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Chocolate, Broccolli, & Peanut Butter – Stocking A Healthy Kitchen

I bet you thought this post was going to be some kind of crazy recipe with chocolate, broccolli, and peanut butter… WRONG!!! This is about stocking a healthy kitchen. Everything you need in your fridge, pantry, and freezer! As many of you know, I am NOT a proponent of dieting or anything that involves not eating the foods I love. That being said… it’s important to have a healthy well rounded kitchen having all types of food in your kitchen. For me, this means having everything from broccoli, to chocolate to wine!

In The Fridge

  • Low-Fat Yogurt: go for plain, lite, or greek
  • Skim, 1 percent milk, or fortefied soy milk
  • Low-fat cheese: keep reduced fat cheeses on hand such as Laughing Cow minis, Baby-Bel, String Cheese, and part-skim shredded cheese
  • Fresh Veggies: Either buy your own to wash and chop or buy the prewashed precut veggies
  • Tortillas: whole wheat tortillas are the BEST!
  • Lunch Meats: go for turkey or low fat ham or roast beef
  • Hummus: this is the perfect dipping food 🙂
  • Fresh Fruit: Go for what’s in season! The fruit taste better and is more affordable!
  • Favorite food in my fridge…. ummmm…. A wheel of Camerbet Cheese & homemade grape jam from my mother-in-law 😉

In the Pantry

  • Whole grain pasta: Barilla Plus, Healthy Harvest, high fiber Ronzoni
  • Whole grain crackers: choose a cracker with at least 4 grams of fiber
  • Oatmeal: go for good old fashioned oats… no flavor or sweetener
  • Whole grain bread: choose bread that has at least 3 grams of fiber per slice
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole grain breakfast cereal: choose one that has at least 4 grams of fiber per serving
  • Nuts & seeds: go for almonds, walnuts, and basically anything that’s unsalted 🙂
  • Jarred pasta sauce: always keep this in stock… makes for a good quick dinner
  • Salmon & light tuna: packed in water… great for salads and sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter: my favorite!!! try other nut butters too like almond butter!
  • Dried or canned beans: kidney beans, chick peas, and low fat refried beans are great to have on hand!
  • Favorite food in my pantry…. GOLDFISH!!! I always have to have these stocked!!!!

In the Freezer

  • Veggie Burgers: an anything veggie such as veggie sausages, veggie chicken patties, etc…
  • Lean ground beef – 90 percent lean
  • Frozen veggies: these are the next best thing to fresh! Just double check to make sure there isn’t loads of sodium or fat from added seasonings and sauces.
  • Frozen fruit: go for the no sugar added! These are great when the fruit you love is out of season (like berries in the winter)
  • Boneless skinless chicken breast: clean the chicken when you get home from the grocery store and freeze in seperate freezer bags for easy access.
  • Ground turkey: make sure to buy lean or extra lean. Just cause it’s turkey doesn’t mean its low-fat… always check the label!
  • Favorite food in my freezer…. Edy’s cookies and cream ice cream…. YUM!!!!!

So there you have it! These are some of basics.

What is the favorite food in your kitchen? Out of everything in my kitchen… cheese is tops!

Have a great day 😉

4 Responses

  1. sophia said on October 22, 2009 at 2:14 am

    HIGH FIVE!!! ME TOO! Favorite thing is cheese, hands down! I love you already!!! <3

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 22, 2009 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Sophia 🙂

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said on October 23, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Awesome post! For some reason that cheese and grape jam -TOGETHER – sounds sooo good to me right now. I need to eat.

  3. coco said on October 24, 2009 at 8:02 am

    great tips! I want my kitchen THAT organized! 🙂