8 Foods Always in Lisa's Kitchen

Nov 8 2017
Question@2x Hi Lisa,

I love reading about the latest food finds in my Hungry Girl emails! Which foods do you personally stock up on at home?

Curious Cathy
Answer@2x Hi CC,

I'm always trying new foods at Hungryland, but there are some staples that never leave my grocery list. These eight finds are in my kitchen at all times...

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze

1 cup: 30 calories, 2.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 170mg sodium, 1g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk has been a pantry staple for ages. (I love that it's available in shelf-stable containers, so I can stock up!) It's creamy, flavorful, and low in calories. I use it in my coffee and growing oatmeal bowls on a regular basis. It's also excellent for baked goodies, shakes, overnight oats... practically anywhere you'd use regular milk! I also love the brand's Almond Coconut and Almond Cashew blends. (A girl's gotta have options.)

Fresh Fruit (Fuji Apples, Grapes, and Oranges)

Fruit is so versatile: I eat it as a snack, cook with it (LOVE it in my oatmeal bakes), throw it over yogurt and salads... YUM! When I'm craving a quick dessert fix, I love eating fruit with a dippable dessert like this Double Chocolate Cheesecake Dip. And apples and oranges are great when I'm running out the door and need a smart on-the-go snack!

Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

8 oz.: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

I became obsessed with Perrier about three years ago -- I sometimes joke that I'm about 25 years late to a party that started winding down 15 years ago! -- and now I drink the unsweetened sparkling water every single day. It's zero-calorie bubbly perfection! While I prefer the plain version, these days I sometimes switch it up with the flavored varieties.

Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1 cup (average): 130 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 93mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 9g sugars, 23.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

I'm a protein maniac (it keeps me full and satisfied), so I love Greek yogurt. I tend to stick with the plain kind, which is lower in sugar and calories. Sometimes I'll stir in a little vanilla extract and natural no-calorie sweetener. It's also great with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice! For a big breakfast bowl, I'll top it with a lot of fresh fruit and some sliced almonds. Greek yogurt is also great for dips and baked goodies.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

1 large egg: 72 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 71mg sodium, 0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 6g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

1 large egg white: 17 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 55mg sodium, <0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 3.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

Yay, more protein! I always keep these in my fridge. Forget deviled eggs... Fill your hard-boiled egg whites with salsa or hummus. Hard-boiled eggs/egg whites are also fantastic chopped up on salads. Here's a handy how-to for making, peeling, storing, and (of course) eating them!

Starbucks VIA Instant Packets

I know what you're thinking… “Instant coffee?” But VIA is game-changingly delicious. Starbucks makes all sorts of tasty blends, so there's a roast for everyone. Stick with the plain coffee packets, and add your own flavors or sweeteners. My hands-down favorite is the Veranda. Try it with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a natural no-cal sweetener packet for no-fuss morning java!

Cut Veggies (Plus Salsa or Hummus)

Pre-cut veggies are a lifesaver! When I'm craving a crunchy snack, I reach for sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and jicama sticks. I dip them in salsa, hummus, or yogurt-based dips like this Buff Chick Hot Wing Dip. HG tip: If you like sugar snap peas but think they sometimes taste a bit "grassy," very lightly steam them in the microwave, and then chill them in the fridge.

Ready-to-Eat Protein (Turkey Slices, Tuna Pouches, Etc.)

You might think of these as just meal starters, but I snack on 'em as well! They make a filling afternoon hunger buster or an easy add-in for salads, slaws, and wraps. I'm especially nuts about StarKist's line of portion-controlled seasoned tuna. Other favorites? Chicken breast (click for 16 ways to use it) and smoked salmon!

Chew on this:

It's November 8th, National Cappuccino Day. Whip up a swap with two of today's finds: the almond milk and Starbucks VIA!

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