My Food Staples
Better-For-You eating can be really hard at times, whether that's snacks or full meals. We get lazy, we get so hungry we reach for the first thing we see, we don't have what we want on hand... I know for me, this has led to me not getting the correct energy I need to fuel my day or eating mindlessly.
For this reason, I find it so important to have staples always in your house (or dorm room) and always in your bag. If I have nutritious staples I enjoy always around, I can make a fueling, delicious meal.
So, I present "Olivia's List of Staples." Now, please don't go buying everything on this list just because you think you should. Take time to think about the healthier foods you really like to eat, how easy it is to prep, and what your budget is. Then put together a list and cultivate your personalized stock! This list is for inspiration- but if you do want everything on it, well, then I am flattered :)
- Whole wheat pasta (anything fun-shaped please and thank you).
- Banza chickpea pasta (again, the more fun a shape, the better)
- Rolled Oats
- Protein powder (I prefer vanilla whey, unsweetened)
- Granola (Kind, Purely Elizabeth, and Bear Naked are my go to brands)
- Popcorn (Boom Chicka Pop or Smart Pop- I love their new popcorn cakes)
- Unsweetened Dried Mango
- Fruit (bananas, apples, stone fruit when in season)
- Matcha Powder
- Olive oil
- Salt, Pepper
- Coconut Milk
- Greek Yogurt
- Berries (raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries)
- Nut butter (usually both almond and mixed- I try to switch up my protein)
- Pre Cooked Sausages (I love Applegate Chicken and Apple sausages, particularly the ones that don’t have casing on them)
- Whole Wheat toaster waffles (#sorrynotsorry)
I always have something from this list on me, usually a piece of fruit and bag of cheerios. If you look into my kitchen (please don’t unless I have invited you) at any given time, you will no doubt see all of these. From this list, I can make a fueling breakfast (like my go-to oatmeal bowl), a great post workout snack (hello matcha protein shake), and a hearty lunch/dinner (chickpea pasta with sausage and spinach? Yes please). All it takes is a little creativity and inspiration. As a college student, I never know what I am going to be eating throughout the week. So having healthy, and relatively inexpensive items on hand lets me lead the life I know my body and mind crave.
What are your staples? How do you throw them together to create delicious meals?