Monday, 3 August 2015

Come Shop With Me : Healthy whole foods

It's important to start every month with goals and it's easy to go healthy one week and unhealthy the next but as well know, consistency is key on this lifestyle journey I'm on so its back to doing a healthy shop and prepping my food for the week ahead so I decided to put together a little list of what I usually buy and what I cook for anyone who needs simple, healthy, easy meal ideas. 

This is what my basic shopping list looks like: 

I find that I react badly to a lot of dairy so I try to stick to either unsweetened soya or almond milk which I prefer. Aldi even does their own brand but I would buy the Alpro brand for taste. 

Blueberries are full of antioxidants and are lovely to add to porridge, yoghurt or the 9 calories Chivers jelly pots you can get in Tesco for a snack that will curb your sweet cravings without going overboard. 

Protein sources are gotten from eggs, chicken fillets, steak burgers, and smoked salmon for me as these are my favourites and I am fussy when it comes to what meat I will eat. I also like bacon medallions, they have all the fat removed for you ahead of time. I've gotten so addicted to spinach lately as its so easy to throw together a feta, spinach and mushroom omelette, or spice up a chicken breast with Cajun spice and make a salad with spinach and cherry tomatoes to bring for a quick lunch on the go. 

Here are some examples of what I like to have for breakfast: 

I usually mix 30g of porridge oats with almond milk and a drizzle of honey in the microwave for two and a half minutes and then top with berries, strawberries or slices of apple for a crunch. Green tea or my new favourite, dandelion tea accompanies it. 

I love making omelettes. They are my go to breakfast or lunch if I need a protein hit before or after the gym. Chop up your mushrooms, spinach, peppers whatever you want in it and sauté them on the pan while you whisk up two eggs, almond milk, cracked black pepper and salt in a bowl. Turn up the heat and pour your egg mixture. I like to finish the omelette off under the grill with a sprinkle of feta cheese.

My meals really consist of such basic ingredients : chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruit essentially. It's all about the spices - my favourite is Cajun spice to add flavour as well as smoked paprika. I like to have sweet potato wedges too, fish occasionally as well as the good quality steak burgers. 

It really makes such a difference preparing your food and knowing in advance what you are going to be eating when you are busy enough as it is trying to do workouts and go to work in your job as well. No doubt when I head back to college it will be even tougher but it's all about doing what you can for yourself. You will soon get used to eating healthy and fresh ingredients eating chips or overindulging to much won't even cross your mind. 

Hope this post helps! If you have any questions leave them in the comments xx


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