The Top 8 Grocery Items on My List

For most, meal planning and grocery shopping are the biggest obstacles to eating healthy. The amount of energy it takes to think and plan ahead makes grabbing take-out seem so much more attractive.

But you don’t need to settle for something that’s not great for your body or your bank account in the name of convenience. It’s all about streamlining the process and having certain go-to foods that are both healthy and satisfying.

For me, this list is made up of eight essential items:

Eggs:
Packed with a variety of different nutrients including vitamin B2 to assist in breaking down energy from food and vitamin A to help with your eyesight, eggs are also said to help limit your calorie intake for the rest of the day.

Steel Cut Oatmeal:
A solid source of dietary fiber, steel cut oats have also been shown to lower your risk of heart disease and keep blood pressure in check. If weight loss is what you’re after, they will help keep you fuller for longer.

Chicken:
As a protein source, chicken tends to be lower in saturated fat than red meat and is one of the best foods to assist in weight loss as well as muscle building. If your energy is dipping, the vitamin B6 in chicken can give you a quick boost.

Salmon:
The protein found in salmon is easier for the body to digest and absorb than many other types of meat. It also helps reduce cholesterol, increase metabolism and aid in the growth of healthy hair and nails.

Spinach:
Considered to be a very nutrient-rich food, spinach is a great source of antioxidants, iron, vitamins and minerals. It’s also extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

Bell Peppers:
Whether you opt for red, green, orange or yellow, bell peppers are low in calories but high in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber. If you want to get the most nutrition, however, opt for the red variety.

Avocado:
Avocados are packed with fat – but not the kind of fat you should stay away from. Monounsaturated fat will help you stay full, increase your body’s ability absorb vitamins and minerals and increase your skin health as well.

Organic Raw Peanut Butter or Almond Butter:
Another great source of protein, peanut butter or almond butter can keep you satisfied between meals, while also adding antioxidants and potassium to your diet. The organic, raw variety will take out the sugars and other not-so-great ingredients found in most brands.

Next time you find yourself considering skipping a trip to the grocery store and going for take-out instead, pull out this list. Not only will you be in and out in no time, but your fridge will no longer be an obstacle between you and your health and fitness goals.

It really is that easy.

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