Working off of the 5 Proteins I always have, I decided to carry that trend on to 5 healthy foods I always have on hand.
When losing weight, moderation isn’t always possible. For me, I have to eliminate sweets. Whenever I’m trying to drop weight, I must cut out those delectable treats. That’s me though. For a short time it is an all or nothing component. That doesn’t mean I advocate that for everyone, instead, we must find what works best for us on an individual level.
When I’m NOT trying to lose weight, I do believe that moderation is key and it is a concept I still struggle to conquer. Because of that, I’m trying to teach my kids moderation at an early age so that this concept isn’t something they are constantly battling as they get older.
Bananas and whatever fruit is in season. I try to keep several options for everyone to choose from. Thankfully there is not a fruit out there my kids don’t like, so I have a TON of freedom in choosing what fruit we have on hand at any one time. We always have at least three things to choose from and my biggest struggle is keeping fruit stocked in our house.
Yogurt is a big hit at home. My kids take it for lunch, and I buy some ‘sweet’ flavors that they’re allowed to have for dessert. My husband loves yogurt too. I, unfortunately have taken this out of my diet due to my dairy issues. But, we always have yogurt as a go to snack or meal inclusion.
I guess this one could’ve been thrown on my protein list. It would’ve messed up my lists of five though, so it’s here instead!
There are so many options out there and I try to buy what’s on sale, but I do use valuable food budget to keep fresh deli lunch meat in our house.
I’m not concerned about nitrates. Of all things to worry about, this isn’t on my watch list. I know some people are very concerned about nitrites and nitrates so you need to what works for you, your family, and your belief system. I also understand that sodium is a concern for people, so lunch meat might not be your best choice if that’s the case.
At home, I almost always have a few options on hand because I can’t stand ham, but for everyone else, it is an absolute favorite. Roast beef, chicken, turkey, I’m good with any of those.
Deli meat is a portable, versatile healthy protein. I can chop it and add it to salads. Making a finger foods lunch with a few slices of meat, an ounce of cheese, a pickle and a tomato, this is a great lunch! I can make the kids their own Lunchables and they get a kick out assembling their food their way.
This is all for me. I buy the big Costco jar and yep, I go through it. This was my saving grace when losing weight and remains a staple of my diet. 1 tsp with a banana is my pre workout meal. If it is a day I don’t workout, I often have this for dessert or if I’m hungry. It helps hold me over. If we are out of bananas, I’ll use it with apples or heck, eat it right off the spoon. A little bit goes a long way! But this helped so much with my sweet tooth when I had to eliminate sweets during weight loss.
Okay, these aren’t the best thing for you, They have a ton of sugar and they aren’t whole foods. I get it. But, these were a daily part of my diet during my weight loss. One, they were portable, which sometimes is a necessity. Other times, I was so sick and tired of trying to choose healthy, these were an easy meal. They’re sweet and full of protein. Some days, for me to stay on track, these would be a meal.
Now I don’t allow myself to rely on them so much, but getting rid of this crutch has been incredibly difficult!! Not going to lie, relying on protein bars isn’t the best habit because at some point you really should not be using them every single day. I continue to work on breaking my reliance to these bad boys.
With that being said, I do keep a box on hand at all times because no matter how well I plan, life has a way of changing things up and there are times I grab one out of necessity because I genuinely do not have time to eat. Or, if I’m getting my hair done and I know it’s going to take hours, I will grab one just in case. Sometimes I end up starving and eat it, and sometimes I don’t. There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere, cranky hungry, and have nothing to eat. Protein bars fill that gap.