But, recommendations aside, I am still a creature of habit, and I rely on certain staples to get me through the week.
Open our fridge any day and you can find most of the same foods there every week. We try to eat clean most days, but we still have our beloved pizza and wine night and we eat out probably much more than we should.
On any given week, we rotate out fruit, depending on what's in season (always apples, lemons, and bananas though and clementines and watermelon, in season)
and we always have many, many veggies
- always salad makings and avocado
- sweet potatoes, which we roast
- butternut squash, which we roast
- white potatoes are like bread in this Latin household, non-negotiable
- portabella caps for stuffing or grilling
- summer squashes in season, steamed, cooked with onion or grilled.
- asparagus, roasted or grilled
- spaghetti squash that we toss with low fat feta and tomato
- onions and peppers, and garlic and parsley with everything
- corn on the cob, plain and room temperature though--no butter or salt--even cold
- kale, for my mother-in-law's amazing guiso/stew
And there's always eggs...we can't have Tortilla Española without them.
But there's also egg beaters, for me when I mix up a protein pancake and can't bear to throw away good yolks.
As for grains, we go for whole wheat pasta, and I have tried those tofu "Shiritaki" noodles...SO not the real thing. I like quinoa, but my husband does not. Occasionally, we have rice, but it's usually to use up the leftover caldo/broth from the guiso. And if there's leftover rice...another tortilla.
For the most part, I tend to be brand loyal and have my favorites, for sure.
In addition, because I live in a Latin household, bread is non-negotiable, but we always go for 100% whole wheat. Occasionally, I throw in a low-carb wrap that I spread with hummus. But I also am a snacker, much to my dismay, so in addition to the nuts and fruit and cheese, I like a little Go-Lean Crunch, usually with my Greek yogurt.
Missing from the collage, but always a staple in our house, is a low-carb, low-sugar protein powder, Simply Smart skim milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a few Torani or Da Vinci sugar free syrups for mixing in variety with the protein shakes.
Of course, a girl has to splurge as well, so some of the things I consider an indulgence are of the sweet variety like:
Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups...not really a sweet indulgence, but a beloved indulgence for me in my quest to eat clean. They are divine!
Talenti Salted Caramel Gelato, just because.
PB2--Here's a tip. Slice a banana and throw the pieces in a ziplock bag. Add 1-2 tablespoons of PB2 and shake it up. So. Good!!!
Maybe someday I will muster the courage to blog about what I cook, but in the meantime, a post about the food that makes me smile will have to do.
What's in your fridge? What are your go-to items? Inspire me.