When you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle or even stay on a weight loss plan to rid a few kilos or your pregnancy weight you need to create a positive environment for you to succeed.
Creating a healthy pantry is the best way to enable a healthy eating culture.
I have recently just moved house so I have been forced to re think my pantry which is great as I love to start fresh every now and then.
Here are 10 things I will stock in my pantry to keep it healthy and keep my eating on track.
- Brown rice: I choose brown rice over white rice as the wholegrain carries a greater fibre load which is beneficial for my digestive system.
- Canned fish: I tend to choose the brine or freshwater over the oil, but the oil can assist in the digestion and absorption of the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish. Canned fish is an easy way to be able to eat fish regularly. Add it to a green salad,a frittata or easy pasta sauce.
- Chickpeas: I often make hommus and if I have a bit of time I make it from scratch with fresh chickpeas. If I am in a rush then I use the canned chickpeas.
- LSA: Linseed, sunflower and almonds crushed up. I use it a lot on yoghurt and also as a breaky option on toast with either banana or low fat ricotta. Also a great addition to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie.
- Honey. I love honey and buy it from the fresh farmer’s market as the taste of delicious honey straight from the farm is truly amazing. I often have honey on some natural yoghurt with berries as a snack.
- Pepitas: These are pumpkin seeds roasted. I ADORE them on yoghurt or in a breakfast medley or muffin. Nom nom. Pumpkin seeds are great for fibre. In fact pumpkin seed meal in a natural source of fibre in the Healthy Mummy Mix.
- Green tea and ginger tea. I do love a tea (and am secretly hoping for some beautiful tea cups and saucers for Christmas!!) I love these two flavours the best as a digestive or an afternoon pick me up without the caffeine. I have also used cold green tea in a Healthy Mummy Smoothie before.
- Wholegrain and seed bread. It is important to take the opportunity to increase your wholegrain intake. Rice is one way, bread is another. Make sure you choose a bread which is high in wholegrains rather than white refined bread. This will assist you in feeling full for longer and keeping your regular.
- Baking powder. I have only recently discovered baking powder as I way of getting self-raising brown flour to actually rise! That is my hot tip. If you want to substitute white self-raising flour for brown, do so and add one teaspoon of baking powder to help the cake or baked good rise.
- Olive oil. I love a salad and my husband has started requesting the salads to be pre-dressed. So I have discovered some different combinations of dressing which always have olive oil as a base.
If you are ready to lose weight then The Healthy Mummy plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine that are safe if you are breastfeeding.