Saturday, May 9, 2015

5 Clean Eating Kitchen Staples

As you may or may not know I am trying my absolute best to get into clean eating. So far so good! My body thanks me so much for filling it full of deliciousness! I've been trying to narrow down a list of staples I like to always have on hand to share with you.

1. Coconut Oil/Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We've all heard a million times over the benefits of coconut oil BUT did you know it is actually delicious!? AND if you aren't a coconut fan, you can get oil that doesn't have any coconut taste. Weird I know. I've had a couple of my friends try it and they agree with me, no coconut taste at all!

The one of the left doesn't taste like coconuts at all. I can't explain it but it's true! The middle one is delicious and coconutty, my favourite for sure. I do find that you can get a little sick of the coconut taste though so I like to buy the one on the left in times like that.

I like to use olive oil when I need a higher heat or if I don't want the coconut taste to take over the meal.

2. Plain Greek Yogurt

I am such a creature of habit. When I find something I love that's easy, I stick to it. So every single weekday morning around 10:30 am I get out a bowl of Greek yogurt and whatever fruit I'm loving at the moment. Currently grapes halved are my new favourite! Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, anything makes it delicious!

Plain Greek yogurt is filled with good stuff, especially protein. The stuff I eat (Liberte 0%) has 18g of protein per serving! If you're not a huge fan, put frozen berries in the night before, by the time you are ready to eat they have gotten all melty, juicy and delicious!

3. Bananas

Bananas are so versatile! They are one of the easiest snacks to have on hand. They come in their own packaging for goodness sakes! I love throwing them in my chocolate shakes but I especially love making pancakes! Yup pancakes made from 1/2 a banana and one egg. Can't get easier then that. Check out this post to see how to make them!

4. Taco/Fajita Seasoning

I have been trying to use as many different seasonings as possible. Who knew there were so many tastes out there!

I've been making my own seasoning to put on ground chicken or turkey. Perfect for taco night, pizza meat, or taco salad.

5. Peanut/Almond Butter

This is the No joke this stuff is awesome! I made them both homemade, so simple. Just throw some peanuts/almonds in a food processor and blend until smooth! I added a teaspoon of coconut oil in the almond butter and I swear it's like snacking on cookie dough. Perfect way to ease your sweet tooth without feeling guilty about it!

What are your must haves in your kitchen??


Martha Hokenson said...

I love coconut oil! I use it in recipes, sauteing, etc.

Kim @ Kimberley's Quests said...

Where do you usually buy the coconut oil on the left? I'm in Halifax (assuming from the Compliments brand oil you're in Canada too) and I am really intrigued by the idea of tasteless coconut oil as my introduction into using it.
Thanks for sharing!!