a few many things you can’t live without? I’m sure we all have them, I know I do! They tend to change every once in a while, but I definitely have some items I’d prefer to not go without. With that being said, here’s my current list of foodie staples!
Cereal: Right now, I’m loving on the PB Puffins (hope I never get sick of those!), Kashi Honey Sunshine, 365 Organic Honey Crunch & Oats and Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch. I also really like Bear Naked Fit granola (especially triple berry crunch–what’s with all these cereals and having crunch in their name?) and Udi’s cranberry granola. I generally don’t have cereal at breakfast (I used to everyday, though) but it makes an amazing snack…or small dinner?
Fruit: Gosh, no way could I ever live without this! I love almost all fruits I’ve tried, except for plums and pears. In my dorm, it’s hard to have some of my favorite fruits, like pineapple and berries, so I’m sticking with some tried-and-true varieties, like bananas, black grapes and apples. They’re all pretty versatile and easy to take with me to classes.
Veggies: I also love veggies, but I don’t really have a way to cook it, so raw it is. Luckily, I love raw cauliflower, and it’s pretty easy to eat. I also discovered butternut squash, which is amazing and simple to heat up in the micro. Plus it comes pre-cut (thanks, Whole Foods!) so it’s perfect for someone without a sharp knife handy. Baby carrots are also a good option.
Dried fruit: Mmmmmm, yes! Dried fruit is the bomb.com and even less of a hassle to bring to classes. I love Medjool dates, raisins (golden and regular), dried pineapple, freeze-dried fruit…the list goes on and on. I just look for dried fruit without any added sugar or chemicals and I’m good to go!
Mini frozen burritos: I have 2 small fridges with tiny freezer compartments, so I need all the space I can get. EVOL makes mini burritos, which are perfect as a snack or part of dinner/lunch. I love the veggie fajita kind, since it’s vegan and yummy. Score!
Sweet potatoes: I’ve been missing these guys like crazy lately, but luckily, they’re back in my life again. They heat up quick in the micro and taste so so good topped with almost anything–nut butter, trail mix, honey, guacamole, chili powder…
Spices: Speaking of chili powder, girl’s gotta have her spices. All I got right now is curry powder, ground cinnamon and hot Mexican chili pepper, but it’s good enough for me! Those are probably my 3 fave, and they can ‘spice’ up anything from coffee (the cinnamon, of course) to veggies.
Truvia: I like things sweet, but I don’t want to add real sugar to some things, ya know? That’s where Truvia packets come in. They’re easy to carry around in case I get an unsweetened iced tea on-the-go and I always add a packet to my oats to sweeten them up. I love that they’re a natural sub for fake sugar.
Almond/nut butter: Where would we be without nut butter? As I’ve said several times before, PB is not my fave (sorry!). But I absolutely adore almond, and lately, almond peanut cashew. Nut butters are soooooo good on sweet taters, as an oats topper, on wraps/sandwiches, with fruit (especially dates) or even off your finger 😉
Morningstar spicy veggie sausages: I have one of these almost every morning, and have for probably the last year. Somehow, I’m not getting bored of them. I’m definitely not a savory person, especially at breakfast, but they’re a great source of vegetarian protein, they’re easy to make (except when your micro burns them…) and they taste so darn good. I like anything spicy, like I’ve said millions of times before.
Organic jelly: It’s kinda upsetting how many jellies have high fructose corn syrup in them. I mean, come on, why can’t they just have simple, natural ingredients? When I found Smucker’s Organic line of jellies, I fell in love. Sure, there’s still sugar in them, but it’s real sugar, and it’s natural and organic. There aren’t any weird ingredients in it either. Is it weird that I like it with nut butter and crackers????? It’s also delish as an oats topper.
Starbucks VIA instant coffee: I can’t live without my ‘bucks fix every once in awhile. But when you’re a college student with no car, it’s kinda hard to get. Lucky for me, they came out with instant coffee packs that are almost as good as their brewed stuff. Not only do I love it in homemade skinny lattes, but it’s amazing mixed in with overnight oats. Talk about an energizing breakfast 😛
Protein bars: I’m no athlete, but I still eat these like it’s my job. Kidding, but I do love ’em. I don’t get the huge ones, like regular Clifs (I usually cut them in half to have as a snack), I prefer the Mojo kind which are like trail mix bars, and Pure and Halo bars. They make a perfect on-the-go lunch alongside some fruit and they come in so many varieties. My faves at the moment are Mojo white chocolate macadamia and mountain mix, Pure chocolate brownie and Halo s’mores and nutty marshmallow. I try to get bars that have at least 6 grams of protein (the Halo ones don’t, but they’re good for a snack) and only natural sugar.
