Hey darling angel,
Below are some things I keep on hand at all times, because not only do they make the best lunch ever, they’re really versatile and I use each product in so many different ways. Keep in mind that I try to buy everything organically when I can.
“Keep good foods on hand and you’ll eat good foods.”
Yummy, healthy and inexpensive things to always keep stocked at home or at work.
There are really only 3 places that I shop: Vitacost.com, Trader Joe’s and Kroger. I do occasionally shop at Earth Fare too and I will shop at Whole Foods when we get one here in Knoxville. My #1 focus when shopping for organic food is to save the money honey.
I’ve provided links to all the things on this page where you can get these products at the best possible price. From years of working in a grocery store and scouring the web, I’ve got healthy shopping on the cheap down to a science.
When a grain is sprouted it becomes super rich in vitamins and enzymes making it extremely easy to digest. When you’re digestive system can take a break it helps you have more energy instantly and helps you naturally avoid gaining weight.
According to NaturalNews, “sprouts have the highest concentration of nutrition per calorie of any food” and they are very inexpensive. They’re packed with protein and very easy on the tummy. Basically, they’ll super charge your weight loss and give you a boost of clean energy. Great in salads, on toast with eggs or in a smoothie. Fit them in where ever you can.
Even though this product is not organic which bugs me because it uses soy (a huge GMO crop) it is technically verified non-GMO on the label. So that’s good. As opposed to Veganaise, this is much lower in calories. I use this to perk up sauces and things. I don’t use a ton, but it’s that little helper when I need it.
I love hummus, but I try to keep my intake balanced. It is a healthy food because of the fiber and protein content, but beans can be hard to digest and if you rely too heavily on hummus for snacking it could actually be contributing to weight gain. It’s always best to make your hummus from scratch by first soaking and cooking your own beans. I know this is labor intensive but it saves a ton of money!
Awesome condiment for use in just about everything! Put it on eggs, sandwiches, in soups and whatever else you can think of. Spicy and mild at the same time. I like to buy mine online because its almost always cheaper.
Many people may not know that mustard is actually a healthy food. Mustard usually contains turmeric, a spice that reduces inflammation, and vinegar which helps to alkalize the blood. It’s also good to use in other sauces, again, to brighten it up a bit.
Almonds are a great snack on the go. Keep some in your purse for a quick nibble if you’re dying of starvation. Use them in your cereal or in baked goods. Trader Joe’s has the best price in town on bulk nuts and seeds. That’s where I mainly shop for things like that.
Air popped pop corn is a really healthy snack, but please DO NOT buy inorganic corn products unless you want to turn into that fish from The Simpsons. I prefer to buy my own popping pop corn and make it on the stove top. This guy is great in a pinch though.
Instead of relying on coffee in the afternoon for a pick-me-up, go for green or black tea. They both have powerful anti-cancer anti-oxidants. Please choose organic! I got this box of tea from Kroger’s Simple Truth line of organic products. Kroger has great “Manager’s Specials” all the time. Stock up on items when you see its marked down.
A more savory peanut butter. Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds. It’s amazing and I use it for so many different things. I always have this well stocked in my pantry. I get mine on vitacost.com because it’s so much less expensive than in the grocery store.
Another staple that I get online. Garbanzo beans are high in protein and fiber. You can saute them, add them to a stew or soup or you can even make hummus!
If you keep these products near by, you’ll be guaranteed to feel better, loose weight and save money this year.