8 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen

Nov 2 2022
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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
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I'm always trying new foods at Hungryland, but there are some staples that never leave my grocery list. These eight healthy foods are always in my kitchen...

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup, average: 35 calories, 2.5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 170mg sodium, 2g carbs, <1g fiber, 0g total sugars (0g added sugars), 1g protein
WW Points® value 1*
This stuff 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 unsweetened vanilla oat milk and coconut milk. (We all need 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 total fat (0g sat. fat), 0mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g total sugars (0g added sugars), 0g protein
WW Points® value 0*
I became obsessed with Perrier 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 total sugars (0g added sugars), 23.5g protein
WW Points® value 0–3*
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 total sugars (0g added sugars), 6g protein

1 large egg white: 17 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat. fat), 55mg sodium, <0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g total sugars (0g added sugars), 3.5g protein

WW PersonalPoints™ value 0*

Yay, more protein! I always keep these in my fridge. Go beyond 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! I like to stock up on Amazon.

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:

Happy National Deviled Egg Day, November 2nd. Put a Mediterranean twist on 'em with this Greek Deviled Eggs recipe!

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