First off – looks like a lot of you are in the same boat as me.
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 🙂 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.
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.
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
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”:
Always on hand:
- 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.
- 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, 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)
- 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:
- 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 🙂
- 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!
- 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!
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- Flours, mainly whole wheat and white whole wheat. I also have coconut, buckwheat, white bean, and spelt. I love playing with different flours.
- Grains. (and faux-grains, like quinoa) I like options, as you know. On hand, I have bulgur, quinoa, pearled barley, and whole grain pasta.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Almond Milk. ‘nough said.
- Hummus. Another “need I say more?”
- 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 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.
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.
- vanilla chobani
- 1 large carrot
- 1 peach
- 1 banana
- drizzle of honey
- 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:
(pssst, Sarena – am I correct in thinking that’s your favorite part of the lettuce?!)
aaaand, I take back everything I said about not getting the dinner pictures.
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, 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?