Since revamping my fridge and pantry, I’ve come to crave sugar a lot less. When recipes do call for it, I try to use maple syrup or honey. These are at least more natural ways to eat the sweets and not cause a spike in your blood sugar (there are lots of debates out there about even these more “natural” sweeteners). But remember, sugar is still sugar. I’m not vegetarian, vegan, or sugar-free completely, so there is still some meat and dark chocolate in my house! And since I work full-time, there are days when I come home and just need something easy. I’m not a dietician and have no formal nutrition education, but as somebody who is living with cancer, I’m always trying to put my health and wellness first. Here are a few of my favorite items that I always like to have on hand for quick and healthy snacks/meals:
Almond milk/Plain and Vanilla (unsweetened!). I love the Almond Breeze brand.
Sunflower, flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds
Cocao Powder (not cocoa). Can find it at Whole Foods; the Navita brand is my favorite.
Cocao nibs (see cocao powder)
Hummus (I am partial to Sabre)
Baby carrots (organic)
Organic honey and maple syrup
Shredded unsweetened coconut
Whole wheat pita chips with flax and onions (love Whole Foods 365)
Black bean and corn tortilla chips (Also found at Whole Foods; the name of the product is called “Way Better.” And they are!).
Lean (at least 93%) ground turkey
Organic chicken breasts
Whole Wheat pasta (I love 365 fusilli)
Amy’s frozen meals, including veggie burgers
Edamame (especially Trader Joe’s)
Beans (black beans, red beans, re-fried beans– make sure that they’re vegetarian)
Pesto (make your own, or buy from the store. SHL likes to experiment with his homemade pesto, using watercress, arugula, rainbow chard, pistachios, pine nuts, etc!).