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Ward Off Hunger With A Stocked Kitchen

By Genevieve Smith

Cooking can be stressful, and meal prepping can be even more trying. It shouldn’t have to be this way. While there are special items you can pick up for a planned meal on the horizon, some ingredients should always be in your kitchen for when the hunger strikes. Having staple foods available at all times will allow you to eat nutritious meals on-the-go.

What to Keep on Hand

Next time you go grocery shopping, try scooping up these items and observe how much smoother the week passes with them in your kitchen. If you turn out to be a fan of keeping these staples around, make them a part of your regular grocery list! High in fiber, essential nutrients, and antioxidants, you’re sure to get a kick out of the ingredients on this list. 

  • Fresh produce - Stock up on fruits for those sugar cravings and you'll hit daily fiber needs. Balance out the cornucopia with easy on-the-run options, like apples, bananas, and dates. Keep heartier vegetables around for a time of need. Include whole potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers to get through the week.

  • Eggs - A great source of quick protein, eggs are a simple way to make a breakfast that will hold you over for a few hours. It need not end there, however. Add them to stir frys, gourmet burgers, or salads for extra Vitamin A, B, and D.

  • Oatmeal - Rich in fiber, this whole grain keeps you fuller longer. If you’re looking for alternative uses, consider working this into a smoothie or some homemade power bars.

  • Quinoa - This high protein alternative to pasta and rice has a high nutrition density and cooks up in about 15 minutes. Serve it hot as the base to a protein and veggie bowl, or let it cool for a hearty grain salad.

  • Nuts - High in nutritious omega-3 fats, nuts are great to have on deck as a snack. Thinking about going the extra mile? Add them to pancakes for breakfast, salad at lunchtime, or as a crust to a fish filet for dinner.

  • Frozen vegetables - Keeping a few bags of veggies in the freezer goes a long way when you’re trying to hit nutrition goals on the run. Both long lasting and convenient, frozen produce helps you get vitamins, minerals and fiber from a quick sauté or steam of your favorite produce.

Stocking up on various staple items will go a long way when it comes to busy weeks where meal planning flies out the window. By keeping a healthy supply of nutritious foods, you can ensure you’re eating well and taking care of your body in the ways it needs. Strive for a balance of foods with short and long shelf lives for a mix of fresh produce and hearty ingredients. Bon apetite!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Littleton, Colo.

 

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