Being a registered dietitian, I am often asked what I kind of food I keep on hand in my house. Well, here are my top ten must-haves!
- That whole cholesterol scare with eggs is so 10 years ago! The cholesterol in eggs is dietary cholesterol that does not automatically enter your bloodstream and increase your blood serum cholesterol (LDL). Eggs not only provide many important nutrients (just think: eggs are meant to eventually be a life form); they are also very cost-efficient.
9. Whole grain pasta
- Look for whole grains as the first listed ingredient with this one! Whip up a quick vegetable pasta: sauté your vegetables of choice, add to cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese. Quick and delicious!
8. Dark Chocolate
- Who doesn’t want to have a little treat every now and then? Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and, as everyone know, puts you in a good mood! Watch your portion sizes and make sure the chocolate is at least 70% cocoa.
7. Seasonal Produce
- I’m talking about zucchini and sweet corn in the summer; acorn squash in the fall; citrus in the winter. Going seasonal with your produce not only saves money, it gives you the highest quality fruits and vegetables.
6. Frozen, Individually Sealed Tilapia
- This is convenient not only for families but for those who are cooking for only one or two people. Tilapia is easy to cook and does not have that fishy taste to it. Sauté it in olive oil or cook it under your broiler.
5. Flax Seed
- Flax seed is good for your heart and digestive system. I prefer the kind that is already milled; just make sure to place it in a sealed container in your refrigerator or freezer. Add to oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, smoothies and baked goods.
4. Greek Yogurt
- Chobani is my favorite brand. If you have read any of my other blogs (which I’m sure you all have), enough said – I am a Greek yogurt enthusiast!
- The original fast food! Throw an apple in your purse, lunch bag or desk for a quick fiber-filled snack. My favorite kind of apple is Gala, but I have a colorful assortment in my fridge.
2. Olive and Canola Oils
- These heart-healthy fats are important to include into your daily diet. Use olive oil to make salad dressings and to sauté foods over medium heat; use canola oil for high-heat cooking and for baking.
- My favorite thing in my kitchen is our ice maker. However odd this sounds, I love ice water, and having ice around makes we drink a lot more of it! If you don’t have an ice maker in your fridge, opt for ice trays that you always keep full. I’ll bet that you will drink a lot more water when you have ice handy.
I encourage readers to post their favorite must-have healthy food items!