Essential non-essentials in my daily diet

July 11, 2017

When people first get into the habit of eating healthy it’s easy to either be clueless of how to make healthy taste nice, or quite the opposite, you can be so excited with all of the healthy options out there you can quickly justify the health benefits of every snack bar just because of its protein content.

I love the way I eat, I never feel deprived of anything and I really enjoy the way it makes me feel! I thought I would put together a little post with some of my staple ingredients that my diet includes pretty much everyday (please note, these are by no way meals, they are quite literally ingredients or snacks)!

Apple cider vinegar

This stuff is a daily staple in my diet. I have it with breakfast, lunch and often dinner too. If you are like I used to be and wouldn’t dream of classing a salad as a meal, let alone a nice one (unless it was filled with cheese or rice or stuff that’s a lot less salad like) then you need this in your life! Everyday with breakfast (usually eggs of some sort) I have a big side salad with tons of leaves, vegetables, fruit and nut and drench it in apple cider vinegar. Not only is it really good for you but it makes the salad so delicious – especially if you put some sweet fruit in it – I like to go with dried goji berries and strawberries.

Dried golden berries

These are like natures version of sour skittles! I have always prided myself on being able to make a healthy alternative for just about everything – except sour sweets, until I found these bad boys! These aren’t at many local supermarkets but I manage to get mine from Holland & Barret or online. So if you’re struggling with the #HealthyLife because you miss your sour sweets, you need these in your life!

Trail mix

Not exactly ground breaking stuff but I genuinely don’t this fruit and nut gets enough credit, mostly because supermarket ones are generally just peanuts and raisins!

I would definitely recommend making your own and including all of the great nuts and seeds (pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews) and the good dried fruits (goji berries, blueberries, cranberries) and then adding in some delicious extras like cocoa nibs and coconut flakes – this really is such a delicious and filling snack when done right, but dangerously addictive! I have this in replace of grabbing an extremely processed protein bar that quickly become less healthy staples in my diet if I’m not too careful!

Raw carrots 

Again, I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes at this one but trust me. If you are totally honest with yourself, what are you snacking on when you’re not even hungry but just want to eat? That’s where people tend to get less healthy (I’m completely guilty of finishing a full pack of rice cakes throughout these mindless snacking episodes). Chomping on a raw carrot is satisfyingly crunchy, takes time and is also nice and healthy! I am a self-confessed serial snacker and could just munch all day long – this is a great option for the times when I’m not even hungry but can’t help myself!! Alternatively, you could just have some self-control but I am less skilled at that!

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are ridiculously good for you, and something I try to eat daily. These can be sprinkled onto your salad or trail mix, you can sneak them into your smoothie, make a chia pudding out of them (have a look through my recipe section for inspo) or even just in your glass of water!

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