Eating healthy

I have always been used to eat in a healthy way. My parents taught me to cook using most of the time organic fruits and vegetables. We know that by eating better, we feel better. We understand eating well means to have more energy, be less moody, and have a better sleep. But sometimes we still catch ourselves making poor decisions when it comes to our health and more often than we’d like. Especially when you live on your own for the first time!

Living on your own means living on a budget, and sometimes healthy options seems to cost more, but I believe that the cost of food should not have to come between you and your health.

Today, I’m sharing with you which healthy food I always have in my kitchen starting with:

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Avocados

I absolutely live for avocados! (I’m that obsessed that I almost bought a iPhone case with avocados drawing crazy zoulou… ). They are perfect chopped into salads or smashed with some lime juice and sea salt as a side for breakfast or a vegetable component to any meal. On top of that avocados are really good for your health, they offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and they are rich in monounsaturated fats.

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Quinoa

As I’m not very fond of meat, I eat quinoa as a substitute for meat. It’s a truly fascinating food, and worth taking a closer look at its different features and what it can provide for you. Quinoa as become a basic in my kitchen, it’s really easy to cook as so easy to combined A bowl of quinoa topped with grilled chicken pieces & chopped avocado… so yummy!!

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Spinach

When I was little I used to watch Popeye but I never understood why he was so much into spinach… well now I do and I’m obsessed with it! Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. I used it in my morning green smoothie and in my salad with just some vinegar, olive oil and some sea salt.

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Salmon

I grew up surrounded by seafood, and I guess that is why like salmon so much. Salmon is one of the most nutritious types of fish you can eat! It supplies iron, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, in addition to a whole host of other nutrients you need for good health.

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Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are high in fiber, minerals, healthy fats and protein! Perfect for total body nourishment. I usually have almonds, chia seeds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. I used them a lot for my salad or yogurt bowls with fresh berries.

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Chickpeas

I love making my own humus so I always have chickpeas in my kitchen. First of all it’s a non-animal sources of protein and second… it’s super affordable. They are also very good in a salad with some tuna, sweet corn and spinach.

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Fresh fruits

What I love the most when I go to the grocery store, it’s choosing colorful seasonal fruits such as berries, kiwi, apples, bananas and pomegranates. Fruits are extremely high in antioxidants and fiber that help to fight free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of disease. I used them to make desserts, but also for my smoothie, or just by itself with some dark chocolate.

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Eggs

Who doesn’t love eggs? (Oh wait I know someone who hates eggs ahaha) They are one of the most nutrient-dense food available and make a perfect high protein meal any time of day. One of my favorite ways to eat eggs is making a delicious omelet with salmon and a spinach salad as a side.

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Whole grain foods

Whole grains contain fiber and it causes food to stay in your stomach longer, so you fell full and your blood sugar doesn’t go up as quickly after you eat. Whole grains, such as whole-wheat flour and brown rice, also have more fiber than refined white flour and white rice. My kitchen is full of whole grain pasta, rice, bread and flours.

Last but not least

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Coconut oil

You might know how crazy I’m with coconut oil, I used it for my hair, my skin and to white my teeth. But I also use it for cooking! Coconut oil has a lightly sweet and of course, « coconutty » flavor. It substitutes well for butter. Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have positive effects on health. This includes fat loss and better brain function.

And voilà! Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is essential for sticking to a healthy lifestyle. It takes time but I absolutely love doing it, I adore going to the grocery store and take the time to look at every products and even sometimes discovering new amazing healthy foods.

Love Zoulou, 

 


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