Just over a day to go – and the New Year will be here! So are you ready for January 1st?
Yesterday I talked you through my Fridge and Freezer Essentials, the foods I keep stocked in my own cold store. My goal was to give you some insight on how to stay on track when starting a new diet regimen, which means having smart choices at your fingertips. But obviously the fridge and freezer isn’t the only place I keep food – we’ve got to talk about what’s in the Angry Trainer kitchen cabinets! Like my fridge, I don’t keep a lot on hand, but I do believe in variety. So here we go…
You’ve heard me mention natural peanut butter, it’s great taste, and it’s heath benefits before. So it’s no surprise I’m always stocked up on this great food. I even have a brand that has flax seeds mixed in – delicious! I’ve got bags of various nuts and seeds that I use as toppings for certain salads. I’m also a huge fan of canned vegetables, beans, chicken, and tuna – especially the no–salt variety. They provide a very cost effective way to get quality nutrition and most importantly are portable. On the middle shelf you’ll find some plain rice cakes for snacks, crushed and pureed tomato sauce, a jar of ginger, and some low salt, low calorie soups. This cabinet is also where I also keep my Crystal Light packets, a huge assortment of teas, some boxed raisins, cranberries and peppered ginger snacks.
On the other side we have the “chip” cabinet. I mentioned in my Top Ten Healthy Snacks post that I love stone ground tortilla chips with peanut butter for a snack. So this cabinet is chip and crunch heaven! I’ve got blue, white, yellow, flax, even soy and omega chips to snack on, or to make healthy nachos. I’m a bit of a nacho freak and sometimes make them for dinner with chicken, low fat cheese and sour cream, tomato sauce and black pepper. You’ll also find some healthy crunchy stuff like Kashi brand cereals, Some Special K with fruit, and even Raman Noodles that I break up and use in salads for added crunch.
We’ve got healthy popcorn, various healthy oils that I use to make salad dressings, low sugar hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course!), oatmeal, Smart Pasta that I mix with tuna, and Jell-O – tastes great with Cool Whip! I also sometimes keep cookies and treats – the low fat, low calorie cookies versions of course – but not often. Sometimes you just have to have the real thing, and if you remember my post on The Twinkie Diet, you’ll know weight gain is about how much you eat, not only what you eat.
And that’s about it! Are you surprised? Most people that I know, regardless of diet are creatures of habit and routinely eat the same foods – both good and bad. While my selections may seem limited, the possibilities are endless and truthfully it’s rare that I eat the same meal twice. Most foods can be flavored with fruit, like cooking pork or chicken with orange slices, or apple pieces. I’ll eat almost all vegetables – except for broccoli rabe, it’s just too bitter for me. My diet is mostly unprocessed, natural, and complete as it consists of all food groups, and actually contains a broad spectrum of nutrients.
Next year I’m planning on writing some Angry Recipes, to show you how healthy, nutritious food can taste great! So watch out for those in 2011. In the meantime start stocking up on those healthy foods… the New Year is almost here!