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10 Staples to Help You Survive & Thrive this Holiday

written by Guest Blogger December 1, 2013

Oh, ya, the first real holiday-inspired blog post here on Live Lighter! I’m so happy to say it’s from our regular contributor and Flexitarian cookbook author, Bindu Grandhi. Check out these 10 ingredients to stock in your kitchen (and eat!) during the holiday season. 

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means ham, turkey, duck, beef and pork roasts are all a beloved part of holiday meals. While I’m all for splurging on occasion, it’s easy to lose sight of eating right this time of year or using energy drinks to power through the shops and crowds searching for that perfect gift.

The Flexitarian in me says try to monitor your meat intake, avoid those energy drinks and incorporate 10 staples into your eating plan. The following list of ten clean and simple foods comes from Sadie Lincoln, creator of the Barre3fitness program, which she shares with her clients.

“Focusing on whole foods that are high in fiber, lean protein, healthy fats like omega-3s, and lots of anti-aging antioxidants is an effortless way to stay slender¹,” says Sadie. I totally agree with her and would add that these ten foods not only help you stay trim but also energized.

Fiber Healthy Fats Lean Protein Antioxidants Great in
1. Almonds
Serving: 1oz
* * * Salads, yogurt, oatmeal, snack
2. Avocado
Serving: 1/2 avocado
* * * Smoothies, salads, guacamole
3. Black Beans
Serving: 1/2 cup
* * Soups, salads, fajitas
4. Broccoli
Serving: 1/2 cup
* * Soups, salads, side dishes
5. Dark Chocolate
Serving: 1 oz
* Healthier sweet-tooth fix
6. Kale
Serving: 1 cup
* * Soup, salads, side dishes
7. Olive Oil
Serving: 1 Tbsp
* Salad dressings & marinades
8. Salmon
Serving: 3.5 oz
* * Breakfast (smoked), lunch or dinner (baked, grilled or steamed)
9. Spinach
Serving: 1 cup
* * Soup, salads, side dishes
10. Walnuts
Serving: 1 oz
* * * *


Lately, my husband and I are into a morning or afternoon vegetable smoothie using many of the ingredients above.

This “pure” energy drink is a surefire way of reaping the nutritional benefits of these super foods. Try this recipe or create your own.

Happy Holidays!

Vegetable Smoothie

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Serves: 1 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 2 cups spinach or baby kale
  • ½ an avocado or ½ a banana
  • ½ cup preferred berries (e.g., blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a mix)
  • 1Tbsp walnuts, almonds or flax seeds
  • 1 ½ cups of spring water


Place ingredients into a blender and process till smooth. Add ice if you like.

¹“Eat Clean to Stay Slim,”Prevention.com; November 2013

About the Author:

Author of Spice Up Your Life, Bindu Grandhi is passionate about healthy and flavourful cooking, especially when it’s flexitarian. She shares her health knowledge with the world by providing practical, healthy and tasty recipes as The Flex Cook.

For more recipes which use many of these 10 staples, check out 119 Cleansing RecipesDo you have any recipes using these ingredients on hand to share?

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