25 Things I ALWAYS Have in my Pantry

Lately life has been crazy. I feel like I am running around all day long wishing I had those 3 hour breaks I used to complain about. Except that means I am training more people and so I can’t really be upset.  That busy lifestyle is also the inspiration for this post. If I can manage to be super busy and still eat healthy, so can you! It just takes a bit more planning and a well-stocked pantry.

Because let’s face it, when its late and you are tired and hungry it is really easy to stop at the nearest fast food chain or grocery store and pick up something less than healthy to eat… like that double cheeseburger or bag of chocolate. We’ve all done it. But not anymore. 

Preparation is key to success. And so be prepared. Always have some healthy staples on hand. That way, there is no excuse to not go home and cook a quick, healthy meal instead of eating unhealthy because you are so hungry.

My 25 Staples (in no particular order)

1. Peanut Butter (all natural, chunky, no added sugar)

2. Old Fashioned Oats

3. Raisins

4. Apples

5. Bananas

6. Quinoa

7. Eggs/Egg Whites

8. Canned Beans

9. Sweet Potatoes

10. Frozen Stir Fry Veggies

11. Baby Carrots

12. Hummus

13. Ezekiel Bread

14. Frozen Fruit

15. Almond Milk

16. Protein Powder

17. Gluten Free Pasta

18.  Frozen Chicken Breasts

19. Coffee ( you don’t want to see me without it)

20. Maple Syrup (my sweetener of choice)

21. Plain Greek Yogurt

22. Lara Bars

23. Franks Red Hot Sauce

24. Cinnamon

25. Chia Seeds

There ya go :-)

What is a staple for you??

 

My Top 10 Snack List

I decided to make a list of my top snack foods. Due to the nature of my job and lifestyle, I tend to be a snacker. A BIG snacker. In fact I tend to prefer meals made up of snack-type foods. But so many “snack” foods are unhealthy or loaded with sugar.  And so, here are my top 10 go to healthy snacks. Remember, I’m not a nutritionist and I am not saying these are right for everyone. And as with everything, just make sure you watch your portions!

#10 Plain, air popped popcorn – It’s got fiber. Low Calorie. Great filling snack. I also love to mix it with my #1 favorite snack!!!

#9 Tuna mixed with hummus with organic blue corn chips or chips from Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips, Multigrain – So chips might not be the most healthy, but sometimes I just need a crunch. And these aren’t the worst! Everything in moderation!!!

#8 A Square of Dark Chocolate – because sometimes you just want chocolate. RIGHT??!! But I try to limit it to organic and fair trade and dark chocolate. WHY? Because its more expensive and so I feel bad about eating the whole bar, it is made with better ingredients, and dark chocolate has antioxidants!

#7 Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit or homemade granola. YUM YUM.

#6 Banana Almond Protein Muffins (recipe coming soon!!!)

#5 KIND Bar /Luna Bars– For when I need something pre-packaged to bring with me somewhere or I am stuck. Though some can have a good amount of sugar, the refined sugar in these is low or null. And they are tasty!!!!

#4 PB NRG Bites

#3 Hummus and fresh veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, celery…)

#2 Apples, Peanut Butter, and Raisins

#1 Trail Mix– I LOVE trail mix. It’s quick and easy to pack and eat. Nutrient dense (a great pre-workout snack!), it is high in calories and fat, but as long as you watch what type you consume (or better yet, make your own), the nuts provide healthy fats and berries provide much needed energy! My two favorites brands are Trader Joe’s Trader Joe’s Simply the Best Trek Mix with Cashews, Almonds, Pineapple, Cranberries, and Tart Cherries, 1 lb oz

and Back to Nature 100% Natural Nantucket Blend 22oz

Happy Snacking!!!! :-)

What are your favorite snacks?????

PB NRG Bites

People are always asking me what I eat. Or what I don’t eat. :-)

Or what to eat before they workout. Cue PB energy bites. I love these things. I eat them before and during most of my workouts. And occasionally just because I can. I got the idea from Gimme Some Oven and then changed them to provide a healthy, energy-charged pre-workout snack.

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The peanut butter-honey-raisin combo happens to be my staple. But there are about 100 different combinations that would work. I’m sure some will show up later. But nothing is more inspiring that peanut butter. I love it. I eat it all the time. And it provides great fuel for my workouts and active lifestyle.  Chia Seeds are also another staple in my diet. You will see those little guys pop up in many of my recipes. Loaded with Omega-3s, fiber, and great for aiding in hydration in athletes, I try to sneak these into my diet as often as possible.

And so…

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PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

1 cup Old-fashioned Oats

1/2- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (shredded)

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (I prefer chunky varieties)

1/3 cup(or less) of Honey

1 HEAPING Tbs. Chia Seeds

1/2 cup Raisins

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Place bowl in the refrigerator until chilled.

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Remove and roll mixture into about 20-25 balls. I really like to use a cookie scoop for this.  Keep in a covered container in the fridge. ENJOY!

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**Note: These aren’t low calorie, but they are a nutritious option for a pre-workout snack or quick on-the go burst of energy. Just don’t eat all 20 in one sitting 😉 **

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