Almond milk: I switched to soy last May, and I liked it for a while, but now I prefer almond. I still have soy milk every so often (the Silk seasonal kinds are SO good) but now I’m trying to buy almond more often. I really love the Pacific Naturals unsweetened vanilla, but the plain Whole Foods brand is also good. It lasts longer in the fridge than soy and has a nice, light nutty taste.
Rolled oats: Of course I have these! I probably have oats in some form every single day…well actually, I pretty much just eat them in overnight oats 😀 Unlike a lot of people, I prefer overnighters to cooked oats. But anyways, oats are incredibly versatile, easy to prepare and so healthy. I don’t even want to start to explain my overnight oats, so just check out my page devoted to them!
Greek yogurt: Another “duh” if you read my bloggy regularly! Oikos is my one true Greek yo’ love, but sometimes I go off and have an affair with Fage mango guanabana or blueberry acai. Shhhhhh, don’t tell 😉
Of course, there are many many more products I’ve (sadly) had to leave out ’cause I didn’t wanna bore y’all with it, but these are what I have most often and love the most!
What are your foodie staples?
23 thoughts on “My Foodie Staples”
Dude this post is making me hungry!! You and I have such similar tastebuds, especially regarding sweet potatoes mwahaha! 😉
My foodie staples include zucchini, cottage cheese, fish, apples, nut butters, outdone, Greek yogurt, and broccoli! Nom nom nom
Have a grand weekend m’dear! 😀
Yesssss, sweet potato fans unite 😉
Oh I have so many 😀 Greek yogurt is tops!
Agreed 100% on the Greek yogurt!
Your staples are pretty much the exact same as mine haha. Sweet potatoes, greek yogurt, protein bars…. these are things I cannot live without 🙂
Yay, foodie twins 😀
I honestly don’t know how I’d live without oats, greek yogs, cinnamon, and nut butters. Those are my staples for sure, as well as blueberries, broccoli, parmesan cheese, onions, fresh wheat bread, and soy milk!
Ooh I love blueberries, broccoli and soy milk too!!!!
This post made me hungry! All of your food staples sound really yummy. I need peanut butter all the time of course, apples, greek yogurt, cheerios, wheat bread, and lara bars. Does water count? I’m buyin some puffins and almond butter this weekend so I hope I like them enough to add them to my staples.
I think water should count, it’s like the ultimate staple haha! I hope you love almond butter and Puffins, too, they’re (obviously) my faves 😀
These are all great to have around! For me, I always need to have a lot of fresh fruits and veggies around, nutbutters, coconut oil and chocolate! And in my pantry, there is always quinoa, barly, pasta and nori sheets!
Carrot cake oats sounds and looks fantastic!
I miss being able to make quinoa! I’ll definitely be whipping up several batches over Thanksgiving break in a few weeks!
Clearly we would be awesome friends. This looks exactly like my kitchen staples! I’m really jealous you have the halo bars around you. I’ve been really wanting to try the s’mores bar but can’t find it anywhere! 😦
Sweet potatoes are a must must must. I eat one everyday along with a banana, cottage cheese, and some kind of nut butter 🙂
Awh nooooo, I wish we could do a swap of some kind because I would SO send you some Halo bars! The s’mores kind is so good, and so is the nutty marhsmallow.
Aaaaw,I’m so jealous of your awesome snack bars! In Germany,there are no comparable bars sold… 😦
That greek yoghurt also sounds soooo good,but yeah – same here.
Some of my staples definitely are fresh veggies (especially TOMATOES! :D),fruit,cottage cheese & nut butter! Oh,and spices – cinnamon & garlic are BOMB! 😉
Haha I think no one can live without nut butters–they’re too good 😛
I love most, if not all, of your staples! Absolutely adore sweet potatoes and gotta have my greek yogurt (so good with honey!!)
I just had Greek yogurt with honey the other day and it is amazing!
Totally agree with the red grapes, apples and bananas! But I also have egg whites, and lactaid milk on my list. Yeah. I like breakfast foods 😉
Oh I would totally eat breakfast 3 times a day if I could 😀
Our dorm drawers/fridges look IDENTICAL 🙂 Holy cow, I agree with everything on here 100%! The only thing I don’t have are the mini evol burritos.. great idea!
I would definitely recommend the mini burritos if you can find them. They come in a bunch of varieties and don’t take up that much space. And they’re yummy!
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