8 healthy foods to always keep stocked in your kitchen

Part of healthy eating is being prepared, and yes, I will admit, even the cookbook author and food blogger in me isn’t always the most prepared of people.  However, you will always find these 8 food items stocked in my refrigerator, freezer or pantry!

Eggs

Fry them up in a cast iron skillet, poach them, soft-boil them and smear a bit of pesto on top! Eggs are so versatile and complete will all of the essential amino acids, making them one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  A few eggs each morning keeps my blood sugar stable all the way until lunch and any munching, cravings away!

Inspiration: Green Eggs & Ham, Scotch Eggs, Grain-Free Eggs Benedict

Macadamia Nuts

These little white nuts are so crunchy and flavorful and a nutrient dense snack of good calories and heart healthy fats.  Macadamia nuts are a good source of fat that will keep you satiated, but also low in carbohydrates.  A half cup or about 2 handfuls has only about 10 grams of carbohydrates.  I always carry a bag of them in my purse for when I start to feel my blood sugar drop or need a quick snack!

Tip: Look for macadamia nuts that are raw or dry roasted without any added bad oils or refined salt!

Inspiration: Crunchy Roasted Granola or Dairy Free Pesto

Grass-fed butter

Let’s be honest, butter just makes everything taste better, but grass-fed butter specifically is high in CLA which actually can help prevent weight gain and encourage weight loss.  Butter is also a blood sugar regulator, so I always add an extra slice to my roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes as this will help slow the rate at which the sugars enter your system.

Find it HERE.

Inspiration: Morning Butter Biscuits

Celtic Sea Salt

I have this saying that goes, when in doubt, more butter, more salt and more garlic—and most often I hold true to that statement.  Unrefined salt such as Celtic sea salt contains endless minerals that you need and will boost the flavor of your meals like nothing else!

Find it HERE.

Fresh spinach

Fresh and with a deep hue of green, spinach contains endless vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Fresh, living food in return gives your body the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive! Spinach is also high in Vitamin C, so it is a great immune booster!

Tip: My favorite way to eat spinach is to sauté several large handfuls in some garlic and grass-fed butter then top it with an egg for a quick snack or breakfast!

Onions

Sometimes my creativity is just lost and I have no clue where to start for dinner.  Well, start with an onion, sauté or caramelize it and the rest will come to you!  You can add caramelized onions to scrambled eggs or frittatas, top with burgers or serve with a simple dish of roasted chicken.

Grass-fed ground beef

Just as you are what you eat, so are the animals where our meat comes from! Grass-fed ground beef is an economical cut of beef and high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are very important to reducing inflammation and keeping you healthy on so many levels!

Tip: I always keep a few individually wrapped pounds in my freezer so that I can quickly defrost and turn into taco meat, meatballs or grill up for some lettuce wrapped burgers!

Find it HERE.

Sweet Potatoes

Oh the million and one things you can do with sweet potatoes, and these are my go to source of carbs! My favorite way is just to roast them with lots of butter, salt and paprika, but you can also make sweet potato fries or even turn them into waffles (recipe in All American Paleo Table)!

Inspiration: Make this comfort food, loaded sweet potato fries HERE or this breakfast hash.


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