Grocery shopping can be tricky. Often times you set off to go grocery shopping with all good intentions of buying foods that fit into your healthy lifestyle. But by the time you’re checking out, you’ve added sugary cereals, blocks of cheese and frozen meals loaded with saturated fat (and you probably don’t even know it!)
We’re all about simplicity in the BBP kitchen. We believe in bright, vibrant whole foods that act as fuel for your body. (We also count pizza as fuel sometimes because #YOLO) We’ve streamlined our shopping experience and honed in on the foods we love to eat to keep us lean, mean brave body machines!
1. Bright + Vibrant Veggies
While we don’t pass on anything green and crunchy our favorite vegetables are: Cucumbers, spinach, orange and yellow peppers, acorn squash, zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus. We prep all our veggies when we get home from the grocery store so we’re ready to cook, snack, or pack when we’re hungry. (P.S. please note how overjoyed Amber is… the girl takes her vegetables pretty seriously.)
Avocados are the main event on most of our dishes in the BBP Kitchen. It just doesn’t feel right if don’t have our morning breakfast staple: Avocado Toast. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat (the good kind) that helps lower bad cholesterol. They’re loaded with potassium and they’re one of the few high-protein fruits on the market (one avocado has 4 grams of protein!) Besides all that, avocados make your hair, skin and nails look shiny and new. Thanks, Avocados!
We aren’t functioning humans until we’ve had our morning pot of coffee. Besides being our favorite morning/mid-day pick me up, coffee has a ton of health benefits. It helps prevent against disease, boosts your brain power, speeds up your metabolism, helps fight against type 2 diabetes, and it improves your workout performance. Amber loves a good old fashioned hot cup of coffee with a little half and half while Lindsey keeps it cool with a triple espresso over ice with a little cinnamon.
4. Eggs + 5. Ezekiel Bread
We love eggs (from our head down to our legs) and we can’t get enough of them. Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. Some days we go for egg whites but if we’re filming workouts we go for the yolk too. We stick to large brown organic cage free eggs and we usually eat them for breakfast AND dinner!
Ezekiel bread is the only bread that comes into our kitchen. It’s made from organic sprouted whole grains and legumes and has zero sugar. It’s delicious, nutritious and it’s the only way we make avocado toast!
Who doesn’t love hummus? This delicious concoction of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tahini, provides a good amount of protein, healthy fats and a ton of essential vitamin and minerals. Hummus is a great substitute sandwich spread (bye bye mayonnaise!) and we love hummus and turkey slices as a mid-day snack!
We’re big on protein and we don’t want genetically modified ANYTHING going into our bodies. Organic non-GMO chicken and turkey are staples at our dinner table. We keep our dinners simple and season our meat with salt, pepper, EVOO and low sodium fajita seasoning!
We don’t eat very much dairy, but we LOVE 2% Milkfat Cottage Cheese as a snack. Since cottage cheese is rich in protein it can help you maintain, build and repair lean muscle mass. Extra points for ingesting that calcium! We all need strong bones and teeth!
Fun fact: Lindsey was allergic to almonds until this year (WHAT?!) We LOVE almonds as a mid-day or pre-workout snack. They help promote heart health, prevent weight gain and are a significant source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
10. Dark Chocolate
This is not the first time we’ve expressed our love for dark chocolate! Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, it’s high in vitamins and minerals, it’s been known to increase serotonin levels in the brain (hello happy!) and it’s delicious.
There you have it friends! Our top 10 staples in the BBP kitchen. What do you keep in the fridge to keep your body lean, mean and brave? Comment below and tell us!
Keep up with those #braveEATS and we’ll see you next week!
Lindsey + Amber