Since summer is here, I've been trying to stick to a diet of whole foods. Mainly vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and very minimal meat. My body can survive off of less carbs due to my office job, little movement throughout the day, and the energy I receive from vegetables and fruits.

My overall feeling now is combatting certain cravings. Whether it be certain sugars like candy or ice cream, my late-night cravings tend to sneak up on me. I find it very helpful to keep a lot of fruit around so when I do crave sugar, I can quickly grab a mango or plum to swiftly fight the urge.

Below, I am going to list off six ingredients that I always keep around in the kitchen to help not only shed excess weight, but eat a lot smarter and feel healthier.

These ingredients are not only versatile, but will give you a boost of energy when needed most and also save you from digging into that late night pint of Ben and Jerry's or that glass of wine.

1.) Eggs

As you should know, eggs are a great source of protein and are extremely cheap and versatile. I generally cook them with some sort of vegetable for a snack or meal, or will hard boil them and throw them in my salads.

2.) Kale

I'll admit, I do not enjoy raw kale. Kale needs to be treated before eaten in my eyes. Kale is packed with so many vitamins and nutrients, and goes great with eggs, salads, or baked as crunchy kale chips. One of my favorite kale meals is taking an avocado and mashing it into a bunch of kale to create a salad. Add a little sea salt and a great dressing and you have yourself a perfectly healthy, filling meal.

3.) Fruit

This pick is a no brainer. I eat fruit with almost every meal. I start my day off with a smoothie, packed with blueberries, strawberries and banana. I always put fruit in my salads and any time I have an urge for sugar at night, I reach for my fruit basket. Fruits are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and provide a great boost of energy when needed.

4.) Almond Butter

This creamy treat is a great substitute for peanut butter and is extremely multifaceted. High in monosatured fats, calcium, potassium and manganese, I use almond butter on so many different foods. From my sprouted toast, to celery, apples and bananas, it serves as the ultimate healthy food paste that taste delicious.

5.) Avocados

Avocados are packed with nearly 20 nutrients, including B & E vitamins, fiber and potassium. Avocados act as a huge nutrient booster by allowing the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients. I eat avocados with almost all of my meals, and oocasionally will eat them by themselves with a sprinkle of sea salt. It is one cost-effective fruit that I always keep in the kitchen.

6.) Sparkling Water

Sparkling water comes in handy, especially when those late night cravings kick in. Whether you have the urge to pour a glass of wine, or a cocktail, keeping sparkling water around works wonders for me. I usually go with sparkling water that doesn't have additives; but rather natural flavoring.

Well, that concludes my list of items that I always keep around the kitchen to assist me in eating healthier and smarter, as well as lose weight. If you have any items you keep around the kitchen that aren't on this list, please share with us in the comments below!