I read a post from a fellow nutritionist encouraging people not to stress about eating processed foods. Her argument went something like too much fear mongering on went on around food and fast food was cheap and didn’t tie women to the kitchen etc etc
What is our job as nutritionists if not to inspire people to eat better? Yes not to fear monger but shouldn’t we always aspire to eat the best diet we can, within reason? So no you won’t ever see me posting that cheap white bread is fine to eat everyday but yeah knock yourself out if you fancy it every so often!
BUT I’ll happily post some tips and foods I use when I am stressed out, have too little time or haven’t been shopping (so most weeks then!) Here then are some store cupboard basics I use when I just don’t have time to create a whole meal or jazz up whatever I have created ...
1.I use a lot of nuts and seeds in my food (pumpkin and pistachio pictured here two of my faves) as I’m vegetarian and this is a good source of protein and fat. I like that they add texture to my meals.
2. I’m obsessed with olives🍈 so always have a jar on the go, plus sun dried tomatoes and artichokes which can be added into pretty much every meal IMO (honestly they go with everything!)
3.Beans! There’s always a can for emergency dinners when I haven’t soaked anything in advance (this is most of the time) - again great protein on the go.
4.Lastly some store cupboard flavour boosters - jalapeños and capers. Alongside herbs these guys are your best friends to pep up a store cupboard meal so great to have some of these at the back of the fridge.
So there you have it. These are my convenience foods! Eggs, pesto and frozen veg also spring to mind. Having a few jars of things that you use now and again doesn’t break the bank and yes fine, use alongside processed foods too now and again! Pimp up that pizza with sundried tomatoes and jalapeños! No dinner? Butter beans with pesto and olives with some some pumpkin seeds. Happy Tuesday all!
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