1 – Beets
Beets are a great source of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, fibre, vitamin C and helps your liver in its detox pathways! I love adding regular cooked or pickled beets to salads, or just to eat on their own!
Avocado has tons of healthy fats which help to keep you fuller, longer. I love adding avocado to my salads by itself, adding it to smoothies to make them creamier, and eating them plain with some herbamare seasoning!
3- A Variety of seeds/Nuts
I always have almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds! Not only can you eat a handful of nuts as a good way to get in some protein & healthy fats, but I use all of my nuts and seeds to make delicious homemade granola!
Crackers are a quick go-to snack, and I am a sucker for anything crunchy, so I love keeping healthy ones nearby. I usually buy my crackers from costco, and here are a couple that I love: Mary’s crackers (original), and Garcia has many different types including: sweet potato and sweet beet.
Eggs are an easy food to have prepared and ready to grab n’ go! I usually boil a few eggs and keep them in a container in the fridge so that I am able to grab one in the morning for breakfast, or slice it up and add to my salad for lunch!
YUM! I don’t know many people who can say they don’t like hummus, but if you’ve never had it, it’s worth the try! There are so many different flavours, and you can use it as a dip for crackers and veggies, or throw it on your salad to add a pop of flavour and reduce amount of dressing you need.
This is a staple I use for just about everything, from a side dish, to a stir-fry base, or served cold in a salad. It is a source of protein, gluten free, and so versatile!
8- Nut Butter
I always have nut butter, whether it’s peanut butter, almond butter, or nut & seed butter; nut butter can be used for so much more than sandwiches with jam. I add nut butter to my apple slices to add some healthy fat & protein, use it to make my yummy nut butter muffins, and for a base in energy balls!
*Note- be sure to read the ingredients when buying nut butter! Do not buy nut butters with added sugar or other things you cannot pronounce, keep it simple!
9- Spring Mix or Baby Spinach
It goes without saying that having a salad base is always a great way to prepare quick healthy lunches! Spinach is on the dirty dozen list, so I try to always buy my spring mix/ spinach organic (Costco sells organic spring mix at a very reasonable price).
10- Milk alternative
I don’t drink cows milk, however, that doesn’t stop me from having milk in my coffee, adding it to smoothies or eating my homemade granola as cereal. I usually try to change up my milk, alternating between organic NON GMO unsweetened Soy, unsweetened cashew and unsweetened coconut milks.