5 Healthy Food Must Haves

5 Healthy Food Must Haves

When you are just starting out on the path to clean eating, it can be quite confusing and daunting knowing what foods you should and shouldn’t be eating. Not only this, but some healthy foods can get quite pricey! These 5 healthy food must have’s help start you on the path to clean eating while sticking to your budget!

 

1. Almond Milk

You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy Almond Milk. Almond milk is perfect to add to smoothies or into your baking. I love mashing sweet potato and adding in a dash of almond milk to make it rich and creamy.

Any non dairy milk is a great swap to make from cows milk in cooking and baking (even in your tea and coffee if you like). So many individuals have an issue digesting the sugar found in dairy. Lactose and the indigestion that can follow, results in symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas and headaches. To avoid this, try this cheap alternative instead!

Don’t forget to purchase the ‘unsweetened versions’ to avoid extra added sugars in your non dairy milk.

Almond Milk

 

2. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that when exposed to liquid, can grow 12 times there size! Chia seeds are a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acid which are essential fats that we need through food, as our bodies cannot produce it. Most people can get this from oily fish, however, if you are vegetarian or vegan this is a no-go, so Chia seeds offer a brilliant alternative. They are also a good source of protein!

I love adding chia seeds to my porridge or Greek yoghurt. You can also soak chia seeds in water overnight and in the morning they look all gooey and make a taste chia seed porridge!

Remember to shop around for your chia seeds as some supermarkets sell chia seeds in tiny packets for crazy prices! I got this 1kg bag of chia seeds for £7.99 form Sevenhills Wholefoods on Amazon (click the name to take you to their page). I have quite a few of there superfoods and love how they are vegan, organic, cheap and they give money to charities around the world – totally amazing!

Golden rule – It’s worth shopping around.

Chia Seeds

 

3. Quinoa

However you want to say this little grain “keeen-wah” or “quin-o-a” it is definitly a must have in my cupboard. Just like the chia seeds, when cooked quinoa grows in size to create a cous cous looking dish. Quiona is the perfect replacement to rice or pasta and contains a small amount of that Omega-3 fatty acid we need as well as being an excellent source of protein.

I love cooking a big pot of Quinoa and then adding in some beans such a lentils and vegetables like sweetcorn and green beans and having this as a quick and easy lunch! I advice people to cook with 1 part quinoa, 4 parts boiling water!

Remember to also shop around for this product. Again, supermarkets can sell this for quite a high price for quite a small bag so look in your local health food store or online to find the best deal. Quinoa haas a very long shelf life so don’t be frightened to go for a big bag!

Quinoa

 

4. Mixed Fruit and Nuts

These are the perfect quick snack for any busy person to have in their cupboard. A small handful of these will fill you up and keep you going until your next meal. Don’t be frightened by the label which says lots of sugar and fat. The sugar is a natural sugar and the fat is a healthy fat that, when consumed in small amounts (hence the “small handful”) is good for you.

I love sprinkling this on top of Greek yoghurt or keeping a small bag in my handbag for when I’m peckish on the go!

Mixed Fruits & Nuts

 

5. Milled Linseed

This is a product that I came across in Aldi because it was so cheap! Linseed (or Flaxseed as it is also known as) is another product that is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid and contains protein. It helps to fill you up and thickens up sauces and smoothies. You only need about a tablespoon per day of this to get the full benefits.

I love sprinkling this into my porridge or into a smoothie.

Linseed

 

Well there you have it, 5 of my healthy food must haves! Each of the items are key players in achieving a healthy lifestyle, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg!

Namaste xx