Staples and Being Heavy

First off – looks like a lot of you are in the same boat as me.

Could breakfast be anything other than waffles on a Thursday?

The predictable boat. And like me, a lot of you have had your wild days with no regrets, and don’t mind the slower pace now. That is good to hear πŸ™‚ By no means do I think staying up past 10 pm (ahem) is a sin, nor do I think drinking is – it’s just when comparing the two, I think I prefer being sober.

The "usual" recipe. Topped with 1/2 a banana and a peach nuked with some honey...

Of course, I love going to parties and being of the handful of sober people. If you’ve never done it, it’s a great experience and I highly recommend giving it a try.

...and a peanut butter icing, honey roasted peanuts, and a final drizzle of honey.

Anyways, on to today. Was I predictable? Yes. I’d like to think it’s a fun kind of predictable though. And yes, this post is also very heavy. Not heavy with emotions as you may think after last night’s post – but heavy with pictures! And exciting news! And yummy food! And more experimenting with my chunks of energy! And last but not least…staples

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Truly diiiivine, for a diiiivine morning.

Where in the h-e-double hockey sticks am I going with this? Well – I got to thinking while I ran into the grocery store for some staples today, that I always mention I needed to “stock up on some staples.” And maybe you know what I’m talking about, or maybe you wonder why I staple so much paper and choose to replenish the staple stash at the grocery store.

Okay, so you’re probably smart enough to realize I’m talking pantry essentials and not metal keep-paper-together staples, but still. Staples are probably different for everyone! So what do I consider staples? Lets have a peek into my cupboards!

Disclaimer: I did not organize for this occasion, so please don’t hate me if they’re unorganized. My unorganized-organization methods work for me. Sometimes.

So, I present to you: Things That Are Helpful to Have on Hand for a Busy but Healthy Lifestyle.

Lets start in the “breakfast pantry”:

My mom is kind enough to dedicate me...3 whole cupboards. Makes life easier.

Always on hand:

  1. oats (that one’s a no-brainer) lately I’m on a quick oats kick, but it’s whatever floats your boat, really. I also usually have a couple other kinds of breakfast cereals on hand, too – cold cereal (lately it’s been Kashi Honey Puffs or puffed millet) as well as hot cereal. I’m not going to blab about oats because we all know how essential they are.
  2. dried fruits. I love dried fruit both for a sweet after-dinner “treat” when I’m not really hungry enough for a big dessert, to add to baked goods, add to oatmeal – and just munch on when I want a little snack! I try to buy organic from the co-op when I can, but lately I’ve only managed to buy from the grocery store. My big kick right now is dried apricots, dried figs, dried dates (in the fridge) and I like raisins because they add a great oomph to baked goods. Hidden is the trail power that has practically become an essential of mine! It’s a great mix of goji berries (one of the world’s most powerful anti-aging foods) mulberries (amon other things,Β mulberries have a surprisingly high iron content – great for remedying anemia) and goldenberries (very high in protein for a fruit! and not to mention help fight bodily ailments, including but not limited to anti-viral superpowers)
  3. wheat bran. I can see how some wouldn’t consider this a staple, but considering it’s one thing I’ve always got on hand, I’m listing it anyway. While I don’t eat it plain like some (honestly I think that sounds kinda yucky) I absolutely love beefing up oatmeal with it and using it while baking. And if you’re trying to get a lot of fiber in (because I obviously don’t eat enough veggies and other sources of fiber enough already) you can get 99% of your daily fiber recommendation in one cup. Good thing I don’t eat nearly that much daily. It’s also a decent source of protein and vitamin B6. Maybe not for how much I use, but just throwin’ that out there, you know!

Nutty for Nuts:

My favorite staple? Mayhaps.

