Sunday, May 20, 2012

Staples for a Healthy Week

That's it! I'm ready to get back on my meal planning! This past couple of weeks have made me realize how much I NEED and miss it. 

Quite often it seems all forces are against me when it comes to staying organized. Life gets busy with 5 kids and my routine tends to be far from consistent. Especially with the end of the school year here for the kids, and myself getting ready to take on some new classes and adventures. Mama isn't happy when it's only Tuesday and I'm rustling around the kitchen at 5PM trying to figure out what to make for dinner. And then when I'm not exploring new ideas and trying new things, the inevitable happens; I get bored in the kitchen. Of all people, I know better! 

Never let yourself get bored in your healthy lifestyle - with food, or with fitness! Boredom is a recipe for failure!! 

So, while I definitely have NOT fallen off of my healthy wagon, I have been a little less than enthusiastic about cooking. And that inadvertently makes it more difficult to stay focused on my goals and the things that are really important to me. But yesterday, I tied down the hubs, we worked up a plan for the week ahead, and we were off to the stores! 

May not be the prettiest or the most organized, but at least I know where everything is and there are lots of options! ;)

Now, I'm ready to get cooking and I can't wait to get some new recipes up to share with you all! But in the meantime, while the cabinets and the refrigerator are fully stocked, I thought it would be a good time to share my shopping list with you. People often ask me for ideas for good, clean food staples. These are things that are versatile and can be used for many dishes. Here are some of the things that I like to have on hand all the time - for cooking meals and prepping snacks and lunches on the go. It's all about being prepared!  

Almond and/or coconut milk (insert your choice of milk here)
Cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, ricotta, feta)
Fage 0% plain yogurt
Cottage cheese

Whole Grains
Brown rice
Wheat pita bread
Sprouted whole grain bread
Wheat pasta
Wheat tortillas
Corn tortillas
Flax meal

Beans, Legumes & Nuts
Wide variety of canned organic beans (red, black, garbanzo, pinto)
A few different kinds of canned organic vegetables (corn, peas, beets, tomatoes)
Canned organic tomato sauce
Dry bean varieties
Seeds (chia, hemp, pumpkin)
Nuts (Walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds)

There are really too many fruits and veggies to list, but these are just a few that I almost always have on hand for all different recipes.

Sweet Potatoes
Artichoke hearts

Lemons & limes

Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Lemon pepper
Penzey's italian seasoning
Curry powder
Garlic salt
Chili flakes

Sauces, oils, dressings, toppings, butters
Olive, grapeseed & coconut oils
Balsamic vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Tabasco sauce
Tapatio sauce
Bragg's liquid aminos
Lemon juice
Vegetable broth
Peanut and/or almond butter

I'm sure there are plenty more, but this is a great start. Time to go cook dinner! :)

Let me know if you have any questions. And, if you have your own staples to add, just leave them in the comment section. I love hearing from you!!

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