Ever wonder what’s in a dietitian’s kitchen? A recent appointment I had with a client inspired this post! She asked “can I just come to your house and see what’s in your cabinet and fridge?” Well for anyone else who is wondering what a dietitian has in her house this is the post for you!
1. Fresh/Frozen Veggies: I’m sure you were all expecting to see these on the list! I pick up a big assortment of fresh veggies every week. Most of them go towards mealtimes but extras get used for snacks. I like to chop up some extra bell peppers, carrots, celery, and broccoli and put them into small plastic containers with hummus for a quick snack. Frozen veggies are always in my freezer as a backup. Look for choices that are frozen without seasonings or sauces.
2. Fresh/Frozen Fruit: I love fruit and have no problem getting in my 2-3 servings per day. Apples, oranges, and bananas are great for on the go breakfasts and snacks (paired with a protein of course!). Frozen fruit is great to stock up on, especially during the winter months when blueberries and strawberries are hard to come by. I love using them to add some flavor into smoothies and yogurt.
3. Siggi’s Yogurt: My favorite yogurt for so many reasons. One being it has far less sugar than other yogurt options (9-10 g per serving compared to 20+g). That being said it also has a lot less crap (for lack of a better word) that other low-calorie yogurt tends to have. The yogurts come in low-fat and whole-milk options as well as drinkable versions. I love pairing a vanilla 1% yogurt with 2 tbsp of granola and some frozen blueberries.
4. Purely Elizabeth Granola: The perfect topper to my yogurt in the morning – I love the blueberry hemp ancient grains. It has all recognizable ingredients including several ancient grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth and chia! There’s only 7 grams of sugar but it’s a delicious combo of sweet and salty.
5. RxBar: One of my favorite whole food bars. Egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates are the core ingredients to all of the bars. With 12 grams of protein, healthy fats and no added sugar, they’re perfect to keep in a desk drawer or purse for snack time.
6. Vital Proteins Collagen Whey Protein Powder: Another favorite with recognizable ingredients! I like to blend 2 scoops of this with 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tablespoon of flax meal, and 1/2 cup frozen fruit for a quick and balanced breakfast smoothie.
7. Avocado Oil: This has recently replaced olive oil in my pantry. It’s a great source of mono and poly unsaturated fats (the good fats) just like olive oil. I like the taste of this a little better – it tastes fresher than olive oil does. It also has a higher smoke point at 500 degrees compared to 250 degrees that olive oil has.
8. Brown Rice: This is another pantry essential of mine. On days when I get home late and don’t feel like putting together anything special for dinner this is an easy side to a piece of grilled chicken or fish and veggies. Choose brown rice over white rice – it’s a source of whole grains and provides more fiber than its white counterpart.
9. Individually Wrapped Chicken Breasts: Perfect source of protein for those nights requiring an easy but healthy meal. I also like to cook a few extra so I can put it on top of a salad or into a wrap the next day.
I’m going to try to post a little bit more frequently than I have been. Between a new job and moving into a new apartment with my boyfriend I haven’t had a chance to post! Have suggestions for me? Click the contact me button on my homepage! 🙂