  1. I think it’s obvious, but – nuts and seeds! This may be the neatest you’ll see it since I haven’t made it to the co-op to buy bulk lately. I usually just go for what’s on sale, but think cashews, almonds, and peanuts (my addiction is honey roasted) are my top picks. Not only do people who eat nuts regularly find themselves at a lower risk for heart disease, they’re also a great source of protein. And dang…they’re tasty. Just a handful for a snack, on top of oats or waffles, made into yummy raw treats – there’s no wrong way to eat a nut πŸ™‚
  2. Chia seeds. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny their nutritional benefits. I think most notable is their help of stabilizing blood glucose. But lets not forget they’re also known for sustained energy and supporting your cardiovascular health. They’re fun to eat in “chia pudding” form, in oats, in baked goods, any way you twist it!
  3. natural sweeteners. here you see honey, but i also try to give myself options. I (obviously) enjoy maple syrup quite often, and agave when it’s on sale. I also have stevia, but I’m not gonna lie – I rarely use it! I much prefer honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Honey offers great antiseptic, antioxidant, and cleansing powers. Bees are busy!

Snackity Snack:

Gone are the days of twenty different pbs.

  1. Munchies. I like homemade crackers lately – also seen are Kashi crackers that have been hanging out unopened a couple months and I’ve yet to try, Annie’s bunny grahams, and by golly – I think I spy more nuts! Forgot about those True North clusters! Learn something new everyday. In another basket is Snyder’s pretzels, a favorite of mine. That I’ve been forgetting about…
  2. Nut Butters. d’oh. Gone are the days where I would have 5+ to choose from. Lately, I’m all about the sunflower butter (in fridge) and this chunky peanut butter. While I love coconut butter – cacao bliss takes the backseat. Note to self: order coconut butter. Nut butters are like oats – we all know how delicious and nutritious they are, so I will not yack your ears off. Or eyeballs. It’s whatever.
  3. On-the-go options. (pictured below) I haven’t been buying many bars lately just because I can save money and make my own, but I think it’s great to have some to grab when you’re in a pinch. My [obvious] favorites are Larabars and BoomiBars.

Baking Needs:

Self Explanitory.

Sort of a random mish-mash of flour and grains.

More grains.

Beans, cornmeal, and now's when you'll start seeing a combo of me food and mom food.

  1. Flours, mainly whole wheat and white whole wheat. I also have coconut, buckwheat, white bean, and spelt. I love playing with different flours.
  2. Grains. (and faux-grains, like quinoa) I like options, as you know. On hand, I have bulgur, quinoa, pearled barley, and whole grain pasta.
  3. Canned Goods. Like tomatoes, tomato paste, and beans, which should be in a class all their own. Ironically, I forgot chickpeas and other beans at the store and just have a couple cans of black beans. Yes, that photo was staged.
  4. Easy meals. Whether you’re in a rush or just tired – it’s great to have something that requires no brain power. Enter: Annies mac and cheese. I bought this a long time ago and keep forgetting about it. Shame on me. Looks like someone broke into it, though! hehe

Refrigeration

Freezer. Yes, Gelato is a staple if it's me you're asking.

Condiments. (Mostly.)

"my side" of the fridge.

Continued.

  1. Greek yogurt. Usually I go for plain – but go figure they were out when I went to price chopper today. I prefer plain since I can cook with it, too.
  2. Almond Milk. ‘nough said.
  3. Hummus. Another “need I say more?”
  4. Milled Flaxseed. With their omega-3s, they offer tons of heart-healthy effects. I like to use them as egg replacements because I’m fun like that. Nothing against eggs.

Aand, just because:

I'm not sure if fruit classifies as a staple, but I am no one without my banana.

Definitely not a staple. Just necessary.

I was sort of excited thinking this would be a fun post to do, but now I’m not sure if it was just plain boring. Oh, well. I sort of petered out towards the end there, but you all know I think jams are also quite essential to my wellbeing. And doing this this morning:

almost ruined me. Although it was sort of a relief, too. Does anyone else sort of put off finishing things when you know you won’t be able to find/have it again anytime soon? I’d keep just using less and less because I have never seen this stuff anywhere else. I found it at the discount foods store. But, it was just meant to be.

