The ideal “weight loss pantry’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge (or pantry) if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Peanut butter

Peanut butter is a bit of a polarizing food. Most people love (or at least like) peanut butter, but there are those who really don’t – or they have a severe peanut allergy! If you’re one of those people, just ignore this article. You don’t HAVE TO eat peanut butter to lose weight.

But for the rest (including myself!), having a tub of sugar-free, no-salt-added peanut butter in the house can be a life-saver. When you feel you need a meal on the go, or a little snack, peanut butter is your best friend.

For a meal, a rice cake or two with some peanut butter and sliced banana on top is a lovely, healthy option. As a snack you can enjoy peanut butter spread onto apple slices, or just in a spoon.

You can also add it to a fruit smoothie or some oats for breakfast.

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My favourite healthy peanut butter – Black Cat with no added sugar or salt

All you have to remember is that peanut butter is calorie DENSE

One tablespoon is around 100 calories. So you want to control the quantity of peanut butter that you are eating reasonably strictly.

As long as you’ve got that under control, then you’re good to go.

Find out what other items you should be keeping in your “weight loss fridge/pantry” below: