We're launching a new series on the JUS Blog called 'In My Pantry'! Once a month we'll link up with a leader in the health and fitness world to get an inside look at what foods they constantly keep on hand to keep themselves fueled and happy. We're excited to kick off the very first of this series with health food blogger and Instagrammer Leah of Leah's Plate.
"Overall, I keep my kitchen and pantry stocked with unprocessed and REAL food - lots of organic fruits and veggies, pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed/antibiotic-free meats and cheeses. I try to eat as much food from the earth as possible.
I know 'banana-less' smoothies are trendy right now, but they're not for me. I love adding 1 frozen banana to my smoothies (it makes them so thick and creamy). Bananas are also a great natural sweetener - I mash 1/2 a banana into my oatmeal and it sweetens it without having to add any maple syrup or honey.
I love eating an avocado on its own sprinkled with some Himalayan pink salt and pepper. I also love it mashed over a piece of sprouted toast and it's a great addition to salads! If you like really thick and creamy smoothies throw 1/2 an avocado into your blender and you'll love the consistency!
I add a spoonful into my smoothies and oatmeal for a dose of healthy fat (it also contains protein). I also love a piece of sprouted bread with almond butter, banana and honey.
This leafy green vegetable is so versatile! I love blending it into a smoothie for some greens (can't taste it) and also enjoy it sautéed with other veggies.
I use oats for SO many things - I grind them up into a flour to use in baking dishes. I also have some form of oatmeal (baked oatmeal, stovetop-cooked oatmeal and overnight oatmeal) a few mornings per week!
I add chia seeds to my oatmeal and smoothies and love making chia seed pudding. I also use them as an egg replacer in vegan recipes.
ORGANIC FAIR-TRADE DARK CHOCOLATE
I have SUCH a sweet tooth and enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate every night after dinner.
I love it for its anti-inflammatory benefits. I make turmeric lattes as well as sprinkle turmeric on my veggies and use it in dressings and sauces.
I use coconut oil for EVERYTHING - I use it as my daily body moisturizer, makeup remover and for baking (melt the coconut oil and sub it for butter). I often also roast my veggies in coconut oil."
PROBIOTIC FOOD/DRINK MIX
I love adding JUS by Julie's Probiotic + Prebiotics Food/Drink mix into my smoothies to get my daily dose of probiotics. I can mix it into any food or drink, which is nice because I get my probiotics during any meal.
Leah is a health enthusiast, wife and mother. She lives in South Florida with her husband and one year old daughter. She started her blog Leah's Plate in 2015 because healthy living and eating wholesome, real food is such a passion of hers and she wanted to share that with others. Leah inspires her followers to nourish their bodies with whole foods in order to live a healthier life. Leah creates recipes that are quick and easy to make proving that eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated. When Leah isn't in the kitchen she can be found at a yoga or kickboxing class.