Our Healthy Eating/Drinking Essentials

Anyone who’s been to our house knows the fridge and pantry are both nearly barren. 3/4 of our pantry is dedicated to art supplies and the other 1/4 is usually filled with kid’s snacks and extra jars of coconut oil and salsa. The only occupied areas of our fridge are usually the vegetable, fruit, and meat drawers. Matt and I have found the best way to stick to eating clean is to keep things this way. If it’s in the house, we’ll eat it in a moment of weakness- late-night snacking in front of the TV. We just don’t trust ourselves to keep chips and ice cream on hand. There are a few snacks, however, that are both healthy and satisfy my craving to snack.

*Homemade Almond Butter*

We go through apples like they’re going out of style. We each eat about two a day and the kids love them too. Dipping some apple slices in almond butter gives you a little protein and fills you up between meals. We make ours in our blender or vitamix. You basically just dump in a bunch of roasted almonds and blend for several minutes. I blogged about it a while back and gave some more details. We always have a tupperware full of it. It’s nice to have a healthy option to reach for anytime.

*Pistachios*

We buy the big bags at Sam’s and always have them on hand. They’re the perfect nighttime snack for enjoying with a good show. Having to open each nut also slows down your rate of shoving food in your mouth a little. πŸ™‚ Don’t go overboard but a handful satisfies that craving for something salty (especially yummy with some carbonated lime water)!

*Carbonated Lime Water*

We have recently become obsessed with drinking this ever since Matt got a soda stream for his birthday. It’s a great alternative to pop that still gives you that carbonation you may be craving. We squeeze some fresh lime juice in to add flavor and it’s just so refreshing.

*Organic Butter*

Organic butter is actually full of good fats for your body so you don’t have to feel bad about it. This is one of those few times when the organic version really tastes different than regular. When we switched, we definitely noticed a difference in the way it made us feel. It doesn’t give you that sick sluggish feelingΒ after you’ve just eaten a bowl of popcorn covered in it. Totally recommend! Our favorite is kerry gold real butter.

*Homemade Popcorn*

(not really healthy but if you’re going to cheat this is a lesser evil)

For some reason watching Survivor just requires a big bowl of popcorn so we usually do this once a week. You can use a whirly pop or just a big stock pot. We heat up a couple scoops of coconut oil and pour in some popcorn kernels. If it’s a pot, make sure you shake it around a little as it’s popping. Meanwhile, throw some organic butter on the stove. I like A LOT of butter. πŸ™‚ We pour the hot melted butter over top our bowls, add some sea salt and mix up with a couple forks. DELISH!

*Coconut Oil*

We cook everything in this. You usually can’t taste the coconut flavor in the food you’re cooking. We’re so used to it now that popcorn cooked in vegetable oil tastes nasty to us.

*Avacodos*

My newest obsession! I keep them on hand at all times. You can use them to top a good egg scramble, taco salad, or bunless burger. It has fats that are so good for your body and actually aid in weight loss. They always feel like a treat because they’re so fresh and colorful.

*Baked Veggies*

Our dinner usually consists of a protein and a big helping of veggies. The last couple dinners we’ve had people have been asking how we cook them because they’re DELICIOUS! It’s so easy and they really hit the spot. Our favorites are: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, and onions. It’s usually some combination of those. We just line a baking sheet with tin foil. Heat some coconut oil until melted (20 seconds?) and drizzle over your veggies. Add sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic powder. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Switch your oven to broil and bake another 10 minutes until they look a little browned and crispy. Matt likes to sprinkle parmesan cheese on sometimes for something extra.

Now, I’m off to eat another apple. πŸ™‚

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