As I was shopping this week, it occurred to me that I have found new favorite foods. Yummy, nutritious things to eat that are now my go-to foods. You know those foods…the stuff you HAVE TO HAVE in your cupboards or refridgerator every day. In order of importance, here are my must haves:
- Greek Yogurt: Bar none, greek yogurt has become the food I most look forward to eating daily. My preference is Chobani brand Greek Yogurt. If you compare regular yogurt to greek yogurt, per ounce greek yogurt has only 2 more calories, but half the sugar and twice the protein. This means that for just a few more calories, it satisfies me longer. And feeling fuller means that I don’t want to cheat and eat a donut. (Photo Source)
- Edamame: I love me some edamame! You can buy these unshelled soy beans pre-cooked and frozen in small little packets. I buy them from Costco and pop them in my freezer. And then, when I need a little mindless snack, something to replace high fat, empty calories like potato chips, I just zap them for 2 minutes in the microwave and I have fun, tasty thing to eat that doesn’t pack on the pounds. The best thing is that edame is very low in sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. (Photo Source)
- Low Fat String Cheese: Wanna play with your food? And eat healthy? Add low fat string cheese to your diet. I love the different ways that I can eat it. Sometimes, I cut it into little coins, and eat them slowly, one by one. Sometimes, I peel off the strings, and eat them like a kid. And sometimes, I zap the cheese for 15 seconds in the microwave, and eat it warm and a little melty. My very favorite thing is to take a few low fat cracker, such as Low Fat Wheat Thins, and add a piece of string cheese, and then a piece of jalapeno pepper on the very top. The crunch is satisfying and feels like a little hors d’oeuvre. MM Good!
- Bananas: I think the banana may be the most perfect food. It is easily digested, contains nature sugars for energy, high in protein, high in potassium. It is portable, has it’s own wrapper and contains almost 20% of your daily vitamin C need. And it is great to help you regulate your, um, bathroom products. Which can come in handy when you are first trying to lose weight and your body rebels. I have at least one banana a day. (Fact Source)
- Water Bottles: Technically, the water bottles I purchased are not a food, but they have helped me so much to drink the water I need every day. At first, I tried to use recycled water bottles, but they were thin, and easily collasped. The caps became harder and harder to screw on, and sometimes they leaked in my bag. I found these particular bottles at Bed Bath and Beyond. They are thick, and easy to clean. The caps are very strong and have a silicone seal to keep the water in the bottle. These are designed to work with their new SodaStream soda maker, but you can buy them separately.
Do you have a “Go-To” nutritious food or product that has helped your healthy eating goals? Drop me a line and let me know!
Holly is the mother of three grown daughters, and has recently embarked on her own journey of weight loss and healthy living. Convinced that the key to her success is smart, but manageable, eating choices, she is now a regular columnist for The Frugal Flambe- you can catch her posts every Friday right here! Join her every week as she shares her triumphs and successes, and maybe a couple of stumbles along the way. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be horrible- Holly can do it, and so can you.