Whether you want to add more color to your diet, eat more fruits and vegetables, lose weight, get more fiber, swap cravings for more calorically-dilute foods, you need to have more plant-based sources in your kitchen!
Here is my recommended grocery list for you. You can browse recipes on my blog.
- Bananas (You should aim for one per day in your smoothie or even more, if you eat them as a snack)
- Berries (Fresh or Frozen: rich in antioxidants and very low in calories. You can eat them in smoothies, on your oatmeal, in a chia seed pudding, on their own).
- Grapes (One cup equals only 70 calories. Grapes are hydrating and very sweet – very handy to satisfy your sweet tooth)
- Apples (Rich in fiber and vitamins B. Eat them alone or add them to your oatmeal. You can sprinkle cinnamon on top if you would like; cinnamon naturally balances your insulin)
- Lemons and Limes (Very detoxifying. I recommend you drinking a glass of water with a freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice first thing in the morning. It curbs cravings and speeds your digestion!)
- For smoothies I recommend spinach or kale. For salads I recommend lettuce or mixed greens (chopped arugula and kale)
- Zucchini, Celery and Cucumbers (You can add them to smoothies, to your salad or dip them in hummus)
- Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli (I recommend you steaming it for few minutes and add them to your dinner. The fiber in those vegetables will keep you full and nourished due to their protein content.
- Mushrooms (Not only rich in protein and even vitamin D but also very low in calorie, mushrooms are you best friend while dieting or trying to eat healthy. You can even eat them raw. I recommend you marinating them in coconut aminos for 5-10 minutes for extra flavor. I love spicing them with black pepper, garlic and balsamic vinegar.)
- Tomatoes (Sweet and rich in lycopene, a cancer-preventative phytonutrient, tomatoes are great to add in salads or eat on their own as a pick-me-up snack. Just remember to stay away from processed dressing – very HIGH in saturated oil, sugars and sodium! I recommend you using balsamic vinegar, Himalayan salt or coconut aminos and spices to flavor your salad)
- My number one choice are Chia, Flax and Hemp seeds: rich in omega 3 and 6 and high in fiber and protein
- For dressing I like using pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds (they all contain your daily source of magnesium, selenium and calcium and, taste-wise, give a great creamy texture to your meal)
- Oatmeal, Quinoa and Buckwheat (Great choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and very easy to prepare)
Those are my staple foods. Let me know in the comment if you are interested in the other ingredients I use daily to make my smoothies and salad dressings.
Stay healthy and don`t forget to share this guide with friends who need help how to get back on track with their diet!