Five Foods I Always Keep In the House
Food prep at our house isn’t all about actual cooking. There are some things that we always keep in the house so we can quickly pack several snacks in the morning before heading off to work. The more you can automate your food choices and anticipate your hunger, the less likely you’ll fall prey to the donuts in the breakroom and stay on track with your eating goals.
For me, this is a no-brainer, though some of you might cringe. I love Tuna Creations, and the tuna that comes in pouches makes for an ultra portable snack that is packed full of lean protein.
Many people say they can’t stand greek yogurt because it tastes like sour cream. I am telling you, no, Urging you to try the 2% and 4% fat yogurts. The 7 oz Fage Total is a mere 190 calories and delivers a staggering 18 grams of protein! I find finishing one of these babies in one sitting a legit challenge, and they are very satiating.
Apples and nut butter
This classic combo is awesome for a few reasons. The apple is full of fiber and low on calories. Nut butters add a little protein and some fat to slow the digestion of the sugar from the apple and helps you feel satiated for longer. (If I eat an apple by itself I feel completely famished about 30 minutes later. Weird, right?) Just be sure there is no added oil in your nut butter.
By now, you are probably noticing my preoccupation with protein. These amazing little cakes are like a trojan horse of protein. 22 grams! And the little bit of baked good means I am less likely to go looking for sweets elsewhere - think afternoon Starbucks run. You can buy them pre-made or make them yourself with the DIY mix. That’s what I do.
Yes. Chocolate. Not Hershey. I am a big fan of the Lindt truffles and the Ghirardelli squares. Individually wrapped means you’re less likely to overindulge. It’s easy to grab one or 2 out of the cabinet and walk away. If you’re a chocolate person and can sustain the discipline to not run by the cabinet 5 times in one day, I recommend keeping good chocolate in the house to keep your sweet tooth satisfied in a controlled way. Take the time to really enjoy it and appreciate it, hopefully reducing the chances of a cheat meal turning into a cheat week. It happens to the best of us.
What are your food staples?