Ever heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”?
I’m sure you have and honestly, it’s not a cute phrase that fitness freaks love to share. It’s actually true! You cannot shed that stubborn belly fat with exercise alone – even if you’re working out umpteen hours a week! In order to show off your hard work, your meals MUST be filled with whole, “clean” foods. Besides that, you are obviously invested (hopefully, anyway) in achieving and maintaining a healthy and well-functioning body, aren’t you?
Good answer 🙂
So let’s begin at the beginning…stocking your home with the foods that will help you look and feel your best long term. I will share what I do and how I help my clients eat to reach goals – instead of starving themselves as diets will have you believe. #ugh
Here are my tips for grocery shopping:
- Do not go out hungry! Eat beforehand! (pretty explanatory but needs to be said)
- If you’re on a budget, stick to the minimum requirements and look for coupons and deals at local stores. (I’ll be sharing more on my coupon tips this year)
- Just because something is labeled “low-fat” “a good source of…” or “healthy” DOES NOT mean it is healthy!
- Always shop with a list so you don’t forget anything…and stick to the list ONLY! Don’t buy more than what you need! It will save you money and stress in the long run.
Grocery List (you can copy this off and take to the store)
*means it’s a better option 😉
Protein powder (Vegan options available)*
Boneless/skinless chicken breast*
Lean ground turkey
Canned Tuna (in water)*
Tofu (Vegan friendly)
Plain 0%-2% fat Cottage Cheese
Plain 0%-2% fat Greek Yogurt (I love FAGE brand!)
Nonfat or low-fat cheese sticks
(Don’t be afraid to experiment! These are just a few suggestions b)
Old-fashioned Oatmeal (Gluten-free options available)
Low-carb/Low-sugar cereal (Fiber One for example) (Gluten-free options available)
Quinoa (Gluten-free options available)
Whole Wheat Bread (Gluten-free options available, I personally use Ezekiel bread)
Healthy Fat Options (pick at least 2):
Natural peanut butter or almond butter (only ingredient should read peanuts or almonds, there should be oil on top, low/no sodium).
Lemons (for water & fish)
Water* – MUST HAVE (obviously)
Unsweetened Almond Milk (can be flavored, I like vanilla)*
Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Green tea bags*
Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
Non-stick cooking spray*
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