farmboy balsamic vinaigrette which has a clean ingredient list and is really delicious. I will also make my own dressings to mix things up.
organic (or free range) eggs – to scramble or make an omelette for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
a bag of organic apples – as with the tomatoes, I eat apples daily and therefore invest in the organic produce.
any of the Farmboy soups: The ones in the plastic containers, not the glass jars. I have first hand knowledge that these are made with quality ingredients and no preservatives. They are delicious.
a bunch of bananas – so wonderfully portable and a great source of magnesium and potassium. Add a handful of nuts and that is a great snack!
a box of organic instant oatmeal packages – for breakfast or snack this is super quick and healthy. I add a little bit of unsweetened almond or coconut milk, some unsweetened coconut, a sprinkle of nuts and seeds,a touch of maple syrup. Sometimes, if I’m not feeling too lazy, I will chop up an apple, too!
a box of Jordan’s organic muesli – I love this stuff and it isn’t overly processed like most cereals.
a carton of unsweetened almond or coconut milk – to add to my muesli and oatmeal.
bags of almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts – any mix of these for the fibre, vitamins, minerals, protein and good fats.
cans of unsweetened coconut water – Grace brand found at Bulk Barn is the best! This should replace any sports drink. It has the trace minerals/electrolytes needed for after a great workout. It makes a nice change from water every once in awhile.
a loaf of Rideau bakery or Rudolph’s bread – clean ingredient list.
a bag of Kettleman’s bagels- clean ingredient list and I occasionally crave a bagel!
a jar almond and sunflower seed butter – for my bagel and/or apples.
a bag of organic romaine lettuce hearts - adds some crunch to my greens.
a bag of organic coffee – again, something I have daily so I go organic. Unfortunately, the chemicals found in non-organic coffee are terrible and include heavy metals.
a tub of high quality protein powder. I switch from a vegan to whey and choose different flavours to mix things up. Always handy to make a quick shake when pinched for time.
Mushrooms, green onion, purple onion, cucumber, peppers, green beans, fennel, etc………. any veggies that look the freshest at the store to add to a salad or omelette.
Most of these things can be found at Bulk Barn, the Natural Value department of Loblaws or Independent grocers and stores like Nature's Way in Kemptville.
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