When you’re busy, on a budget, & living alone for the first time it may be really hard to find the right direction when it comes to your health. While exercise is important, the most important thing you can do for your body is fuel it properly with healthy food.
I’m going to walk you through my grocery list & the staples that I keep in my apartment to make sure that I have good food that’s easy to prepare. I’ll talk about each one of my categories & give you ideas of the things you could make with these foods, then I’ll give you my tips for making healthy eating easy.
Typical Grocery List:
Apples– CHEAP! with PB& granola
Bananas– CHEAP! Top yogurt/smoothie bowls, eat with PB & granola, freeze to make smoothies, banana bread
Fruit– I generalize fruit on my list because the key is to BUY IN SEASON
Cauliflower– dip in hummus, mashed cauliflower, oven roasted cauliflower
Carrots-dipping in hummus
Head of lettuce– Salads, sandwiches
Tomato-salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowls, personal pizzas
Squash/Zucchini– CHEAP! Sauté or grill & add to quinoa “fried rice”, quinoa bowls,
Sweet Potato– Baked fries, mashed, sweet potato bowls, quinoa bowls
Avocado– Avocado toast, guacamole, salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowl
Vegetables-I also generalize veggies on my list because again, the key is to BUY IN SEASON
Greek Yogurt/Siggis– with granola & fruit, sweet potato bowls, spread on toast
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Cashew Milk– smoothies, pancakes, baking
Frozen Chicken, Turkey Sausage, Ground Turkey– main dish, salads, sandwiches, turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, turkey meat sauce with spaghetti, personal pizzas
Eggs– breakfast, quinoa “fried rice”, baking, on top of avocado toast
Popcorn- (SkinnyPop is my favorite)
Granola– (Purely Elizabeth, KIND, or homemade) yogurt, sweet potato bowls, smoothie bowls, apples & PB, by itself
Nut butter– Put it on EVERYTHING
Old Fashioned Oats– blend into oat flour for baking, oatmeal, granola
Whole Wheat Tortillas– wraps, personal pizzas
Whole Wheat Bagel Thins– sandwiches, turkey burgers
Whole Wheat/Sprouted Grain Bread– Toast (AVO TOAST!!!), sandwiches
Canned Black Beans– add to quinoa bowls, Mexican style salad with romaine, chicken, corn
Canned Chickpeas– DIY hummus, chickpea blondies, oven roasted chickpeas, quinoa bowls
Favorite Grab n’ Go Snacks:
That’s it Fruit bars– only ingredients are fruit!
Squarebars– organic & chocolately protein bars… need I say more?
RXBars– natural ingredients & 12g protein per bar
GoMacro bars– vegan, gluten free, whole ingredients
Dark Chocolate– 70% cocoa or higher is best
If you want to make eating healthy a lifestyle you need to make it easier for yourself to prepare good food & get yourself inspired to crave good food. If you’ve never craved vegetables a day in your life, thats okay! But here are my tips on how to get you there.
1. Follow Accounts that give you healthy inspiration– some of my favorites are:
2. Prepare ahead of time– if you know you have a busy week ahead of you, prep your meals & reheat them later, overnight oats are so easy to make throw them in the fridge the night before & grab n’ go before class in the morning
3. Keep healthy snacks in your bag– keeping a healthy snack with you in case you get hungry helps keep you from crashing & possibly overeating or eating something unhealthy later
4. Make a list– making a grocery list helps to keep you on track & can help prevent you from buying things that are unhealthy that are not on your list
5. Find healthy ways to treat yourself– keeping treats made from whole food around makes it easier to feel like your satisfying your cravings. Because I have a sweet tooth, I try to keep chocolate protein balls, chickpea blondies, banana bread, vegan cheesecakes, or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies around!