Know why?

Because I found this at a farmer’s market I stopped at on my way home from the barn! Same maker as my pear almond jelly, so I am sure it will be just as fab. I also picked up an eggplant, maple pepper, sugar snap peas, broccoli, lettuce, and corn.

This is no longer uncommon.

  • spinach
  • vanilla chobani
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 peach
  • 1 banana
  • drizzle of honey
  • flax

topped with

  • quick oats
  • marcona almonds
  • chunky peanut butter
  • chopped dates
  • drizzle of honey

and I just discovered that for whatever reason, I can’t get my dinner pictures off of my memory card, which is really bizarre and I’ve never seen that happen before. When I go to playback on my camera I can see them so I know they’re there, though. I’ll have to ask work about that, hah!

But, I’m sort of bummed because it was probably my best dinner this week and yet verrry simple. A portabella cap marinated in balsamic vinegar and maple pepper baked and topped with some of my cheater baked beans with an ear of corn on the side with a dab of butter and salt, and broccoli and carrots baked in Ragu. And some crackers for some nommage. Been too long since I’ve had a portabella cap. Forgot how mmm-liscious they are!

So, since there’s no picture of that, I’ll show you some of the ponies’ dinner:

Lettuce

(pssst, Sarena – am I correct in thinking that’s your favorite part of the lettuce?!)

Broccccoliiii

More husks.

aaaand, I take back everything I said about not getting the dinner pictures.

HERE's the not-pretty deliciousness!

To be honest, I could have erased all I said about them disappearing, but I’ll invite you to laugh at myself with me: I just completely forgot that I fed the ponies while I was waiting for the veggies to bake. That put those pictures before dinner, and I had it in my mind that I did that after dinner. So, I just didn’t even bother to look at the photos after the horse ones…aha. I don’t know how I get through life…

But on a positive note – I rode the ponies today!!!

But I’ll elaborate tomorrow. And I know I promised chunkier chunks of energy, but I’m just going to go watch this news segment on calcium supplements possibly being bad for your heart,Β take a shower, and give them their own (deserved!) blog post. Because I doubt I could captivate your attention for another millisecond even.

What do you consider some of your staples?

Did you see the run on calcium supplements? Do you take supplements to meet your nutritional requirements, or get it through food?


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15 responses to “Staples and Being Heavy

  1. I loved seeing all of your staples – I have very similar ones, except for a lot less variety in flours!

  2. Honey roasted peanuts = the bomb. I love that you put them on your waffles! And I feel like you just took me on a tour of my own fridge/pantry! Staples: Chobani, NUT BUTTER, spinach (for GMs), and fruuuuuit. Oh and I am loving the Annie’s stuff lately too! Bunny grahams dipped in pb? Yessss

  3. My staples are similar to yours, but not quite as elaborate. Oats, tahini and date molasses are a must.. I go nuts without them. Coffee. Dates. Cashews. Greek yogurt. Broccoli. Some type of fresh fruit (usually blueberries and strawberries)…. and a few more.

    I take calcium supplements (although I haven’t been for the past month because the bottle ran out and I keep forgetting to buy more.. haha) because of my past health issues with my eating disorder. They worked too – because I have very healthy bones now according to the people at the hospital who xrayed me after my fall off of Rayne. Whoot!

    Tomorrow I WILL make myself a GM for lunch. Heh.
    ❀ Tat

  4. Is it weird that I’m always curious to see what other people have in their cupboards/fridge? I don’t think it’s bad to the point where I’d go snooping while I was over at someone’s house πŸ˜‰ but I love hearing/seeing about it.

