As we navigate the ups and downs of this roller coaster called life, no matter how prepared we are, we can sometimes find ourselves veering off course. Even the strongest, most tenacious of us need a little help steering the wheel every now and then. It's why we seek out the career and life advice from our favorite successful women—and mimic their morning and nightly routines (for example, Katherine Power, our co-founder and CEO of Clique Media Group, never hits the snooze button).
One area of our lives that's always worthy of an overhaul is our health. For this, we look to "fitspirational" figureheads who not only make wellness a priority but a daily habit. Ahead, five insanely fit female leaders (and successful business women) share the healthy foods they always keep in their pantries. Get ready to fill your Amazon cart.
Pip Edwards, Founder of P.E. Nation
Australian designer Pip Edwards makes being fit look desirable. Known for her elegant tomboy style with a '90s street twist, Edwards recently fused her passion for fitness with fashion to launch her own activewear line, P.E. Nation with friend Claire Tregoning. The dynamic duo has already carved a niche in the industry with their cool-girl line of athleisure and active-driven apparel.
"I always have popcorn kernels. I have my own popcorn maker, so I like to make my own at home. It's super easy, healthy, and tasty, and my son loves it too," Edwards tells us.
"Quick and easy, perfect for life on the run. It's a healthy snack to tie you over those 3 p.m. sugar cravings, not to mention that it's super tasty," Edwards says.
"I'm such a Vegemite kid, and I have far too many jars in the pantry. I've grown up on it, and I can't live without it. Vegemite and cheese on crackers is my ultimate favorite," Edwards says.
Annie Lawless, Founder of Blawnde
"Practically a calorie-, sugar-, and fat-free food, Dijon mustard is a wonderful flavor enhancer. It's a great creamy and thick replacement for high-calorie cream and mayonnaise," Lawless says. "Use it instead of these in dressings, sauces, dips, and marinades."
"Not only is olive oil delicious, it's also a sugar- and sodium-free salad dressing and cooking aid. It's packed with health benefits," Lawless says. "Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats that have been shown to promote brain and heart health."
"This is a very quick and easy source of high-quality protein. It's also great to keep in stock for those days when you're low on fresh foods," Lawless says. "It's rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote healthy brain chemistry, blood vessel function, and low blood pressure. I love mixing it with a little avocado, Dijon mustard, and tamari for a mayo-free tuna salad topper or snack."
"Ground garlic is a great way to flavor food without added calories, sugar, or fat. The ground version isn't as strong as raw garlic, so it melts into dishes easily and is the perfect salad topper or fish seasoning," Lawless says.
"This gluten-free soy sauce is made from fermented miso and can help give foods a big depth of flavor, while also aiding with digestion. Because of its savory, salty flavor, it can replace salt and oil in many dishes, and it is a great base for a multitude of dressings, dips, and marinades with minimal calories," Lawless says.
Katie Warner Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon38
"We're just looking at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the microbiome and gut health. So while I wait for the research to come in, I shoot one of these puppies daily," Warner Johnson says.
"I probably don't have to rehash all the health benefits of green tea, but I did read somewhere that you lose 50% more weight if you drink three cups of green tea a day. So the pot boils constantly in my household," Warner Johnson says.
"I drizzle this on yogurt and ice cream, even salmon, stir into smoothies, soups, and pies, and from time to time, I slather it on my face, because why not? I don't move without good raw honey (with all the bee pollen mixed in) within my vicinity," Warner Johnson says.
"My goal is to live forever and look hot while I'm at it." Warner Johnson tells us. "So if Elle Macpherson tells you to do something, you do it. I drink this in the morning and at night, mixed with water or tucked into various blended things."
"I have Crohn's disease, and this was the first thing my gastroenterologist prescribed. So turmeric gets folded generously into most recipes. I have even baked a cake with this magic powder, which makes for a good excuse to indulge in dessert," Warner Johnson says.
Lauren Kleban, Founder of Lekfit
If powerhouse had a name, it would be Lauren Kleban. She is the incredibly fit and fierce owner and creator of LEKFit, a dance-based HIIT workout with a private studio located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles—our co-founder Hillary Kerr is a major fan. When she's not dancing up a storm with her clients, Lauren is a mom to two young children. Talk about impressive.
"Protein is key since I work out for a living, and almond butter is an easy go-to snack in-between clients or running my kids around. I eat almond butter with apples and add it to smoothies, and my absolute favorite—gluten-free toast topped with almond butter and goat cheese. Almond butter is low in sugar, packed with protein, and a good fat," Kleban says.
"I always have coconut flour on hand for all of my baking needs. My kids are really into making pancakes from scratch right now, and this is a perfect gluten-free alternative," Kleban shares.
"Cayenne pepper is great for digestion, boosting metabolism, and detoxication. I have room-temperature water with fresh lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper every morning," Kleban says.
"I have a total sweet tooth, and these stevia-sweetened chocolate chips completely satisfy my cravings. They are so good my kids can't even tell the difference," Kleban says.
"Quinoa with steamed vegetables and salmon or chicken is my go-to dinner. Try making it with vegetable broth instead of water for better taste and texture," Kleban says.
Lindsey Calla, Founder of Calla in Motion
When it comes to inspiring women, it doesn't come much closer than Lindsay Calla of Calla in Motion. After tragedy struck the elite athlete (she injured her knee on the lacrosse field with an ACL tear), Calla turned to yoga, and it changed her life. Now her motivational website inspires legions of women to incorporate fitness, well-being, and travel into their lives.
"This is technically in my fridge, but I try not to go a day without probiotics, and that's what I love about this brand. It has probiotics and other amazing ingredients that benefit your skin. I usually put it in my smoothies, but I also will just put some in water; it tastes like berries," Calla tells us.
"I love this protein powder because of the steps they take to insure that everything is certified organic. I personally find whey protein better than plant protein when it comes to building and maintaining muscle, so it's nice to have an option that not only tastes really good but also considers true health and wellness aspects in the formulation," Calla says.
"I'm a sucker for lavender honey," Calla says. "We always swing by the Los Poblanos Farm on the way up to Colorado to pick up some lavender goodies. They grow organic lavender right there on their farm in New Mexico. I love that it's small batch, and I usually put it in my morning tea."
"I picked this up when I was in L.A. recently to add to my smoothies," Calla says. "I've been studying Ayurveda, and this is a really popular herb in Ayurvedic healing. It's very helpful with stress and anxiety as well as boosting the immune system. You can also add it to hot milk at night to calm nerves."
"Obviously, I'm a sucker for chocolate. This is cool because Kakawa takes inspiration from ancient Mesoamerican recipes. It's full of spices and herbs, and has quite a kick, so I'll usually swirl some in some hot water to make the elixir when I'm feeling like I need a boost. Aztec warriors would drink this before battle or for special ceremonies. It's nice to have something with some roots and continue the tradition, and it's full of goodness from the cacao, nuts, and herbs included in the recipe," Calla says.
Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, Founders of Tone It Up
When it comes to healthy women we seriously admire, Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott are at the top of our list. The powerhouse duo transformed the health and wellness scene with their online community, Tone It Up. From fitness to diet, these women truly practice and live what they preach—you should try their simple stress-busting moves.
"This potassium powerhouse is a must in any bombshell's kitchen. Keep a few presliced 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," Dawn and Scott say.
"Go nuts. Why? Almonds, nuts, and seeds contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber, and they 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," Dawn and Scott say.
"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," Dawn and Scott say.
"Protein is one of the most important nutrients," Dawn and Scott say. "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."
What are the top health food staples in your pantry? Are there any on this list that you want to try?