I usually recommend choosing whole, fresh foods as much as possible, but not all packaged foods are created equal. Certain packaged foods are nourishing, delicious, and make life easier!
Bone broth: I typically don't roast my own whole chickens (I love picking up a pre-roasted free-from PC chicken from Superstore, and using it in soups, taco bowls, casseroles, etc.), which means I also don't make my own bone broth. The good news is that Farm Boy sells packaged bone broth that is easy, delicious and has all the health benefits of homemade! Bone broth is an excellent source of collagen (the most prominent structural protein in our bodies, but starts to deteriorate at the age of 25 - tear), which contributes to gut and joint health, and improves the look of skin, hair and nails. I like this brand, and Farm Boy also makes their own.
Chickpea pasta: I love this as an alternative to wheat pasta for a few reasons: 1: it's gluten-free - most people are gluten sensitive, which means eating wheat/barley/rye and some packaged foods containing gluten can cause symptoms like bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog, and headaches. I always encourage clients to add gluten-free foods to their diet, and see how they feel! 2. It's also a source of protein meaning you can make easy, delicious vegetarian pasta recipes! I love meat, but skipping it just makes weekday meals easier. 3. It tastes like regular pasta, and my kids love it - bonus! Available at Costco or any major grocery store.
Egg wraps: I've been making my own lately - simply whisk 4 eggs with salt, and pan-fry for a minute on each side. But, if you're in a pinch I love the Crepini egg wraps from Costco as an alternative to wheat/grain wraps - again gluten-free, source of protein, and a vehicle for delicious wrap ingredients like tuna or salmon salad, chicken salad, avocado/tomato/lettuce...I could go on.
Macadamia nut milk: I love this brand because it has no added nasties (ie. carrageenan) or sugar, it tastes great, and is raw! I love mixing it with plain Greek yogurt to make chia pudding! It's available in a case of 6 at Costco.
Collagen protein powder: I love adding a scoop or two to my morning coffee or smoothie. It's important to get collagen from a variety of sources, and this can double as your protein powder! This is available at Costco, through the Organika website, Amazon or Well.ca
Tuna: I like to have canned tuna or salmon once per week. I mix it with hummus and a bit of mayo, and have it with chopped celery on top of a big green salad. I love the Rio Mare brand because it's packed in olive oil, which is one of the best essential fatty acids to include in your diet! You can get it at Costco, or any major grocery store.
Cauliflower crust pizza: I LOVE PIZZA. It's one of my favourite foods, but it doesn't always love me back. We do delivery every couple weeks, but I usually feel bloated and yucky the next day. When I want to give my body a break, this cauliflower crust pizza kit from Costco is a great alternative. I love adding feta, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and arugula. Pizza Pizza also makes a good cauliflower crust pizza if you're in a pinch.
Canned fish: salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel are some of the best fish sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. They're called essential because our body doesn't make them, which means we need to get them from our diet. Getting enough healthy fats is so important for brain health, heart health, gut health, and improves the look of our skin, hair and nails. These are some great brands to try from Farm Boy. I like mixing the fish with avocado and having it in the egg wrap or on top of a salad with almond crackers - mmmm.
Almond crackers: if you're craving something salty and crunchy, these almond crackers from Simple Mills (available at Costco) are a great choice - gluten-free, and made with almond flour - another awesome essential fatty acid. They make a great carrier for almond butter, brie, guacamole or canned sardines. Enjoy!