    Your staples are pretty much my staples. Oats, nuts, nut butters, dried fruit, chocolate, cereals, different grains, Greek yogurt, almond milk, hummus, lots of flours, noodles, beans, fruit, veggies, jams… oi, too many things. Let’s just say I could probably move in to your house and be fine with everything in your cupboards πŸ™‚

    I haven’t seen the thing on calcium supplements, but that kind of makes me worry since I take one every day =\

  5. Trust me, I know I eat like a horse! I think you are the one person that could feed me dinner and I would not have to pick through it! I love the pantry list! Definitely oats are way up there. I think your staples are much like mine. I take a multi and sometimes calcium since I can’t do any dairy. That is all I take in pill for though.

  6. I love seeing what others have in their fridge and cupboards and comparing it to mine. We have very similar tastes.

  7. Great staples, mine are fairly similar :-).

  8. Loved this post and seeing what other people cupboards have!!!! I think i will do a similar post!!! I have alot of the same staples – fruits, veggies, oats, kashi cereal, beans, hummus, pita bread, dried fruits, greek yogurt, frozen bananas and my nightime treat of Red Mango frozen yogurt.
    I don’t routinely take any supplements – i prefer to get my calcium from food products. Loved the post and happy you got to reide the ponies. Have a great night!!
    xoxo aimee

  9. teenagehealthfreak

    This post was fun to read!! i liked it!!!!! well all ur posts are fun..I just love your pictures and stories. some of my staples:apples (one a day), almonds, flax, sardines, coconut, farm fresh eggs, nitrate-free turkey, unsweetened coconut, oats, quinoa, millet, tortillas, avocado, pnt butter, flax, chia seeds {a new one..thanks to your icing..which is yum by the way. :)}…yup…lots of food. πŸ™‚

  10. I have a lot of the same staples as you, in fact, I think I have every staple you showed us, lol. Bread, pasta, and canned tomatoes are my biggest staples. I have an entire 2 door cabinet devoted to just pasta + sauce. πŸ™‚

    Jenn

  11. You’ve got some great staples there – I LOVE seeing in people’s cupboards πŸ™‚ Though I’m way jealous of how neat and spacious everything is..AND that you have your own cupboards! I wish I could have that πŸ˜₯
    Haha, I piut off even opening stuff if I know it might be a while before I get more :p I like to have reserves! Good post πŸ˜€

  12. It was so much fun to get a look into your pantry! Yours puts mine to shame though. Yours is like a health foodie’s dream! Seriously your pantry is more stocked up than my local grocery store! Also yours is so neat! I organized mine at the beginning of the summer, but it didn’t make much of a difference because I just have too much food and too little space. πŸ˜›

    Lately I’ve been loving dried fruit for snacking on too. Dried apricots, apple rings, and mangoes are my absolute favourites!

    My staples are Kashi Honey Almond Crunch, quick oats, bananas, almond butter, soy nut butter, organic yogurt, almond milk, almonds, chia seeds, tofu, beans, brown rice, multigrain bread, and lots of fruits and veggies.

  13. The post wasnt boring at all πŸ™‚ Loved seeing your staples! And cute pony pictures, as per usual πŸ™‚

  14. Dee

    Awesome! I love seeing what’s inside your kitchen! πŸ™‚

    ps. I was just about to ask you about your Ginger Preserves! πŸ˜‰

  15. Ohhh I LOVE looking at what’s in your kitchen!! Haha it is such a classic looking american kitchen it’s adorable!! πŸ˜› I have to agree with everyone, it is very neat and organised, you even have cute little pegs on the bags!! SUCH a good idea! I wish ours looked more like that. Only my ‘section’ is a little tidy! Staples for me are cereals/canned beans/dried beans and pulses/grains/fruit/dried fruit/greek yogurt/veggies/spices.

    Ohh I wasn’t happy to hear the calcium supplement news..I have relied on them heavily for years taking 3 a day because I have osteopenia from my ED 😦 I ran out a couple of days ago and I was planning to go back to the doctor to get more but now I’ve changed my mind so I’m having to make it up through my diet which means more milk for meee..yippee…

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