10 PERFECT PANTRY FOODS #BIKINISERIES

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TONE IT UP PANTRY!

It’s almost BIKINI TIME! Now’s the time to make sure you have the right, body loving foods on hand! A lot of you have asked us what we stock up on when meal prepping for the week, so we’re sharing some of our staples below!Karena-Tone-It-Up-Bikini-Series-Journal

Consider this your #TIUMEALPREP Sunday check list. These are must-have foods every beach babe needs in her kitchen…

For those of you on the 8 Week Bikini Program Meal Plan, we send you your grocery + pantry list every week! It’s like we’re in your kitchen checking off the things you need with you :)

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1. CHIA SEEDS

Add this nutrient powerhouse to just about anything! From salads and smoothies to making easy chia seed pudding with just almond milk~ you’ll fall in love with the texture and benefits!

WHY: This high protein and fiber combo will ensure you stay full between meals. Plus, the omega 3 fatty acids contributes to glowing skin. For inspiration, check out some fave chia recipes below…

Banana Chia Breakfast Muffins

Lemon & Chia Superpower Pancakes

Pick Me Up Chia Pudding

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2. GRAPEFRUIT

WHY: Fresh fruit is filled with beautifying vitamins, enzymes and minerals and grapefruit happens to be our summertime staple. This ruby gem keeps you satisfied thanks to a flavonoid called naringin, because it helps normalize insulin levels. We love grabbing a grapefruit for a mid-morning snack!

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3. GREENS, BABY

Whatever you love and TONS of it! We keep spinach, kale & arugula, cucumber and brussels sprouts on hand and enjoy them abundantly.

WHY: Anti-inflammatory properties, essential vitamins & minerals along with detoxifying chlorophyll are just a few of the reasons to pile your plate high. The more greens, the better!

LEAN, CLEAN ‘N GREEN BABY! #TIUplan

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4. LEAN PROTEIN

WHY: Your beautiful body needs adequate amounts of protein to repair muscle, energize your body and give your system all the amino acids it needs for workout recovery. Protein plays an essential part in getting and staying lean, not to mention feeling energized and looking youthful! We love grilled chicken, shrimp, tempeh and a little tofu too. You can also combine nuts, seeds, grains and legumes for protein!! Mix things up everyday! Also, see Perfect Fit Protein below ~ our favorite plant based protein!

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5. PERFECT FIT PROTEIN

WHY: Protein is one of the most important nutrients for that summer body. It plays a key role in muscle repair and fat loss. It has a thermic effect on your body, regulates your metabolism and keeps your appetite in check. That’s quite a list of benefits! But not all protein is created equal. We created Perfect Fit Protein to give you clean, natural, easily digestible protein that tastes amazing. It’s great in smoothies, shakes, baked goods (as a flour substitute) and in raw food treats like bars and snack bites. From pancakes to breakfast bowls, find recipe inspiration HERE.

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6. GO NUTS!

WHY: Almonds, nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, protein, fiber and are great on-the-go! A small handful makes an easy snack if you’re at work, or running out the door.

Toasted and seasoned, they also add a tasty crunch to salads and help make them more filling too. This is your official green light to get nutty with walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds and more. Just be sure keep portion sizes in check. We recommend 1/4 cup of trail mix!

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7. CINNAMON

Every healthy kitchen starts with a well-stocked spice cabinet and cinnamon is an all time favorite. It’s great added to smoothies, mixed in with yogurt, in pancakes or baked goods.

WHY: Cinnamon has been shown to help with fat loss while helping stabilize blood sugar levels! It can also bring out the sweetness in foods without added sugar. Our favorite… the French Toast in the 8 Week Bikini Program with lots of cinnamon!

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8. QUINOA

WHY: This popular superfood gives your body a great combo of protein and fiber. Plus, it’s super versatile and incredibly delicious.

Add a bit of quinoa to salads or replace heavy starches with quinoa! If you’re looking to really shake things up, check out these 3 amazing ways to enjoy quinoa at breakfast!

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9. BANANAS

WHY: This potassium powerhouse is a must in a bombshell’s kitchen. Keep a few pre-sliced bananas in the freezer for smoothies (to up the creamy, dreamy factor!) and always be sure to have a few on hand for those morning pancakes!

Bananas also make a really great pre-workout snack if you need a little bit of fuel before an intense sweat session.

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10. DRESSING, DIPS & DRIZZLES

WHY: You’ll be enjoying tons of veggies in the next few weeks —we’re talking slow roasted Brussels sprouts, vibrant salads, fresh veggies and kale infusions! And we want you to savor, love and enjoy every single bite. The right dips and dressing will make that happen, so be sure you stock up. Hummus, almond butter, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, lemon and garlic for seasoning are a few staples you’ll want to have on hand.

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For our ultimate Meal Prep Guide, take a look at your new video VIDEO HERE!

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