Are you getting caught up with inspiration congestion in the kitchen? Starting anything new can be a challenge, never mind a whole new eating regime! With the copious amounts of diets and meal plans out there, which one is best for you? And where do you even start? Merely thinking about the task of changing your eating habits can be all too confronting for most.  So how do you jump this hurdle?

Simplicity is Key

In the land of all things filters and retouching, social media doesn’t only put pressure on society in terms of body image, it also plays a significant role in our relationship with food. It’s almost as if everyone has become somewhat of a professional chef, ready to claim the next Michelin star for the fine dining. It’s important not to get intimidated by media influence and just keep it simple.

Starting with the basics

A good place to start is with the ingredients you keep in your pantry. Legumes, whole grains and frozen vegetables are great staples to always have to add substance to your meals.

Here are a few key pantry items to include in your next grocery shop:

  • Lemons for zest
  • Coconut oil or Ghee for cooking
  • A variety of herbs and spices for flavour
  • Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and mixed beans
  • Organic canned tomatoes
  • Quinoa or brown rice
  • Onion and Garlic for flavour

It’s great to have fresh produce such as vegetables or herbs, but if you’re on the go all the time and don’t have time to pop down to the shops every second day, the freezer section will come in handy.

Minimize processed sauces in your kitchen

Processed sauces such a mayonnaise and aioli are an easy go-to for adding flavour but can be a massive contributor to excess calories in a meal. Try supplementing these flavours with Asian inspired sauces such as soy sauce or hoisin sauce. Homemade tzatziki with Greek yoghurt can also be a great flavour enhancer if you’re craving something creamy.

Give this tzatziki recipe a go:

  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

Mix together pop in the refrigerator and enjoy with crackers, a warm curry or some celery sticks for a healthy snack.

Simplify your breakfast

Simplify your breakfast and get back to basics. A hearty fresh fruit salad or smoothie on a hot summers morning or some warm oats, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey will keep you sustained for the morning with minimal effort. Keep single serves of instant oats and ready cut fresh or frozen fruit in your fridge and you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice!

Simplify your snacks

Mixed raw nuts and goji berries are always a great snack. They are packed with heaps of fatty-acids to keep you alert and your brain functioning at an optimum level all day.

 

So there you have it StrongBody Warriors; going back to basics is the new black. Simplify, adjust and evolve your pantry and kitchen to be full with nutrient-dense, wholesome foods and reap the benefits. Don’t forget your StrongBody App has plenty of fantastic recipes to spark some inspirations. Curated by only the best in the fitness industry.

 

Happy simplifying,

StrongBody HQ