Food Must-Haves

Almond Milk-I use this in my smoothies and as a general milk substitute…I especially like the unsweetened vanilla flavor, it’s thicker than skim milk and you also don’t need to add sweetener

Almond Butter-Makes a great snack on whole wheat bread or grain crackers, topped with banana, apple or strawberry and honey

Chia Seeds-I put there in my morning smoothies for extra protein or as an addition in certain baking recipes

Club Soda-refreshing with a lime and great in homemade sodas

Cocoa Nibs- I like to use these mostly as a crunchy topping on chocolate pudding, my smoothies, frozen yogurt etc

Coconut Water-This usually goes in my smoothies, homemade sodas, and sometimes my juices.  I’m not a huge fan of coconut water on its own but I know it has its benefits so I squeeze it in where I find convenient.

Honey/Agave– I like to use this as a sweetener in some baking recipes but mostly in the morning on top of my toast with almond butter and usually strawberries

Puffed Kamut– This is a great example of cutting calories where you can.  I have a strange phobia of textures like pudding, yogurt etc…so whenever I have things like this I like to add something for a crunch.  My first inclination would usually be nuts, granola or some kind of cereal but this is a good low-cal substitution.

Fruits and Veggies-specifically apples, oranges, bananas (on toast in the morning or, if frozen, to make vegan ice-cream), berries (frozen during the winter), kale, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers…just a few of my favorite.

For juicing…my juices pretty much always consists of kale, carrots, celery, lemon, sometimes grapefruit and/or orange and are sweetened with either an apple or grapes

For smoothies…frozen fruit (especially berries and sometimes oranges, pineapple, peaches and/or mango), spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, hemp protein, coconut water bananas and fresh berries to top it off

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