Healthy eating – for as straightforward as it can be, can also be really really difficult. A lot of people will tell you though that planning is what saves you. Make sure to have the right things on hand, and you should be okay, or at least, find things a little easier.

Here’s a quick list of things to keep at home if you’re trying to eat healthier.

1. Spinach 

The base of any good salad, great for adding to sauces – and a healthy source of iron

2. Eggs cropped image of woman holding egg isolated on yellow

Anyway, you like them these are great. They’re filling, packed full of protein, and can be eaten on the go.

3. Tilapia Grilled Halibut with Spinach, leeks and Pine Nuts - Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera

Healthy, low-fat fish protein. Make fish tacos, fish pie, steam it and throw it in a salad, or add it to pasta. It’s not too flavorful either, so it’s perfect for adding your own herbs and spices too.

4. White beans

White beans shot from directly above – very clean, natural shot of lima beans.

Buy these canned and they’ll keep for (almost) ever. While the most obvious use of these may be a salad, they can also be blended up, turned into sauces, or used to make healthier bases for creamy desserts.

5. Wild rice

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Rice is great – but not all rice is created equal. Thankfully, wild rice exists and is delicious, as well as good for you. Use it to replace white rice, instead of quinoa in a salad, or as the base of a protein-heavy meal.

6. Greek yoghurt Young woman with muesli bowl. Girl eating breakfast cereals with nuts, pumpkin seeds, oats and yogurt in bowl. Girl holding homemade granola. Healthy snack or breakfst in the morning.

For breakfast, and for baking (seriously!) Greek yoghurt is perfect. It’s also great in smoothies, or when you’re just craving something sweet.

7. Fruit Sliced citrus fruits. Oranges, grapefruits and lemons on marble countertop with a chopping board

Need we say more?

8. Sweet potatoes Subject: A display of yams

Fry them, steam them, toast them, boil them. These are extremely versatile and work in both sweet and savoury meals.

9. Nuts assorted nuts

Almonds are our favourite and thankfully can be used in any number of ways: to make milk, to make butter, just as a snack.

10. Oats 

Perfect for baking, breading (instead of breadcrumbs, blend up some oats), granola, and smoothies.

What do you keep stocked at home?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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