Making sure that you always have something in the house that makes it easy to fix meals and snacks, is the secret of sticking to a clean diet.
When you don’t have easy to prepare food in your house, is that you will be tempted to rush into the nearest fast food store or to the nearest food section of your favorite grocery store ( Bring this Clean Eating Grocery List For Beginners along when you go to grocery stores).
Here are the 4 eating clean food list staples you should keep on hand for quick and easy clean meals.
1. Pantry Items or Dry Goods
Having things like rice, oats, and cornmeal or grits on hand helps whip up quick and filling side dishes and breakfasts.
Keeping potatoes, onions, and garlic stocked in your pantry can let you whip up some quick dishes with just a few things from the fridge.
I like to keep corn tortillas, tortilla chips and popcorn on hand for quick snacks that aren’t bad for me.
And speaking of snacks…nuts, seeds, and dried fruit are perfect for snacking and make great additions to oatmeal in the morning. Wrap it up with some seed or nut butter and you’re good to go.
If you’re including whole grain products in your eat clean diet food list, keep whole grain flour and pasta on hand in the pantry.
You can bake up some quick bread; make homemade bread and other baked goods with the flour. And of course, pasta, sauce, and some vegetables always make for a quick weeknight dinner.
2. Eggs and Dairy
I always keep plenty of eggs in the fridge. And boil a dozen or so and keep them on hand for easy snacking and breakfast meal.
Eggs are such a versatile ingredient and they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner (like my favorite tuna with egg dish).
If you include dairy on your clean eating food list, you should stock your fridge with butter, raw or whole milk and some Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
I also like to keep a few hard pieces of cheese for quick and easy snacking.
3. Fruits and Vegetables
What’s clean eating diet without fruits and vegetables? There aren’t a lot of shelf-stable vegetables out there aside from things like carrots and potatoes. So it’s a good idea to stock up on plenty of frozen and canned vegetables to use whenever you run out of the fresh stuff.
Another great thing to keep on the counter is a growing salad bowl. Loose leaf lettuce is pretty quick and easy to grow. Give it a try for fresh, organic produce from your window sill.
Apples are your best bet for shelf stable food when it comes to fruit. If smoothies are your thing, you can keep berries in your freezer for a quick fix.
4. Meat and Fish
Let’s wrap this up with a few things from the meat and fish department.
Canned tuna is a good option to have on occasion.
You can make tuna salad, or add it to pasta sauces or even as a pizza topping. I don’t have it often but it’s a good ingredient to have on hand.
When it comes to meat, you won’t find my freezer without some grass-fed ground beef, ground turkey and a few bags of chicken breast.
They are all versatile options when I’m out of fresh meat or can’t find anything decent when buying my grocery
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