10 Healthy Foods…

10 healthy foods

I am linking up today for Dish the Fit. Today’s theme is 5-10 healthy foods I could not live without. Being a healthy food nut, this was super easy for me. Others came close to hitting this list, but for me I chose foods I consider staples in my house. I am rarely without these food items in my house and to be honest, most I consume daily.

So, here we go… my 10 foods I would not want to live without and why… (in no particular order).

  1. Sweet potatoes. I have loved sweet potatoes since college. In fact, I have been nicknamed “yam” a time or two. My best friend swears that I am going to have twins someday because I eat them so much. I think it’s an old wives’ tale, but would welcome twins whether it is true or not.
  2. Peanut Butter. I have spoken of my love affair with peanut butter. I have it on the regular, usually as part of my morning meal. I prefer the natural variety and the chunkier the better. My favorite brands are the Central Market and Whole Foods store brands (price check that, homey!).
  3. Greek yogurt. I could become a vegetarian and am very open to it (my struggle with whether or not to is for another blog post. I seriously have arguments for both sides personally). I, however, have no desire to practice a vegan way of eating, because I highly value Greek yogurt. I would not want to give this up. Nor do I feel like I need to. So, Greek yogurt, you have officially made your way into my heart and are here to stay!
  4. Apples. This is the one fruit that never leaves my side. I definitely go through phases on which variety I like, but I rarely do not have apples in the fridge. My current fave is Golden Delicious, but I have went through the Gala, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Honeycrisp stages in the recent past. Yum times ten to all varieties!
  5. Honey. Who needs alternative sweeteners or even sugar when you have honey? Bees know what they are doing. Thank you, bees! Honor their work by keeping local honey in your house. A little goes a long way and I particularly love honey on my peanut butter toast and in my chai tea lattes or weekly cup of coffee. Yes, I said weekly. I am no coffee connoisseur but do enjoy a cup on the weekends with my honey (squared). See what I did there?
  6. Larabars. These are my favorite food items to grab and go. They are so easy to keep in my purse for whenever I will be away from the house for awhile or in my car for a super long time. Current favorite flavors include: Peanut butter chocolate chip, Chocolate chip brownie, and the Uber Dark chocolate peanut. Okay, can you tell I love chocolate?!
  7. Bananas. I once wrote a rhyme about bananas. I love them that much. I would share it with you, but it was on my old blog that I no longer own. It got deleted. Anyway, not important. I like sliced bananas on my peanut butter toast. I like 1/2 a banana in my green smoothie. I like 1/2 a banana mashed in my protein pancake. I like sliced bananas in my Greek yogurt parfait. Bananas are apparently just the IT food for me. I guess like a monkey?!? But, I do keep it to one banana max per day.
  8. Carrots. And no baby ones for me. I like the full carrots that I have to shave to eat with a peeler. I like a carrot in my morning juice that I make sometimes or to dip into my next must-have…
  9. Guacamole packs. These things rock! Thank you, wholly guacamole, for making these. They are easy to grab and go, plus they taste better than any guacamole I have ever tried to make myself. The ingredients are wholesome.. nothing I can’t pronounce. And you know I like that!
  10. Cinnamon. Technically not a food, but I had to add it in. It spices up my life on the regular! It’s on my peanut butter toast, sometimes in my Greek yogurt, often on my sweet potato, and definitely in any oatmeal. I love love love cinnamon!

Well, that was fun! I like talking food, especially healthy food. There are so many good foods out there and I particularly love that some can even fight off diseases. Prevention is key.. and the way we eat is shaping our future. So why not eat more fruits and vegetables? Okay, off my soap box.

What would you add to the list?

The Fit Pepper

WTEW: Guilt Free Snacks

I was on a plane and in an airport twice over this past weekend so had plenty of time to catch up on magazines I had piling up. One of the magazines, Everyday with Rachel Ray, had this awesome book of “guilt-free snacks.” I liked several of them, but will share 5 of my favorites with you today. They are ALL super easy to prepare!

  1. Cinnamon maple seed clusters. Here’s a little health tip: when buying maple syrup, look for 100% pure maple syrup as the only ingredient. No additives needed. I also tend to look for ones made in Vermont or somewhere near there. They know how to do maple syrup!clusters
  2. Gauc Cup. Avocados have loads of healthy fats and did you know that they are good for the skin? Eat up! This snack includes a handful of tortilla chips, but you could also substitute the chips for carrots, pita chips, or anything else you like to dip!guac
  3. Moroccan Nut Mix. Nuts are by far my favorite snack and have been for awhile. I love the heck out of nuts and I don’t discriminate. I like ’em all! This is a great way to mix it up a bit though and add in a spice or two. Spices have health benefits too, ya know.nut mix
  4. Pear Pizzettes. I know I am not the majority here, but I am not the biggest fan of cheese. I do, however, love certain cheeses and blue cheese is one of them. I think I like it because a little goes a long way. I just need a crumble or two to taste the flavor. And pears? Oh, yum! Always a fan. Remember, when choosing an English muffin, look for 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat. I actually look for Ezekial brand in the freezer or go for a freshly baked sourdough at a local market. pear
  5. Sweet & Spicy Popcorn. My mom told me she always craved popcorn when she was pregnant with me. I blame her for my popcorn love affair. I don’t ever get sick of popcorn so love finding ways to create a popcorn masterpiece out of plain popcorn. I typically stay away from microwave popcorn, because most have added ingredients I don’t think I need. I do, however, love some bagged varieties like Boom chicka pop. Next time I go to the store, I will buy plain and try this little potion with coconut palm sugar in place of brown sugar.popcorn

Which snack looks the most delicious to you? Happy snacking!