I do have some key staples and since I finally live alone there’s no more labeling of my food, or only buying what I can cram in next to five other people’s food! Here are the things you can ALWAYS find in my fridge/pantry, no matter what:
- Greek yogurt: vanilla Chobani for me & the dog
- Brown organic eggs & carton of egg whites
- Unsweetened almond milk: 50% more calcium than milk and no added sugar
- Quinoa: Great protein, easy to prep and easy to mix with fish, roasted veggies, or even stuff an avocado with!
- Gluten free OR quinoa pasta: I like to use gluten free pastas the night before a long run when I don’t want the wheat belly feeling the following day. Pastas don’t really work well for me the night before, so I’m not really a “carbo load” gal. I’ve learned it has to be a gradual build up over the week. Great in soups, too!
- Low sodium beans: black, kidney, whatever… can you say black bean burgers? YUM
- Jar of gravy (sauce for all you non-Italians)
Fruits & Veggies:
- Frozen veggies: No one said your veggies have to always be fresh! Frozen vegetables work just as well and can be cheaper at stores. I always keep 5 or 6 bags in the freezer. These are good to mix into soups, heat at the office for a snack, or serve simply as a side dish.
- The fresh stuff: carrots, kale, a red onion, lemon, strawberries/blueberries, apples, and bananas
- Justin’s Nut Butter: I’ll take it in all flavors; almond, hazelnut, choco almond, honey peanut butter (you get the idea. Justin’s ROCKS!)
- Nuts & seeds for snacking: I only discriminate against raw walnuts.
- Something sweet in my freezer: my current obsession is Almond MMs/frozen banana slices (pulse in a food processor w/ a tsp of PB or cocoa powder= instant ice cream)
- Red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cumin
- Vegetable stock
- Extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil
- cooking spray
- whole-wheat flour
By keeping these things handy, I’m able to plug in things recipes call for without breaking the bank by needing everything for a whole meal. These staples go a long way! Other proteins like fish, ground turkey, etc. I like to buy fresh and use right away so that stuff is on a need-only basis. For the most part I cook at home but I do have my weird take-out night traditions (Thai food the night before a long run). It works for me! haha
What are some of your staples? What foods fuel you?