Stocking the Fridge without Breaking the Bank

This is a post I wrote for Strengthlete.com that I think goes well with this series on Nutrition.  Enjoy!

As my next competitions draw closer by the day (Crossfit and Figure within a few weeks of each other), dialing in my diet is a must.  The wrong fuel can mean bonking on a workout or walking on stage soft.  So it’s a must.  

Unfortunately, everyone knows that dieting can be hard, but with kids, it can be so much worse.  “Kid food” generally does not fit into a figure prep diet.  Having a three year old picky-eater, presents an even greater challenge.

The key is stocking the fridge to make everyone happy.  Keeping healthy foods in the house that both the little ones and I enjoy, sets everyone up for success.  (Pat is not a picky eater at all, thankfully!)

Here are a  few items that we keep in the fridge to make mealtimes easier for us all:

  1. Whole Roasting Chicken– Instead of buying chicken breasts, we tend to buy whole roasting chickens or chicken quarters.  The kids love the drumsticks and I love the breasts.  It provides plenty for everyone and has a better taste than the pre-cut chicken breasts.
  2. Peanut Butter– All natural peanut butter is the way to go.  On low carb days it’s a nice treat for me to mix in protein powder, and my little ones eat it on bananas, apples, and sandwiches.
  3. Eggs– Ask any athlete, Weightlifter, Powerlifter, Crossfitter, or fried-eggs-749393_1920Bodybuilder, about breakfast and they will unanimously include Eggs. It’s no surprise, because eggs are a great source of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.  Plus there are many different ways to make them, they are delicious, and affordable.  We go through about 3 dozen a week in our house!
  4. Frozen Broccoli– My three year old loves broccoli.  I have no idea why, but we go with it and keep it stocked our staple veggie.  Having it around ensures we all get our greens in.
  5. Avocado– A healthy fat and tasty addition to salads, egg whites, and many paleo treats.  It also keeps me satisfied on low carb days.
  6. Berries – Ah, the sweet tooth.  It’s a realbackground-2277_1920 problem for me and I believe that my three year old also inherited it.  Dark chocolate is usually our sweet of choice, but close to competition day berries can keep the cravings at bay.  We both prefer blackberries, but almost any will do.
  7. Whey Protein– There are many benefits to supplementing with Whey protein.  I use it as a tool to satisfy my sweet tooth and refuel after a workout.   Additionally, I like it for the kids as a substitute for sugar and flour in baked goods.
  8. Sweet Potatoes– My kids are not a big fan of sweet potatoes, but Pat eats a lot of them and they make up a large portion of my high carb meals.  Fortunately, I have become pretty adept at disguising them in foods that the kids will eat like: sweet potato brownies, “fries”, muffins, and protein pancakes.  Yes, these recipes are coming soon!
  9. Gluten Free Waffles– These are by no means a health food, but they are delicious.  Breakfast is always a high(er) carb meal for all of us and these are a quick and easy way to carb up and start the day.  The kids like them with turkey sausage, Pat eats them with his eggs and fruit, and I eat them under egg whites.

blueberries-531209_1920These are just a few of the staples that make it into our grocery cart week after week.  We also go through a lot of coffee, whole milk, almond milk, bananas, tuna fish, steel cut oats, and bacon.

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