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What I eat and the staples in my kitchen

Posted Jul 27 2011 11:24pm
I've had a lot of people ask me lately what kind of diet I eat, so today I wanted to do a post on exactly that! I love giving people recommendations and tips for healthy eating, but what I eat is sometimes different because I don't eat meat besides seafood once or twice a week. I also try to avoid dairy as much as I can. I'm all about protein, healthy fats and whole grains! So, let's get started!

Breakfast is pretty much my most favorite meal of the day but it's also the most important! Never ever ever skip breakfast! Not only does it jumpstart your metabolism in the morning, but it keeps you from overeating once you finally get around to lunch time. Some of my favorites:

-Kashi Go Lean cereal: It's high in protein and keeps me more full than most other cold cereals, although I do love them! I also love Kashi honey sunshine, but it doesn't have the same nutritional value. Cascadian Farms makes a delicious organic cinnamon crunch cereal very similar(and better) than cinnamon toast crunch. I buy it as a treat. :)
-Eggs: Particularly egg whites. I love egg white and organic spinach scrambles with salsa or a big bowl of boiled egg whites with smart balance. If I don't eat them for breakfast, they usually find their way into my lunch or dinner!
-Unsweetened almond milk: I stopped using organic nonfat milk as it is high in sugar and has lactose in it. Almond milk is creamier, lower in calories and sugar, contains no soy and doesn't upset my stomach!
-Shakeology: Love love loveee having Shakeology for breakfast. I have a shake at least once a day, if you haven't noticed. ;) )Lately I've been drinking them for dinner.)But really, I have nothing but good things to say about it. Since I started drinking Shakeology, I've gotten maybe 2-3 stomach aches(not from it) when I used to get them EVERY day, I have more energy and my hair and nail growth is crazy! I recently recovered from anemia, so the hair and nails suffered a lot. If you have any questions about it, don't be afraid to ask!
-Oatmeal: Most mornings I like cold crunchy cereal if I'm going to have cereal, but I still love my oatmeal! And no, those sugary packets of oatmeal don't count. Before cooking my oats, I usually mix in cinnamon, dried apples, stevia and once it cools down, almond milk and a spoonful of peanut butter. 

- Nonfat plain Greek yogurt: It's the highest protein yogurt that I know of and it's thick and delicious! I mix mine with fruit and stevia and top it with muesli or cereal of some sort.


-Salads/Veggie bowls: These usually include some sort of mix of organic romaine, quinoa, zucchini, asparagus, onion, tomato, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, edamame, avocado, fresh corn cut off the cob..pretty much anything besides bell pepper!
-Veggie burgers: I don't eat these as a sandwich, but I will crumble them on top of my salads for flavor.

- Quorn: The best chicken replacement I have found that tastes good and is soy free!

-Solid white albacore tuna: I won't eat chunk light or anything packed in oil. My favorite tuna recipe: protein packed tuna salad
- Fish: Halibut, salmon, tilapia and ahi tuna are my favorites. I try to have a good piece of fish at least once a week. I try to avoid farm raised fish if possible.

-Shrimp: I also try to have shrimp with a meal at least once a week.
- Crab/lobster: Wishful thinking, but I wouldn't mind having crab and lobster EVERY week. ;)
-Spaghetti squash: I use it instead of pasta for an extra veggie-packed meal. My favorite meal with spaghetti squash yet: zuchinni and spaghetti squash pasta

That's mostly what I've been eating lately, but I'll add more as I think of them!! 

A list of staples you can usually find in the kitchen are:

-unsweetened almond milk
- Shakeology
-old fashioned or quick cooking oats
-dried apples
- PB2
-all natural peanut butter (organic when I can get it)
-high protein cereal
-Fage Greek yogurt
-frozen organic strawberries
-organic apples
-canned pineapple
-solid white albacore tuna packed in water
-frozen tilapia or salmon fillets (not farm raised)
-nutritional yeast
-organic baby spinach
-organic romaine or red leaf lettuce
-organic kale
-spaghetti squash
-canned corn(if fresh is out of season)
-all natural BBQ sauce(Stubb's is my favorite)
-crackers (Crunchmaster multi grain gluten free crisps are my favorite right now)
-V8 boxed soups (high in sodium but the best soups off the shelf)
-veggie burgers (not the kind that are supposed to taste like real meat)
-Quorn naked chik'n cutlets
-fresh salsa
-parmesan cheese
-Girard's light champagne dressing
-olive oil and balsamic vinegar
-smart balance butter spread
-whole wheat sandwich thins
-chocolate chips ;)

That doesn't include EVERYTHING that goes into my shopping cart at the store. It's a pretty good basic list of what I eat, but not everything that I eat..Trust me, I get my fair share of sweets and indulgences every week.

Any tips, ideas, thoughts, comments would be greatly appreciated!! What are your favorite things that I could add to my food list?
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