A healthy lifestyle requires you to do your groceries a bit differently, but getting used to this new routine takes some time. This can results in pure frustration when you’re all set and ready to bake that awesome bananabread or those healthy brownies and you discover that you miss that one tiny, but essential ingredient. Grr! Because I know how it feels to have to go back to the supermarket again (been there, done that – a dozen times), I’ve made a list of 10 foods which you, as a healthy fit girl, should have lying around at all times.
If you’re not already having oatmeal for breakfast, you should. I’m not going to argue you on this one but trust me – oatmeal is the most awesome breakfast there is. But there is more! You can use oats in a lot of baking recipes, such as for cookies, muffins, and delicious oatmeal bars (recipe coming soon). Another pluspoint: oats are quite cheap.
2. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and more. It is also the richest plantbased source of omega-3 and it will make your tummy fuller for a longer period of time because they absorb a big amount of fluids. You can basically put them in everything, such as smoothies and oatmeal.
3. Almond flour
You need almond flour for so many baking recipes, that you should just have it lying around at all times to save yourself the extra trip to the supermarket. Again, think of the banana bread, the brownies, but also of healthy cocochoco almond muffins (if that doesn’t sound good then I don’t know what does).
It’s always good to have superfoods and nuts around to spice up a boring yogurt or just to eat when you’re in a snacking mood. Body & Fit Shop has made a mix which I especially love and often put into a bowl with yogurt after my workout, but sometimes I also just eat a handful of it.
5. Frozen fruit
I don’t think there’s any fit girl who doesn’t have fruit in her kitchen, but what about frozen fruit? Naturally, fruit goes bad after some days and the best way to keep something lying around just in case is to buy frozen fruits! For example, you can buy frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries or frozen cherries. They are just as good in terms of nutrition and don’t lose their health benefits. You can put them in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothie, in your baking recipes, or just eat them separately. The same goes for frozen veggies!
6. Cacao powder
We are all crazy about chocolate, although some a little bit less than others. I have to admit that I am utterly addicted to chocolate and therefore really need to have cocoa powder in my house at all times. When I’m craving chocolate, I either take a small piece of dark chocolate, or I make a smoothie or bake something (like banana bread) with cocoa powder in it. You can also make this superdelicious strawberry-chocolate oatmeal with it if you want to start your day luxuriously. And don’t even get me started on the health benefits of raw cocoa powder.
When you just want to snack something or are a bit hungry, have a ricecake! Ricecakes are cheap, a crunchy snack and they taste good. You can eat them plain, but if you’re up for more variation, check out Anna’s article about toppings for your ricecake.
8. Peanut butter
Do I really need to explain why you should have peanut butter? I don’t think so, right? Check out my favorite one from the Body & Fit Shop – it’s a 100% natural.
9. Canned chickpeas
I keep chickpeas around for those days when I’m craving a snack like potato chips, so I have a healthy and similar alternative. If you roll them around in a little bit of oil and herbs such as pepper powder and/or curry powder and put them in the oven for a while, then you have a delicious and healthy snack which doesn’t take much effort and time to prepare.
Because it’s ok to have a cheatmeal and to give in to your cravings. As Anna wrote in her blogpost, your willpower and self-control are not unlimited and need to be replenished sometimes. Allow yourself your cheat- and restdays and enjoy them to the fullest. So keep that pizza in the freezer for those kind of days 😉
What foods do you always have lying around?