In part one of A Personal Trainers Kitchen Makeover, we talked about cleaning up your kitchen and making sure you had all of the gadgets you needed to make clean eating simple. Today we are going to get into the foods I will be keeping in stock.
The picture above was taken after my last trip to the grocery store and included almost everything I use on a weekly basis. Before we dive right in, let me share a few things about myself.
- I do not like to spend anymore time than absolutely necessary preparing food.
- I get up at 4a and leave the house 30 minutes later during the week and don’t have any extra time to spend preparing or cooking my meals for the day.
- I do not mind eating the same things on a daily basis. I could probably eat chicken everyday for the next six months and not get bored.
- I like to keep things simple. I would rather eat something plain then take the extra time to cook something with it.
- I oftentimes eat in a hurry or only have 5 or 10 minutes free in between appointments.
- I love leftovers. I know some people that don’t like to reheat food. Fortunately, I am not one of them.
Now that you have a better understanding of how I eat, let me share some of the foods I keep in stock.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast. I typically bake it in the oven with pesto on top or cook it in the crock pot mixed. When I use the crock put I will usually mix in an onion, garlic, red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper and mushrooms.
- Eggs. Most commonly, I use these for omelets which I will add mushrooms, spinach, turkey ham, red peppers, onions or other vegetables in with it. I also use them in several of my recipes such as my blueberry pancakes.
- Almond milk. I use this every morning in my protein shake that typically also includes Greek yogurt, almond butter, chocolate whey protein and a banana.
- Chicken sausage. These are great on the grill or throw into an omelet to add a little something different. They have enough flavor that I eat them plain.
- Edamame. This is a great late night, high protein snack. If you want something to nibble on, this works great in place of chips and salsa while you are watching a movie. All you need to add is a little bit of sea salt.
- Low fat cottage cheese. I would recommend the low fat over the fat free. To me, the fat free is a little too watered down and I don’t like the taste. Like edamame, this is a great super easy snack that eat late at night.
- Greek yogurt. As I mentioned earlier, I use it in my morning protein shakes but it also goes good as a snack mixed with some fruit.
- Onions, garlic, mushrooms, red, green and yellow peppers. I use all of these to add flavor with almost everything except for my protein shakes.
- Asparagus, spinach, green beans and broccoli are my favorite choices when it comes to vegetables. Typically, I just have them on the side of my main dish and eat them with a little bit of seasoning on top.
- My fruit of choice would have to be apples, pineapple, bananas, mango, strawberries and blueberries. These aren’t because they are the lowest in sugar but because that is what I enjoy to eat. The key is to keep the serving sizes in control (hint- don’t eat three cups of blueberries at once).
- Salsa. I like to always keep salsa around to mix in with the eggs or chicken when I want a little more flavor. I will oftentimes mix a tbsp of salsa in with an avocado and eat it with my chicken.
- Avocados, almond butter, peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and flaxseed are all things that I eat on a pretty regular basis that are full of good fats. Beware- even though they are good fats, they still are high in calories. I wouldn’t recommend pounding 5 tablespoons of peanut butter before bed if you are trying to lose body fat.
So that is pretty much everything that is in my kitchen now that I have cleaned out all the junk (other than the beer that I am saving for a rainy day). As you can probably tell, I don’t worry about every minor detail. As long as I am seeing progress, I don’t worry about counting calories or recording everything in a food journal. I have pretty much figured out what works for me and as long as I stick to the plan and continue to make progress, I do not plan on changing anything.