It’s very hard to resist temptation and stick to your nutrition goals when your pantry is filled with highly palatable foods.
I once heard a fellow Nutritionist say this; “Say no once at the supermarket to save yourself having to say no 100 times at home”
Essentially, if you can muster up the strength to walk past all the tempting discretionary foods at the supermarket and not put them in your basket, then you’ve won your week. You won’t have to try and stop yourself every time you open the fridge or pantry. Instead, you will have a house full of delicious and nutritious healthy foods to snack on.
Of course, it’s completely okay to occasionally enjoy discretionary foods, but this ‘occasional’ part is easier said than done. Sometimes you just need it out of sight and out of mind. It won’t be that way forever, but for a little while, it can really help you to achieve your nutrition goals. Then, once you’ve mastered the art of filling your body with nutritious foods and it has become habitual to eat that way, you can comfortably add those discretionary foods back into your diet on an occasional basis.
It’s definitely easier said than done, and some people may require a different approach, but just know that you CAN do it.
Below are my top 5 supermarket items to stock up on instead:
- Baby Spinach: When it comes to dark green leafy vegetables, like baby spinach, the health benefits are numerous and widespread! It is also another versatile food. Use it as a base for salads, sauté it for breakfast alongside eggs or in an omelette, stir it through pasta sauces and stir-fries, or add it to a breakfast smoothie. I personally add baby spinach to everything and bulk up every savoury recipe with it. It increases the fibre and nutrient content of your dish without changing the flavour.
- Herbs and spices: You can fancy up any dish with herbs and spices, sweet or savoury! Healthy meals do not have to be boring and herbs and spices will make them anything but that.
- Fruit: Nature’s dessert. Need something sweet? Fruit. After a quick and easy snack? Fruit. Need a transportable snack? Fruit. It is literally the best and if you shop in season it’s super cheap too.
- Chickpeas and tinned legumes: Not only are they one of the cheapest sources of protein with an incredibly long shelf life, but they are also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. I like to add legumes, especially chickpeas, to salads (roasted in paprika, yum), pasta sauces and even baking! Have you tried chickpea brownies before? So incredibly delicious and good for your gut bugs too.
- Eggs: Again, they’re versatile. A common theme here is being able to use ingredients in more than 1 way. It will reduce your shopping bill and mean you don’t get bored.
We always have a handful of boiled eggs in our fridge, which can stay fresh for up to 5 days. Add them to salads, wraps and sandwiches, slice them on toast or crackers, or simply enjoy them as they are for a protein-packed snack. We also love making baked eggs for a special weekend breakfast, and omelettes for a casual Sunday night dinner.
Written by our in-house Nutritionist.
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