7 Must-Have Foods According To Nutrition Experts

Our friends at Prescribe Nutrition share the everyday ingredients that they can't live without, and they're surprisingly simple and delicious.
Image Credit: Stella Blackmon

Image Credit: Stella Blackmon

We were curious to know what nutritionists really eat on an everyday basis, so we asked our friends at Prescribe Nutrition. They told us the seven things they keep in their fridges and cupboards at all times, and as it turns out, their favorite foods are nothing fancy or inaccessible. In fact, you probably stock most of these must-haves in your pantry, too.  

  1. Lemon water
    The PN team swears by a daily mug of warm water with one full, fresh-squeezed lemon. It's a simple, refreshing routine, and we've noticed all sorts of health benefits: brighter skin, improved digestion (aka regular bathroom trips) and more energy. One of our team members, Anna, has even given up her daily cup of coffee, thanks to this easy trick!

2. Eggs
Could there be any easier meal or snack? We don’t think so. Over-easy, fried in ghee, hard-boiled--any way of preparation feels and tastes a little different. Mix in some greens or roasted veggies, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, protein-rich meal.

3. Apples
We know, we know...you’ve all heard the expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But seriously, we feel a little "off" on days when we don’t have an apple as an afternoon snack! Especially paired with some nuts or nut butter, the crispy, crunchy fruit is the perfect pick-me-up.

4. Hummus
Hummus is another one of those very basic but incredibly versatile foods. We love eating our hummus by the spoonful, with fresh veggies, topped with sauerkraut, or as a spread in wraps or sandwiches -- we don’t put parameters on our hummus use.

5. Tuna
Another one of our last-minute meal ideas: drain a can of responsibly sourced tuna, mix in some olive oil, mayo, salt and pepper (plus diced onion, celery, minced jalapeno and lemon juice if you’re channelling Anthony Bourdain), et voila! We eat this tuna salad plain, in lettuce wraps, on gluten free toast, or with some classic corn chips. And speaking of corn chips...

6. Organic corn chips
Yes, we’re nutritionists, and yes, there are chips on our list. While we might not eat them daily, we certainly wouldn't want to live without them. They're perfect for accompanying our tuna salad or hummus, or paired with guacamole. Pro tip: when possible, we opt for organic, since corn is a big GMO crop. 

7. Coffee
We just went there! We love coffee. Like, we're kind of self-labeled coffee snobs. We prefer a delicious medium roast with a little almond milk or coconut milk. If we’re feeling really fancy, we’ll froth in some coconut oil, coconut cream or ghee. Mmm, mouth = watering. But too much coffee can cause a bit of internal craziness, so one cup a day is enough to suffice. 

There you have it! Seven foods we don’t want to live without. What's on your list?

p.s. Coffee snobs, unite--these five gorgeous creamers pair perfectly with your daily cup of joe.