I’m sure that you’ve already noticed that I’m a food junky! I always loved food from childhood, but I have to say that after my weight loss, I’ve learned to love and appreciate food even more!
I’m always on the hunt for the best ingredients and healthy food stock for my kitchen and pantry. After finding things I love, I feel that it’s my duty to share it with you to help boost your weight loss and overall health.
Trust me, when it comes to weight loss.. you’ll never catching me eating steamed chicken and broccoli. I have mastered the art of delicious healthy cooking that I forget I’m eating low fat, low carb or even sugar free
The following items that are on display can all be found in my pantry!
Organic White Chicken breast in water: Lean protein is essential for building lean muscles and great for suppressing that devil of an appetite. This 100 calorie option is perfect for me. I add a little low fat mayo, salt n peppa, glob of honey mustard and drop it in a whole grain wrap with some spinach and tomatoes. Mmmmm
Roasted Red Peppers: Yes this next one is low in calories, low in carbs and rich in Vitamin C, but most importantly, these pepper strips are delicious!! Add this to your chicken wrap, drop it in your omelette or just eat it straight! You can also make this at home, but roasting peppers with oil can pack on the calories.
Sexy Spices: Nothing drives me more wild than a spice rack! I bought a cute spice rack on sale from Bed Bath & Beyond that included 12 great spices like garlic powder, red pepper flakes, curry, cinnamon and other flavorful herbs. My food is always bursting with aromas and flavors. The more appetizing my food looks and smells, the more satisfied my taste buds are.
Canned Pumpkin Puree: I know that fall is over and Pumpkin is an Autumn harvest crop but I don’t care!!! I love me some pumpkin anything! You’ll always find pumpkin puree in my pantry. It’ low in fat and carbs, it full of beta carotene to help give my skin a healthy glow and it’s just so yummy too. Can you keep a secret? I think I have a pumpkin obsession lol. I love making guilt-free, sugar free pumpkin pudding, baked pumpkin oat muffins, and pumpkin protein shakes.. oh! And my newest recipe is the pumpkin ice cream!
Powdered Egg Whites: I do love my liquid egg whites too, but this powder is great for baking! Wanna make the best smoothie ever! Add a few tablespoons of this egg white powder to your protein shake and enjoy a creamier, smoother blend. Mmm.. oh, and don’t forget that this is also a great low fat, lean protein choice! You can find this in the baking goods aisle of the grocery store or order it online
HEMP!!! OMG.. I love Nutiva’s Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds! A few months ago, I got a special package from Nutiva’s CEO John Roulac (Thank John!!!). My box included his newest Hemp protein powder, hemp oil, coconut oil (mm mmm) and my new pantry favorite, his shelled hemp seeds. This is a great protein option for vegetarians because it’s considered a perfect protein (contains all aminos similar to animal protein) and is packed with Omega 3′s. Hemp seeds taste so buttery and sprinkle perfectly on salads and my pumpkin ice cream!!! Click here to read more about the benefits of my dear hemp plant
PEANUT… peanut butter! It’s really hard to come across individuals that hate peanut butter.. The only issue with peanut butter is that its calorie packed and contains a lot of fat which may not be too friendly for a person trying to drop a few pounds.
Not anymore! When I was in Seattle a few months ago, I walked into Custom Smoothie, a nutrition store and found this jar on the counter: Powdered Peanut Butter that was only 50 calories for 2 tbsps and 75% less fat than regular PB. If this tastes ok, then it would be a perfect substitute for a person following a low cal, low fat diet. Hmm… I was curious to try it so I bought a few jars. Of course it’s not as creamy and tasty as the real deal, but this powder was actually pretty, pretty, pretty good! I have been using it in my shakes and even mixing it with sugar free jelly to spread on whole grain bread. You can order this online
Magic Goji Berries! And the winner for the highest anti-oxidant rich food goes to… Goji!!!
Click here to read more details on the benefits of this fruit. A handful of these little guys a day provides me with a boost of anti-oxidant, phyto nutrients, Vitamin C and even a little protein. They’re a little tart but still good. I cook them in my morning oats, throw them in my smoothies or even sprinkle a few in my chicken sandwich.
I hope you enjoyed a peak into my pantry!
We would love to hear what’s in your pantry and why you chose those food items.
Love you all!