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Building Healthy Habits – How a well-stocked breakfast pantry is helping me create healthy habits that have staying power.
For the last few months, I’ve been focusing on building healthier habits. We spent a lot of time on the road last year, living out of suitcases and not having any routine in our day-to-day lives. I felt sluggish and an overall heaviness, and I knew that I needed to make some changes to feel better for my mental and physical health.
One of the first things to change was my eating habits. I started going to a high intensity interval training class pretty religiously, and I needed something healthy and filling to eat before I went. I started buying Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granolas and having a small breakfast before class each day. Be sure to find it at your local Stop & Shop today! While you’re there, you can save $1.00 on Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granola and $.50 on Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups.
Before, I would normally not eat anything until almost lunch time. I’d be so hungry that I would stand in front of the pantry and eat crackers while figuring out what I really wanted to eat just because I was so hungry.
I’m not naturally a breakfast eater, so I had to teach myself to eat breakfast. I started small, literally, with a handful of granola. It tastes like cookies and I can eat a little before class and not feel too full before I have to run and row for an hour. I also like that I can throw some in a bag and eat it in the car on the way.
After a few weeks, I started to wake up hungry and want to eat breakfast. I decided that the best way to capitalize on this was to make sure to have a well-stocked pantry so that I could make the best choices.
I went to my Stop and Shop and took my time to shop labels and pick things to stock my pantry that are going to help me maintain the healthy habits that I am trying to create. One of the good yet kind of annoying things about an international move is that we had to toss everything in our pantry and start from scratch. So when I started over, I decided to be very intentional about what went back into it.
Our Stop and Shop is designed in a way that is easy to make good choices. You walk into the produce section, and the next few aisles are the organic and whole foods aisles. I try to buy the bulk of my groceries in these aisles, and it’s where I found the Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granolas.
My two favorite flavors are Chocolate Sea Salt and Maple Walnut. They are made with coconut sugar, which is a low-glycemic sugar, certified gluten-free, vegan, organic, and two servings a day will give your maximum probiotic benefits.
This granola is made with GanedenBC30, a new strain of probiotics that survives the baking process due to to its protective spores. Once the probiotics hit your gut, the moisture level and temperature are optimal for the probiotics to kick in and work their magic.
My kids also like these granolas, and I like that they are getting the probiotics as well. (I’ve given up the fight with trying to get them to take the liquid. It’s a no-go.)
Now that I’ve graduated to eating a full breakfast, I come home and make either a smoothie or a granola and yogurt bowl. I like to make a fruit goo (really a thick puree) and have it in the fridge to use in a bowl, spoon into yogurt, add to a smoothie, or eat with a spoon. It is really handy to have on hand.
To round out my healthy breakfast pantry, I make sure to have these things as well //
Nuts – walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews
Nut butters – almond, sunflower, peanut
Spices – especially warm spices like cinnamon and ginger
Sea salt – I like flaked for finishing and fine for baking
Seeds – chia, flax, hemp
Granola – Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Chocolate Sea Salt and Maple Walnut
Sweeteners – maple syrup, honey, date syrup
Coffee & teas – I like to have a variety
Almond crackers – I still enjoy the occasional cracker; now I put them on a plate. 🙂
I think that the fridge and freezer also count as my pantry, so these things are also always stocked
Non-dairy milks – Almond, oat, and plant-based half-and-half
Yogurt – non-dairy and Greek varieties
Cheese – I like cheese and apple slices as a snack
Fruit goo – recipe below
Fruits and vegetables – if you have them on hand, you tend to eat them
Frozen berries – use for smoothies, goos, or just for snacking
Smoothie packs – if I am super motivated, I have lots of smoothies ready to go
When you have healthy options available, you are more likely to make a good choice; making one healthy choice after another is what makes healthy habits. Be sure to find Purely Elizabeth at your local Stop & Shop today!
Be sure to find Purely Elizabeth at your local Stop & Shop today!
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