Eating clean requires keeping healthy foods on hand. To ensure that even on those nights when we get home late and are exhausted, we still have fresh, healthy foods on hand in order to pull together a quick, easy, yet nutrition-packed meal. From stir-frys, to salads, to grilled veggies and some sort of protein, by keeping the essentials listed below on hand, we eat simple, healthy meals majority of the time.
I prioritize my diet and my sleep more than anything else. Even exercise comes second. Between getting enough rest and fueling my body right, I am able to maintain my health–even when I am putting in long hours day after day.
So check out what’s in our fridge right now:
EGGS — Eggs are probably my favorite type of protein. I cherish weekends when I can make omelets, frittatas, whole grain pancakes
Juice — As you may have seen in my last post, Why I eat Clean, we are hooked on our morning smoothies. We switch between using orange juice and apple juice and will also add a little acai juice for an extra nutritional boost!
Fruit — I am a fruit-a-holic. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be fruit. From berries, to stone fruits, to apples and pears, to melons and everything exotic…I love them all! Fruits are my snack of choice and my favorite dessert — I grab a piece of fruit before diving into any sort of snack food.
Greek Yogurt — From smoothies to mac & cheese, Greek yogurt is my go-to “white” food. I use it in place of sour cream on soups and also on my French Toast (try it with some berries and maple syrup). This high-protein packed food is a staple.
Veggies — Portobello mushrooms (small and large), spinach, kale, carrots, avocados, celery…and the list goes on. Whether sauteed, raw, or juiced…we always try to keep a variety of veggies on hand.
I am a believer that you can pay for your health now or later…but by paying more now for healthier foods you are helping prevent illness, as opposed to paying more in healthcare bills down the road. I see eating healthy as an investment…for myself, my family, our business, my future kids/grandchildren and everyone I love.
When I visit schools, I have the students repeat, “MY HEALTH IS MY GREATEST WEALTH.” This six word statement is one of the most important things to remember. I believe in balance and moderation and am not against indulging in treats. I live by the 80:20 rule. 80% of the time I eat clean, and 20% of the time I will enjoy something “unhealthy”.