If I don’t have much time, if I haven’t checked the cupboard and if I haven’t planned my meals for the week but know I need food – this is what I get. My 20 item quick fix shopping list. From this list I can manage to make a few dinners, lunches, breakfasts, snacks and desserts.
Frozen berries – I always have frozen berries in the freezer. I eat them with coconut yoghurt, chia seeds, cinnamon and nuts for breakfast.
Chia seeds – If I ever want a quick dessert I mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with ½ cup nut milk. After about 5 minutes the chia seeds soak up the liquid and form a pudding like consistency. Then I mix through raw cacao powder, berries and some honey to make a choc berry pudding.
Nuts – my favourites are almonds and walnuts. Nuts are a perfect snack as they contain protein and healthy fats to satisfy hunger, curb cravings and keep you satisfied. I also use nuts to make nut milk (see recipe here) and nut butter (see recipe here).
Quinoa – the base of my quickest meal ever. Simply cook some quinoa in a rice cooker, then add salad or cooked vegetables and stir through olive oil and tamari (wheat free soy sauce).
Raw honey – I use raw honey instead of refined sugar in my desserts and snacks.
Dates – if I want an instant sweet snack I fill a fresh date with almond butter. Yum!
Cinnamon – I have cinnamon everyday in my breakfast and in desserts and snacks. It helps to balance blood sugar and minimise cravings.
Raw cacao powder – I cannot live without chocolate.
Ginger – I use ginger in most of my dinners and in all of my green juices.
Garlic – my favourite superfood. I use garlic everyday in all my dinners.
Eggs – the perfect meal in terms of good fats and protein. Eggs are a quick and easy meal.
Avocado – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I eat an avocado every single day. They are my favourite source of good fats which are essential for hormone regulation.
Coconut oil – I use coconut oil in cooking as it doesn’t go rancid as quickly as other oils.
Olive oil – excellent healthy fat great for drizzling over salads and making hummus and pesto.
Herbal tea – perfect way to increase your water intake if you’re not a fan of water and great for digestion. Peppermint is my favourite.
Coconut yoghurt – I eat coconut yoghurt for breakfast every day and use it instead of icecream for desserts.
Vegetables – any type of vegetable is great. Pack your fridge with them. My favourites are kale, carrots, mushrooms, brocoli, beans, peas, zucchini, capsicum, potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin and cabbage.
Lemon – drink lemon juice and water upon rising to stimulate gastric juices needed for digestion. Grate lemon rind on your salad and squeeze lemon juice in your green juice.
Chick peas – use them to make burger patties (see recipe here) or hummus or put them in curries, soups or stir frys.
Herbs and spices – I don’t mind which ones you use, just use them. My favourites are coriander, parsely, mint, basil, sage, cumin, fennel, paprika, tumeric, cinnamon and nutmeg.
What’s on your quick fix shopping list?