*This beautiful bounty is from one of our local farmers, Jenny Jack Farm. It’s all organic and costs less than store-bought organic! I spent under $25 for everything!*

As busy moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, or moms-on-the-go, it can sometimes be quite daunting to live a balanced lifestyle and eat nutritionally-dense meals.

Let’s face it, if we’re able to eat a hot meal, let alone an entire meal in one sitting, it’s a luxury! I mean, s it just me or does it seem like woman’s lot in life is to bear children and sacrifice normalcy until said children are grown??

Anywho, as much as you can help it, try to keep easy, healthy foods around your house so when you need a quick, healthy meal, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy carbs for energy, healthy fats, essential oils,  and more, you can easily throw something together and indulge without the guilt!

And no, you don’t see any meat on this salad but you do see protein! Which, by the way, is extremely overrated. There is protein in all plant foods, it’s just that the content is higher in some foods than others. That’s right, it’s possible to get what you need from plants. Fiber, carbohydrates, B12, protein, calcium, antioxidants, fats, grains, etc, etc. So let’s do a breakdown of things you can purchase (in bulk if you’d like to save money). As I digress…

I’m definitely sharing plant-based options with you! I mean, why wouldn’t I? Have you seen my other posts about food??

Alrighty, then. Let’s dive in and look at those staples. The lists below do not include fresh foods. Please be sure to buy non-GMO and organic when possible. I have included a link to the Dirty Dozen list of the most contaminated fruits and veggies :

Grains   

*Bob’s Red Mill has several products on the market and I am a fan.

  • barley
  • millet
  • brown rice
  • farro
  • oats
  • quinoa
  • kinds of pasta

Nut & Nut Butters

  • cashews
  • pecans
  • pumpkin seeds
  • peanuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • sesame seeds

Flours & Baking Goods

  • arrowroot powder (starch)
  • baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • applesauce
  • unbleached white flour
  • wheat flour
  • chickpea flour
  • almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • brown rice flour

Beans (dried or organic, BPA-free canned)

  • lentils
  • black beans
  • garbanzo (chickpeas0
  • kidney beans
  • navy beans
  • mung beans
  • blackeyed peas

Canned Goods (organic)

  • diced tomatoes
  • crushed tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • pasta sauce
  • coconut milk
  • veggie broth

Bread

  • whole-grain bread
  • sprouted bread
  • tortillas (whole wheat or whole corn)

Condiments

  • vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • coconut aminos
  • hot sauce
  • vegan mayo
  • tamari (soy sauce)
  • maple syrup
  • agave

Frozen

  • corn
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • edamame
  • peas
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • mango
  • cauliflower

Herbs

  • cinnamon
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ginger powder
  • coriander powder
  • cumin powder
  • black pepper
  • bay leaf, dried
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • red chili flakes
  • turmeric powder
  • tarragon
  • chili powder
  • sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, or kosher salt

Keeping a good, running stock of healthy foods in your kitchen is a money saver and will last you for quite some time, especially if you buy in bulk.

Don’t forget to keep your fridge stocked with fresh fruits, veggies, a probiotic source (for me, it’s kombucha or Theralac), and other munchies!

By the way, shopping with your local farmers for fresh foods ensures your foods/ingredients are sustainably sourced and retains the maximum amount of nutrients!

This beautiful, organic bounty if from one of our local farmers, Jenny Jack Farm. I got these 9 veggies for under $25!
A dinner bowl is easy, nutritious, and filling. These ingredients were already in my kitchen: frozen organic peas, organic carrots, organic quinoa, and Alabama blue collards Imri and I got on our trip up to Jenny Jack Farm in Pine Mountain.

Comment below and let me know some of your go-to meals from your kitchen or let me know what else you’d like to see on the blog!