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Grocery Shopping How To | Pantry Basics

While fresh foods and filling your refrigerator are important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – It’s also a good idea to make sure that you’ve got the basic necessities in your pantry or cupboards.

I for one don’t have a true pantry, but I use a large chunk of my kitchen cupboards for some must have products that I always have on hand.

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{Photo of my dream pantry from Health Pinterest Board}

Liquids:

Dry Goods:

Nuts, Seeds & Dry Fruit:

Canned Goods:

Spices:

  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Oregano
  • Pepper
  • Mustard
  • Cumin
  • Chili
  • Curry
  • Garam Masala
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • Vanilla powder

What’s in YOUR pantry?

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Overnight Oats | Dave’s Gourmet

When I’m home or the office I have all my supplies and can make healthy meals pretty quickly. But when you’re traveling? That can be rough. Especially if you’re like me and have food allergies and sensitivities that make eating out at restaurants for every meal a bit of a challenge. That means I’m always on the look out for a good travel-ready options. Good ingredients, minimal processing, and – Of course – Tasty! Enter Dave’s Gourmet Overnight Oats.

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{I love, love, loved the Blueberry Vanilla Almond oats, pictured here. I made them with coconut-almond milk and topped with frozen blueberries and a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut flakes}

These little containers pack a lot of nutrients and flavor. There are four flavors and the ingredient list is pretty similar for them all. And they’re all dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan!

Apple Nut

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, almonds, chia seeds, oat bran, apples, natural flavor, cinnamon & sea salt.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Cinnamon Raisin

  • Organic whole grain oats, raisins, organic cane sugar, chia seeds, oat bran, cinnamon, natural flavor & sea salt.
  • Macros: 3.5g Fat, 43g Carbs & 8g protein. 12 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Blueberry Vanilla Almond

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, chia seeds, oat bran, blueberries, almonds, natural flavor & sea salt.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Mixed Berry

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, oat bran, chia seeds, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries & natural flavor.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

One thing that I always look for on packaged food is the amount, and kind, of sugar. You want to avoid super high sugar items and anything with transfats. These overnight oats do use organic cane sugar, but they’re all under 12 grams of sugar total, including the fruit. (Note: The recommended amount of sugar in a day for a woman is 25g and 38g for a man)

Are YOU a fan of overnight oats? Do you have a favorite travel-ready packable meal?

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What I Eat in a Day | Vegetarian Whole 30

Welcome back to another What I Eat in a Day post! This is a special edition featuring a standard day in my vegetarian/vegan Whole 30 diet from February. This is also the third and final post about the Whole 30 after my February experience tackling a vegetarian/vegan modification on the popular paleo reset diet.

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So, without further ado, here’s a typical day of eating during the Whole 30:

Breakfast:

Tofu + garbanzo bean veggie scramble – Recipe here

This is my current favorite – I love a savory breakfast and this is flavorful, filling, and a great way to get in a few cups of vegetables first thing in the morning. Plus a great source of healthy fats and plant-based protein.

Lunch:

Smoothie time! I’m a huge smoothie fan and couldn’t stand to give them up during the Whole 30. So I traded in my favorite protein powder {which contains stevia} for hemp protein. It’s definitely… Strong. But I actually got used to it after a few days.

My usual combination is spinach, mixed berries, cinnamon, ginger root, maca, and hemp protein. Healthy and delicious – The perfect lunch.

Snack:

You’re not technically supposed to do snacks, but I would never be able to make it from 12pm until 6pm without eating.

I would start biting.

It wouldn’t be good.

I brought back chia seed puddings during the Whole 30 and have been really enjoying a super easy almond milk-chia-fruit combo around 2pm. It’s a great energy boost to get be through the end of the day and to fuel my after-work workouts.

Another go-to is crudite and hummus.

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Dinner:

 

I love a salad beast for dinner and I enjoyed the task of creating new dressings and veggie combinations. I especially like cashew and avocado based salad dressings – They offer healthy fats, are super satisfying and yummy. Pairing a giant salad with a whole food veggie burger has been my go-to during the Whole 30.

What do YOU think? Should I do more What I Eat in a Day posts?

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Fresh n’ Lean | Organic Meal Delivery Service

Meal delivery services can be a total lifesaver. If you don’t have time to cook, if you want to send a thoughtful gift to a friend, if you have a loved one that you want to make sure is getting healthy, nutritious food. One of the downsides? Sometimes the pre-made meals can be on the unhealthy side, high in sodium and fat.

Fresh n’ Lean to the rescue!

This company was created with health in mind and their offerings reflect that. They’re focused on delivering healthy, organic food that promotes a balanced lifestyle. They even cater to specific diets and needs:

They’ll even customize a meal selection just for your individual needs if you reach out. And compared to some of the meal plans out there that are made with organic, high-quality ingredients, Fresh n’ Lean offers very competitive pricing.

The standard food delivery plan is $27.99 a day, which means that the cost of each meal comes out to under $10.00. They don’t stop there though, if you’re not interested in 3 meals a day, you can get just what you need on one of their other plans: 1 entrée per day plan is $14.99 and the lunch & dinner entrée meal plan is $23.50. And if that wasn’t great enough, you can also order meals a la carte and just pick what you need.

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{Here’s an example of one meal – Roasted Red Pepper Pasta: 560 Calories // 20g Fat // 94g Carbs // 14g Protein}

The company sent over a few entrées for me to try so that I could give you guys an honest review. They were all organic, vegan, and gluten-free. I tried out 1 breakfast and 5 lunch/dinner entrées.

Pros:

  • Easy delivery – One box with ice packs and all the sealed trays inside
  • Healthy meals & clean ingredients
  • No muss, no fuss – No cleaning up or dishes, just a simple, easy process
  • YUMMY! Who are we kidding, the taste is extremely important. Luckily, all the meals I tried were tasty. I’d order them all again.

Cons:

  • Limited quantities – While they’re nutritionally dense meals, they aren’t huge. If you’re like me and eat LARGE plant-based meals, you might need to supplement the meals by adding additional greens or grains.

A bonus for my amazing readers – You can get 15% off with the code TRY15 🙂

Have YOU tried a meal delivery service? If so, what did you think?

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NatureBox | Snack Giveaway

I’ve introduced you to the joys that are NatureBox before – They’re a wholesale, membership-based online snack company. Once you’ve created an account, your monthly $5 fee goes towards your orders each month, and rolls over if you don’t get around to shopping during the month.

They carry tons of different snacks and you can sort the inventory by all sorts of different diets and eating styles. Choose from gluten-free items, vegan snacks, low-sugar picks, or even high-protein items. Some of their top rated offerings include dried pineapple, Sriracha cashews, Kung Pao pretzles, and probiotic trail mix. They also carry coffee, cookies and desserts, roasted nuts, turkey jerky, popcorn, and chips.

Some of my personal favorites treats are the cassava and plantain chips, and the crispy coconut squares. Yum! I also like to get raw nuts and dried fruit, and mix them together to create my own healthy trail mix concoctions.

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And I’m excited to be partnering with them for another giveaway!

The Giveaway:

  • Free lifetime membership to NatureBox
  • Free shipping on your first order
  • AND a $50 credit to get you started!

How to Enter:

Using the giveaway graphic below you can join this content in a handful of different ways. Follow NatureBox or Moi Contre La Vie on FacebookTwitter, or Tweet a message and you’ll be entered to win.

You can enter as many times as you’d like and the giveaway will be open until March 7th and then I’ll announce the winner!

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Are YOU a big fan of a tasty snack? Well hurry up and enter this giveaway!

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