I always pack school lunches, and I serve real food for dinner. I don’t say that to say, look at me, I say that to let you know it’s definitely possible. As a working mom of three active kids, I get it. Prioritizing healthy meals can be a real challenge. But it is so worth it!

I plan, plan, plan. That really is the #1 key. And you have to be armed and ready because you know you often have mere minutes to get food on the table before the hangry (no that’s not a typo – I mean hungry/angry!)  chaos strikes.

Here are the staples that are always in my refrigerator so I can pull together a healthy meal or snack in minutes.

  • Almond or coconut milk
  • Organic peanut butter and/or almond butter
  • Organic jelly
  • Leafy greens
  • Some combination of cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms
  • Fresh fruit: I buy what’s in season so this could look like apples and grapes or berries and nectarines
  • Medjool dates
  • Whole grain and sprouted corn tortillas
  • Organic string cheese, cheese slices and shredded mozzarella
  • Organic eggs
  • Organic butter
  • Raw sauerkraut (Bubbie’s is my fav)
  • Organic salsa
  • Mustard
  • Low sodium tamari
  • Hummus
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds and flax meal: unlike chia seeds, you need to store flax in the fridge to keep it fresh
  • Cooked protein (wild salmon, organic chicken or turkey). Sure, there might be some protein in there waiting to be cooked too, but I always have something done and ready to grab.
  • A bunch of random leftovers: we are good leftover eaters!

Favorite Mexican salad  peanut butter and jelly tortilla lunch

If you’ve got these essentials always available, you can whip out anything from a smoothie to a salad, a veggie omelet wrap to a thin crust pizza. And PB&J is always an option, people. My kids love PB&J tortillas cut into triangles.

Now if you’re wondering which hummus is best? What ingredients do I avoid in cheese, salsa, peanut butter and tortillas? Reach out to me for details on my Pantry Makeover. Because the food you choose does have a huge impact on your health. I would love to help set you up for success! Contact me for a free Simply Healthy Strategy session and we can see if this is the service that will help you reach your goals.

Stay tuned for my pantry staples list!