All nutritionists are different, but when it comes to the foods you will almost always find in their kitchens, they agree that these foods help them stay energetic, fit and feeling good. On top of fresh fruits, vegetables and greens, here are the top 8 foods you will always find in a nutritionist's kitchen:

  1. Raw nuts and seeds. Aside from being a healthy, monounsaturated fat which can help you maintain a healthy weight, nuts are a great on-the-go snack that satisfy a crunchy craving and help keep you full. Plus, they're loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants. Remember to stick with the raw, unsalted variety and avoid any nuts that are sugar-coated or honey-roasted.
  2. Healthy fats. In addition to nuts and seeds, other healthy fats, such as cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, are not only good for your waistline, but they're good for your heart, too. Not to mention, organic expeller pressed coconut oil has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may help boost your immune system, ward off yeast toxins and fight off infections.
  3. Almond or coconut milk. A non-dairy milk alternative, such as almond or coconut milk, is perfect for not only enjoying by itself, but also for adding to recipes and smoothies. Choose the unsweetened varieties to avoid unnecessary sugar in your diet.
  4. Sugar substitute. Whether it's to be added to coffee and tea or for baking, an all-natural sugar substitute, like xylitol, erythritol, stevia or Truvia, is the healthiest option to keep on hand for when your sweet tooth strikes. Avoid alternative sweeteners that come in tiny colorful packets, such as Sweet n Lo, Splenda and Equal.
  5. Natural nut butters. Enjoyed alone, as a yummy fruit dip, or even in baking, natural nut butters are so beneficial for your overall health. Like nuts and seeds, natural nut butters are healthy fats that taste good, fill you up and can help satisfy your sweet tooth. We recommend almond or cashew butter with no sugar added.
  6. Organic Free-Range Eggs. Known as the "perfect protein," eggs keep you full, provide you with a variety of nutrients and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Organic, free-range eggs are preferable, as the chickens who provide the eggs are not in a cage or coop, which means they are free to roam and not surrounded by other potentially sick chickens, and they are only fed organic, non-toxic foods.
  7. Hummus. A combination of chickpeas, tahini and fresh herbs and seasonings, hummus is the perfect addition to any diet. Used as a dip, a spread or even in recipes, hummus is a great choice because it offers protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
  8. Protein powder. Many relate protein powders to body builders and fitness competitors, however, protein powders are so versatile and so good for you that anyone can enjoy them. Protein is essential for your health and protein powders are low in carbohydrates and rich in antioxidants and therefore offer a host of health benefits. They can simply be added to a smoothie, mixed with water or almond milk or even in baking recipes. If you have a hard time eating or digesting enough protein throughout the day, a sugar-free powder, such as Pure Pea Protein, is an excellent solution.

Are these health foods on your weekly grocery list? Tell us which are your favorites in the comments section below.

 

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