sweet potato toast

The Bare Necessities of a Foodie

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a helpful blog post, sorry for the silence over the past month! I’m currently in the process of moving from Austin to Denver, so things have been pretty crazy for me lately!

Recently, I’ve had several people come to me asking how I go about grocery shopping and planning my meals for the week, so that’s what I’m going to focus on in this post. It’s really simple to eat healthy and most of the items I buy are not expensive, so get your grocery list ready!

First, I have my pantry staples. If I don’t have the following in my pantry on Monday, I will most definitely make a trip to the grocery store. They make meals come together and are quick & easy during the work week.

  1. Brown Rice– the perfect base for bowls, curries, or stir fries.
  2. Quiona– another protein-rich base for bowls. I usually use leftover quinoa on salads and as a substitute for oats in the morning.
  3. Rolled Oats– a great hearty breakfast or lunch that will keep you full for HOURS. Also a great substitute for flour and great for baking healthy treats!
  4. Pasta- my favorite is Banza. It’s gluten free and made from chickpea flour, so it’s higher in protein than whole grain pasta.
  5. Tuna– canned tuna is great for quick lunches. I make mine with mashed avocado or hummus, salt & pepper, paprika, cayenne, and sometimes garbanzo beans!
  6. Smoothie toppings- if you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m all about smoothie bowls. My favorite toppings are pumpkin seeds, cashews, walnuts, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, and granola. You can find links to all of those in this blog post.

Next, I have my produce staples. These are the veggies I buy during every shopping trip because I love them so much and they compliment a lot of dishes.

  1. Bananas- I always buy bananas to have as a pre-workout snack. When they start to go brown I make banana bread or freeze them for smoothies! They also go well in Baked Oats.
  2. Frozen Fruits & Veggies- More smoothie staples. I use frozen berries, mangoes, peas, spinach, and kale.
  3. Sweet Potatoes- I eat sweet potatoes almost every day… They have so many nutrients and make a great substitute for other grains and bread if you’re gluten-free! Try my sweet potato toast, you won’t regret it.
  4. Avocados- Another food I eat pretty much every day. Great toppings for salads, grain bowls, sweet potato toasts and a great addition to smoothies.
  5. Other veggies- depending on what’s in season, I buy lots of veggies to cook throughout the week. My go-to veggies are cauliflower, broccoli, brussels, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, carrots, kale, and spinach. Add them to any stir-fry, veggie bowl, pasta dish, or salad!

What else is in my fridge? Mostly things for toppings and snacks! Here are a few other staples to my diet.

  1. Yogurt- I prefer non-dairy yogurt, but greek yogurt is great too! My favorite brands are Forager Project and Kite Hill Foods. 
  2. Almond Milk- Or any other plant-based milk. I buy a gallon of milk per week to use in smoothies, lattes, and baked goods.
  3. Hummus- literally goes well on ANYTHING. My favorite sauce is hummus mixed with any kind of vinegar, once you try it you’ll never buy store-bought salad dressing again.
  4. Eggs- There are so many ways to cook eggs but I’ve been loving soft-boiled lately. They go well on sweet potatoes, salads, and are great on their own!

If you want exact recipes for some of my favorite, simple meals, download my eBook below!


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