I’m a creature of habit, especially when it comes to food. Don’t get me wrong, I love trying new things, but I have my staple bits and pieces that I always turn to.
Oats: The perfect breakfast or pre-gym snack. Full of antioxidants and fibre, and I absolutely love the taste. I pretty much have oatmeal every single day. (You can find my ‘Go-To Oatmeal’ recipe in a previous blog post.)
Bananas: My favourite fruit. I need them to be a little brown before I can eat them… Good source of carbs and potassium and super tasty on top of oatmeal!
Blueberries: Superfood for a reason! Containing high levels of antioxidants, a ton of vitamins and fibre. Blueberries and strawberries are the berries I always grab for a quick snack or as a dessert when I’m craving something sweet!
Spinach: Great as a salad base, really voluminous and I don’t think it tastes of much so it’s a great way to get micronutrients and greens into my day. Spinach contains numerous good vitamins, as well as fiber, iron and calcium. All the good stuff!
Eggs: Good protein and fats. So tasty paired with smashed avocado!
Avocado: An amazing source of healthy fats, a ripe avocado mashed up with a little lime juice, chilli flakes and black pepper makes the perfect combination and is a real treat paired with poached eggs!
Tuna: Amazing source of natural protein. Tuna also contains magnesium, potassium and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. I always use tuna with my spinach and a few other veggies for a quick throw-together salad to take with me on the go.
Rice Cakes: I mean, they shouldn’t really be taking the name ‘cake,’ but they are a perfect healthy source of carbs as a fab pre-gym snack for me.
Peanut Butter: Addiction isn’t even the word. My favourite food without a doubt is anything that includes peanut butter. Make sure you’re having a nut butter made from 100% nuts (no palm oil!!) and you’ll have a great source of natural protein, potassium and fibre. I really have to exercise portion control when it comes to nut butters, so I was happy when I discovered BetterBody’s PB Fit, powdered peanut butter that can be mixed with water and contains an eighth of that fat and less than half the calories per equivalent serving of regular pb. This stuff is literally so good and definitely a staple food in my diet.
Wholegrain Rice: Healthy carbs. For extra info on healthy carbohydrate sources look at my blog post ‘I Don’t Follow a Low Carb Diet.’
Cinnamon: My favourite spice. Cinnamon is known for helping to level out blood sugars. Guess what I add cinnamon to every morning…
Coffee: I need this in my life to function. I know coffee is not ‘healthy’ but I love it anyway. Black coffee with a dash of almond milk – another staple!