Ok so now that we've established the basics, here are some of the essentials to stock your pantry with to make clean eating way easier. I find that if I've got this stuff on-hand, it's so much easier to whip up some quick recipes and not be tempted to order pizza or crappy Thai food.
2. Quinoa -- You can whip up a batch of quinoa in about 30 minutes that'll last you a week or so and can be used in all kinds of different dishes, including my staple meal: black bean + veggie bowls.
3. Brown Rice Pasta -- I keep this on hand but since it's a bit processed, I try to use it pretty sparingly. When I need a quick easy meal, adding some pesto, tomatoes and a bit of organic mozzarella to brown rice pasta couldn't be easier.
4. Gluten Free Oatmeal -- This is my go-to breaky. I usually use this combo but I'll substitute bananas for strawberries or raisins. Sometimes you've got to mix it up! I also pair this with a homemade smoothie or juice.
5. Sweet Potatoes -- These are easy to buy in bulk and if left in a dark pantry can last for a few weeks. I just found big bags of organic sweet potatoes at my Costco and those lasted us a month. SO good to have on hand! You can stuff them with black beans & salsa and twice bake them or dice them and roast them and add them to anything.
Of course you'll also want to hit the market every week to load up on fresh fruits and veggies -- lettuce, kale, tomatoes and avocados are always on my list. For fruit I usually buy whatever is fresh, organic and whenever possible -- local!
I don't eat meat but I do eat dairy so that's the other half of my shopping list. I use that pretty sparingly and only buy organic, non-hormone-treated dairy.
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