Every week my grocery basket holds the same contents. I guess that sounds a little boring, but I would not change it for the world! I enjoy the food I eat so much, full of flavour, variety, and the bonus, it is helping me maintain a healthy mind and body.
- Almond milk
- Almond butter
- Natural peanut butter (sugar free)
- Protein powder
- Chia seeds
- Spirulina powder
- Turkey breast
- Chicken breast
- Smoked salmon
- Pumpkin/sunflower seeds
- Desiccated coconut
- Low calorie popcorn snack bags
- Rocket salad
- Frozen berries
- Coconut water
- Bounce balls
- Sugar free chocolate (nobody is perfect!)
That is my weekly shop. Obviously I’m not purchasing protein powder, spirulina etc each week, but the moment I run out, it’s repurchased.
What do I do with all these items:
Almond milk is now an essential in my life, having discovered that cows milk is the top aggravator for hormonal acne, of which I suffer from, once discovering this, my life changed in a week. No more visits to the doctor and prescriptions for antibiotics, my skin changed dramatically once I said adios to dairy. So I changed to soya, it seemed like a sensible option. How wrong could I be! Within 3 months, I was in constant pain, my stomach was permanently distended and hurt 24/7, I developed a rash across my neck that looked like I had been burnt, and two months of a chest infection which did not clear even with two rounds of antibiotics, I was put on an inhaler to help me breathe. As it happened, my friend was having similar issues and when she sent me a text to say she was convinced soya was the culprit, I researched it online and was shocked to read some of the horror stories and to discover chronic stomach pain, facial rashes and difficulty breathing were symptoms of being intolerant. Goodbye soya milk, soya yoghurt, soya sauce, edamame etc. A week later my health was on the road to recovery, I felt human again. So this is how I arrived at the purchasing of almond milk. A long winded paragraph there, but what I’ve learnt from all of this, is the importance of what we feed ourselves as it has huge impact on our health. Food intolerance is so often the cause of problems we endure from allergies to fatigue to migraines or stomach pain. I use almond milk in my coffee and also for my protein shakes I have each morning post gym workout.
Almond butter/Peanut butter/Oats/Chia/Spirulina/Protein powder:
These are my ingredients for my morning protein shake. I alternate between almond or peanut butter, some days I add a banana, and even an espresso shot. Mixed with half almond milk and half water, this is the most satisfying, delicious and nutritious breakfast. And no the protein powder DOES NOT make me ‘bulk up’ – but more on that in a later post.Turkey breast/Eggs/Avocado:
My weekday lunch, turkey, a boiled egg and sliced avocado drizzled in chill infused olive oil. I just never get tired of this combo!
These ingredients, along with the addition of protein powder, raisins, chopped almonds, peanut butter and sometimes coffee granules, form the basis of my favourite afternoon snack, raw protein balls. They are so sweet and so delicious that they replace all cravings for anything sweet as they’re as satisfying as a piece of cake.
Chicken breast/Smoked salmon/Eggs:
One of these will be on my dinner plate each night to ensure a huge protein hit.
Accompanying the protein on my dinner plate each night will either be kale that I’ve stir fried with crushed garlic and dried chilli flakes or a rocket salad with the various other ingredients. Hot sauce and chilli infused olive oil is always an essential on top of these for me.
Popcorn/Bounce balls/Sugar free chocolate/Coconut water:
My preferred morning, afternoon or post dinner snacks. Bounce balls may be purchased in the UK in health food stores and Wholefoods Market, and are a high protein ball available in a variety of flavours, all delicious. Sugar free chocolate is something I actually do not personally recommend you rush out and buy, as you must be aware that it is full of artificial sweetener, and often a sweetener called maltitol is added. Regardless of the fact sweeteners are said to possibly enhance the risk of cancer and other illness, maltitol if eaten in excess causes a laxative effect and the most chronic stomach pains. Hence why I do not recommend you necessarily rush out and purchase this sugar free treat. I eat it at risk, but also knowing I can only ever occasionally have one to two squares at most in a day.
Always a good morning or lunch snack, and frozen berries make a tasty post dinner treat. I make sure I do not over do it on fruit each day, which is difficult as it is my favourite thing to eat. Full of so much goodness, but still high in sugars, it is therefore important to not go OTT on it.
Every single morning, the first thing I ingest is half a lemon squeezed into a pint of warm water. This is the best way to rev up your digestive system and flush out toxins.
That ladies and gentlemen is more or less my weekly menu. Thankfully The Boy Next Door is equally health conscious, so together we often come up with really delicious meal ideas which I will share with you in a future post.
Since making a conscious decision to really step up my healthy eating, and reducing treats from my diet, I am still in slight shock that for the first time in my life I no longer crave sugar. I have always had the most unbelievable sweet tooth, but since eliminating sugar on a daily basis, I can sit next to a piece of cake or a bar of chocolate and really not give a damn. I never ever thought I would be one of those people, and I can only attribute this to the foods I now choose to eat. Learning to create treats and snacks using natural ingredients, such as the raw protein balls I mention above, means I am satisfied with a sweet hit, but without the calories and detriment to my health that sugar provides.
Do not for a second think that I am one of those people who never eats junk. Those people are so annoying. As my friends will tell you, I adore baking and always turn up to parties with cakes and other desserts. So this is my rule, each week, usually Saturday or Sunday, The Boy Next Door and I have the most amazing cheat meal. We recently went to our favourite brunch spot, Kopapa in Covent Garden, owned by well known NZ chef Peter Gordon. We ordered so much food, that the waitress stared at us with slightly widened, bewildered eyes. Enjoying a day of eating whatever the eff you want, makes eating healthy the rest of the week pretty easy. There is also another reason for this high calorie day of eating, it helps you lose body fat. Yes. Really. But I will explain this in a separate post.