Do you find yourself picking the same things off the grocery store shelves every week? Perhaps they’re not even healthy foods. However, you’re used to buying potato chips, and when you’re standing in the middle of the aisle it’s hard to think of what else you could snack on. So you sigh and pick them up — your go-to comfort food.
Truth be told, I do the same thing when I go to the grocery store. I buy many of the same foods week after week. In fact, I’ve vowed to make a habit of choosing a few select items that make it into my grocery cart at every trip. However, you’ll not find potato chips or diet soda in my cupboards. Want to know what’s in this nutritionist’s basket?
6 Foods This Certified Nutritionist Eats
Eats Every Week
Eggs are an excellent source of protein. They help give me energy in the morning, and they contain valuable amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, folate, B vitamins, and selenium. The membrane of the egg also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Eggs are a powerhouse food that can be prepared in many ways. They taste delicious scrambled for breakfast, hardboiled and enjoyed on a salad for lunch, and in a veggie-filled quiche for dinner. They’re also amazingly affordable!
Many people pay careful attention to the amount of vitamins they take in. However, the minerals in their diet are just as important. Did you know that just 1/4 cup of oats contains almost the recommended dietary allowance of manganese? Other essential minerals in oats include zinc, copper, molybdenum, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also a healthy source of fiber.
Of course, I’m not talking about quick oats — the kind that come from a packet and are loaded with sugar and other flavorings. No, my preference is steel-cut oats. You can even make these in a crockpot the night before. And if you’d like some extra flavor, add in pure maple syrup and apples. Or try adding organic chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and a little milk.
I find fruit to be a critical addition to my diet. Instead of reaching for those potato chips or a sugary snack, a piece of fruit provides nutrition and satisfies the sweet tooth as well.
I always buy organic fruit. It doesn’t matter what kind, as they all pack a powerful nutrient punch. However, I tend to buy apples often, as I can dip them in almond butter for a healthy mid-afternoon snack.
Sardines are not everyone’s cup of tea. However, I recommend almost any oily fish to my patients. The fatty acids protect your brain, regulate hormones, and decrease inflammation.
I love to add sardines to my daily salad.
5. Protein Bars
My favorite protein bar is the Betty Lou line that we carry right here at the pharmacy. It not only quells the mid-afternoon munchies, but also is good for a pick me up in the afternoon.
Of course no diet would be complete without a healthy dose of greens. I try to mix this up every week, but I’ll often have broccoli, kale, collards, or rich green lettuces in my cart.
I always make sure one of these finds its way onto my dinner plate, and I often use lettuces to create a healthy salad at lunch.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of everything I eat. However, I hope it gave you some new ideas to mix up your weekly shopping routine with some healthy choices.
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