1. Hummus- YUM and the kids will eat it too!
2. Egg Whites! I could not live without these and eat them several times a week with spinach and ground turkey. I prefer no cheese on my eggs.
3. Salsa- Tastes great on egg whites and on top salads. My kids love it too.
4. Ground Turkey -in pasta sauce works great for me and the kids.
5. Salad Greens--love it in the bag --just dump in a bowl and grab a salad salad chopper and chop well with other veggies mixed in. YUM!
6. Shakeology Mix
! 1 scoop ChocolateShakeology
, 1 tsp PB2
is a powdered form of peanut butter that the fat is removed. I can grab this and go without having to worry about not having a meal. I shake it in a shaker cup and run out the door. But, it works great in a blender too!
7. Cooked brown rice- I love the stuff from Trader Joe's--easy to heat up and tastes great!
8. Baked Chicken- I cook this or I buy the chicken that is cooked at the grocery store in their ovens. My kids will gobble it up and I make chicken soup with the leftovers!
9. Whole Wheat Tortillas- You can put anything in them....steamed veggies, eggs whites , spinach and salsa, ground turkey.....I have been known to use it for peanut and butter sandwiches too for the kids!
10. Spinach- another must have in my fridge! I LOVE spinach!
11. Frozen Steamed Veggies!! You can never have too many!! Easy to add to all kinds of dishes!
12. Frozen Fruit- I have strawberries and blue berries and add them to plain yogurt, cereal and my Shakeology.
13. Fresh Fruit- Always have a bowl on the counter. I buy a variety and leave it out for the kids to grab as a snack!
14. Popcorn-- My kids love making freshly popped corn. We no longer do microwave. We typically use olive oil and the kids have gotten good at taking turns cooking it. But, Will is the master at it out of all of us!
15. Dark Chocolate: I nibble a small piece after dinner. Studies show people who are leaner eat a little chocolate. This is GREAT news!
To be Continued....
At the end of the week--my fridge is almost empty, the kids are well fed but ready to see what mom brings home from the store on Sunday! They love seeing what is new and also look for some favorites!
Clean Eating/Michi's Ladder
- Food consumed in its most natural state, or close to it.
- Which means nothing processed.
- Fruits and veggies.
- Nuts, legumes, natural nut butters, nut oils. (no additives)
- Whole grains.
- Lean proteins. (chicken, ground turkey, fish, lean beef).
- General rule of thumb for clean eating: If your great, great grandparents didn't eat it, you shouldn't either!
Whole wheat orzo & couscous
Onions (green, red, yellow)
Sundried tomatoes (dried)
Natural-style Peanut butter (unsalted)
Boneless, skinless chicken breast
White meat chicken (water packed)
Eggs and/or Egg white Substitute
Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese
Reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce (no corn syrup)
Stewed tomatoes (low sodium)
Mustard (yellow or Dijon)
Low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
Low-sodium, fat-free vegetable broth
Reduced-sodium tomato sauce & tomatoes