Kitchen Staples

When grocery shopping you might find yourself drifting down each isle, seeing whats new on the shelves. When really, there is only one way to guarantee real food is coming home with you, travel in a horse shoe shape. 

When you first walk in you are immediately in the produce department. This is the most important stop since this is where you will grab all of your fresh organic fruits and veggies filled with fiber and vitamins. Then you pit stop at the dairy to grab your eggs and greek yogurt before getting your last few items from the meat and fish department.

In a healthy diet, there are few exceptions for traveling into the middle isles. You might be reloading your cabinets with some tuna, peanut butter, coconut oil or something of that nature. Otherwise, most of what you will find isn't real food and shouldn't even see the inside of your grocery cart, nevermind your stomach.

The following is a list of items that are staples in a healthy kitchen. Categorized by type and including a small tip of how to use it. Enjoy, and eat clean!

Shopping List

Protein:

Chicken Breast (lean and high protein)

Eggs (hard-boiled, on-the-go protein)

Cans of Tuna (easy to prepare and throw in a salad)

Whey Protein (perfect post-workout meal)

Greek Yogurt (high in protein; great for snacks)

Cottage Cheese (high in protein; great for snacks)

Fats:

Mixed Raw Nuts (mix of healthy fats; add to snacks)

"Just Great Stuff" Peanut Butter (add to post-workout meal)

Vegtables:

Baby Spinach (nutrient dense, add to post-workout meal)

Kale (nutrient dense, great for salads)

Brocolli (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Asparagus (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Mushrooms (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Onion (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Tomatoes (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Bell Pepper (raw or cooked and prepare for any meal)

Parsnips (try mashed, prepare and add to any meal)

Fruit:

Apple (great for energy pre or post-workout)

Banana (great for energy pre or post-workout)

Frozen Mixed Berries (try in your post-workout shake)

Carbs:

Sweet Potato (great for energy pre or post-workout)

Quinoa (great for energy pre or post-workout)

Chick Peas (great for energy pre or post-workout)

Oils:

Coconut Oil (great for cooking)

Olive Oil (use as salad dressing)

Balsamic Vinegar (use as salad dressing)

Written by: Timothy Khanoyan