I noticed a common theme around my Instagram page and recipes. Most of the things I make contain one of three ingredients (or a combination thereof):
No matter where I am in the world, whether I’m at home in New York, traveling, or visiting family, I also have these ingredients with me. If I’m traveling one of my first stops is usually to the grocery store.
Preparation is key when living a healthy lifestyle, and by stocking up on lots of healthy ingredients we can reduce the amount of mindless snacking, cravings, and temptations we experience on a day to day basis.
So what is it about avocado, eggs, and tahini that makes me pick these 3 specifically?
Well for starters they all contain healthy fat. This is important because a lot of times when people transition to eating more vegetables and cutting down on carbs, they are starving. You should never be starving in order to lose weight or “be healthy.” The trouble is when you cut down on carbohydrates, the food that may have been filling you up, you need to replace it with something new to fill you up, or… you guessed it– you go hungry! And when you are hungry (or hangry), our judgment goes out the window. Our body starts searching desperately for nourishment and tends to seek out sugars, fats, and salts. To our demise, these things that were once hard to come by in nature are now plentiful in the form of pretzels, chips, cannolis, pastas, and other forms of deliciousness. Unfortunately for us, they are extremely calorie-dense, but not nutrient-dense. What this means for you is, even after eating these foods, or eating what you may deem as the appropriate amount of calories, your body is still lacking the nutrients is was craving. The result is perpetual hunger and unsatiated cravings.
So what’s a better way to fulfill your hunger AND your body’s need for nutrients? HEALTHY fats!
- Avocados are a great snack to take on the go (I always bring them when I fly or travel), or to add to a salad and mix in to create a creamy dressing.
- Eggs are a wonderful quick breakfast combined with greens. They also make a great afternoon snack. You can hard boil them in mass and have them stocked for when hunger calls (or when you roll your butt out of bed).
- Tahini is ground up sesame seeds believe it or not, and has the consistency of a thinner peanut butter. Some tahinis are more separated than others– looks for one that blends easily so you can drizzle it over your steamed or sauteed greens. Combined with lemon and sea salt it is heavenly.
Hope that helps!
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