-Siggi’s Icelandic yogurts: Great job! Buy plain and eat with low-sugar fruit like blueberries
-Romaine lettuce: Good, but be sure to mix in kale and spinach for more vitamin and nutrient variety!
-Chicken: If you can afford, buy free range – those chickens have a better/more varied diet, and those benefit are transferred to you. Don’t be afraid of thighs, if breasts are too plain/dry for you. Fat in diet does NOT equal fat in your body.
-Eggs: If you can afford, buy eggs from free range brands. We have discovered Vital Farms eggs, and LOVE them! https://vitalfarms.com/
-Blueberries: Yes! Try dumping some in yogurt and then freezing. 🙂
-Hummus: Great option – try to eat with carrots and/or celery instead of chips.
-Gluten free tortilla chips: I am with you here – chips are my weakness, and even if I can eat 90% of the time pure whole, healthy food, I HAVE to have a few chips every now and then. My only suggestion here is to pour into a bowl or portion out into small baggies instead of eating straight from the bag!
(Also, ALL tortilla chips are gluten free by nature of the fact they are made out of corn, which has no gluten. Just a note not to fall for marketing gimmicks!)
-guacamole: Great food, but eat sparingly – very calorie (fat)-dense, and easy to go over your calorie “allotment” because “it’s healthy food!”
-bananas: Another great food that is calorie (sugar)-dense, so don’t splurge here.
One thing I’ve discovered recently that I LOVE is frozen red grapes. I get the smaller variety (specifically from Trader Joe’s), rinse, toss in the freezer. They have almost entirely replaced chips for me since I grab them out of the freezer now when I get home from work instead of reaching for a bag od chips. I like to rinse them again before putting into a bowl b/c the water freezes on them, creating even MORE crunch.
Yes, it is a lot of sugar, but I think that’s better for me than eating nutrient-devoid, fried chips!