No, this isn't a sexy post, but you still need it.
What is a crucial element to being consistent in your nutrition game?
BEING PREPARED WHEN SH*T HITS THE FAN.
It doesn't matter when that happens - it just matters that you have a system for when it does.
Pimping your pantry can be the difference between grabbing ice cream or grabbing those meatballs and veggies when it's 15min to dinnertime and you're hungry af.
Don't even PLAY that game. You'll lose.
- SPICES will jazz up your meals and play a star role in dressings.
- OILS/LIQUIDS will cook your food properly and make it delicious.
- PANTRY ITEMS can store for extended periods of time.
- FROZEN foods are the ultimate Hail Mary (ok, so technically not a pantry item but falls under the long storage and back-up category).
Don’t want to think? Start stocking up on some of my favorites.
- Garlic powder
- Flavorgod Everything Seasoning
- Trader Joe's Garlic Seasoning
- Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel
- Flavorgod Buttery Cinnamon Roll
- Avocado or unrefined coconut oil (for high temp cooking)
- Extra virgin olive oil (for dressing and low temp cooking)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Red wine and/or balsamic vinegar
- Marinara sauce (Rao's is supreme)
- Tamari sauce
- Bulk rice (although I prefer frozen)
- Brown rice or chickpea pastas
- Black beans
- Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds (toppers for oatmeal, yogurt, and snacks)
- Pamela's GF Pancake Mix (#Sundays y'all)
- Nut butter (if you can moderate)
- Fav chips (Beanito's and plantain chips 4 lyfe)
- Rice (white, brown, or Cuban)
- Potatoes (sweet, red, white)
- Fries (sweet, white)
- Veggies of choice (you can cut fresh and store in a frozen Ziploc)
- Chicken nuggets/strips
- Fajita chicken
- Quick heat turkey/chicken burgers
You can always find a box of Banza's White Cheddar Mac'n'cheese in my pantry. What's your must-have pantry staple?