What have you got going on in your fridge?
Hands down, having an organized kitchen with lots of fresh produce is the one basic foundation which will help to transform your diet. Today I’m giving you a unique sneak peek into my kitchen, what I stock up with regularly and what I love to keep on hand to make my life easier!
Heads up! My fridge is normally a little more stocked than this. I took this photo mid-week by which time I had used up a fair amount of fresh veggies for juices and meals.
So here we go…take a peek inside my fridge
Lemons, limes, oranges – I use lemons with almost everything. I love them. They are a daily staple for me from using them for hot water and lemon, adding to my juices and using for salad dressings as I normally use an acidic element.FYI – although lemons and limes are acidic fruit, they actually have an alkalizing effect on the body. (read this: 2 secrets to making a kickass salad dressing). I normally have an orange, carrot, ginger, apple and lemon juice in the mornings so having oranges on hand is always important for me.
Greens: I always like to have as many greens on hand as possible depending on season of course. Kale (cavalo nero), collard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, basil, coriander and my favourite salad leaf, rocket are normally what you’ll find.
Nuts and seeds: ‘They’ say you should freeze your nuts to preserve them and prevent them going rancid. I simply don’t have the freezer space so I tend to rotate my nuts in my fridge and keep as many in there as possible and switching over as and when. I’m really not super strict about documenting when I change them over so don’ get caught up in the small details!
Nut butter: I tend to use Almond butter over other nut butters but on occasion if I’m making something special that requires a pecan or cashew nut butter, then I’ll buy what I need and keep the rest in the fridge. I use almond butter as a snack on celery sticks with raisins sprinkled over or in my Chocolate Nut Butter Cup recipe or my brother’s favourite recipe, Fudge Bombs!
Veggies: I like to keep courgettes on hand for quick and easy noodles, red and yellow peppers, white cabbage, broccoli, celery, beetroot and cucumber.
Fruit: I always have apples on hand to sweeten up my juices and as they’re low GI and have little effect on the bloodsugar which is always something I’m careful with thanks to what we know about the effects of inflammation. I like to have plenty of avocados, kiwi fruit, berries and pineapple.
Superfoods: I keep most of my superfoods in the cupboard but some do need to be preserved in the fridge like Bee pollen and maybe hemp seeds (?) (yes I’m naughty, I keep my hempseeds in the cupboard so I guess it comes down to personal choice and space!) I like to add One Nutrition Power Greens to my smoothies as that’s a great blend of spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, barleygrass and a brassica blend. I also have some Blue Manna supplements which I like to take when I need to focus my brain and stay on point, which is kind of like everyday!
Supplements: I keep my supplements in a separate cupboard but ensure my digestive enzymes and probiotics are kept in the fridge as this is imperative to their potency and lifespan.
Kombucha; I don’t drink a lot of Kombucha but I like to have some every time I fancy something a bit fizzy or that feels ‘naughty’. Kombucha is a naturally fermented drink which helps to improve and restore gut bacteria like probiotics do. I also like to make my own from time to time.
Coconut water; The range of coconut water in my fridge is ever –changing as there are so many great companies out there right now delivering really high quality products. This week I am using Jax Coco.
Chocolate! I have to say I used to have a huge sweet tooth, but since changing my diet, consuming more high vibrational foods and eating more greens, I really don’t crave sweet foods like I once did. I occasionally will snack on a piece of raw chocolate after my dinner but it’s quite rare and most definitely not something I make a frequent habit of.
This is my cupboard of tricks! In here I keep my superfoods and nearly everything else I use regularly. In this and one other cupboard which isn’t worth photographing, I keep:
Psyllium Husks; I don’t use these very often but it does come in handy for some recipes
Raspberry powder: I bought freeze-dried raspberry powder for a specific recipe I was making at it enhances the recipe and is easy to store.
Beetroot powder: I made this by dehydrating some raw slices of beetroot and whizzing it up in a coffee grinder. It doesn’t have much taste but I find it useful for when I want to enhance the colour of something to more red or pink!
I only have a small freezer in which I keep Genius Gluten Free bread and Ezekiel bread, homemade raw chocolates and homemade nuts/seed breakfast bars. Bags of frozen bananas, bags of frozen cherries and berries and chopped tropical fruit that make the perfect smoothie. I also keep my liquid E3 Live which I add to make smoothies.
So, what do you like to keep on hand to keep you ticking over on the healthy highway? Tell me in the comments below. I hope this post has been useful for you