What's in my fridge? The more important question is... What's in your fridge? Do you keep things hanging around that tempt you each and every time you open your fridge or pantry? Is it food that leaves you unsatisfied...only wanting more? Or...is it filled with healthy, nutritious ingredients that satiate you? I heard the Whole30 Challenge would get me more organized...it has. I feel like I shop and cook more efficiently than ever before. I've cleaned out all the junk (so it's a little empty) but now, when we open our organized fridge and pantry it's filled with all this amazing, nutritious, delicious food we get to eat!
So, what's in my fridge? I'm going to give you a list of what I like to keep on hand at all times...
- Eggs, lots of eggs... I used to buy a dozen at a time, that doesn't cut it anymore. I have 31 eggs in my fridge right now.
- Hard boiled eggs... Great for an on-the-go breakfast or snack, salads, deviled eggs. I only have 1 in my fridge right now, so I know what I will be doing with some of the above;)
- Coconut Milk... Not the carton. The canned, real, unsweetened kind. I pour it into a glass jar with a pour spout and glass lid that holds 1 can perfectly. We use it in coffee and pour on berries or a banana as a snack. (Crate & Barrel is where I got the jar...I love it;)
- Ghee... great alternative for butter, for cooking
- Lots of veggies in the fridge, crisper & pantry...right now I have greens, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, scallions, beets (I like getting the "I Love Beets" at Costco, so easy), cilantro, parsley, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and sweet peppers. I like having spaghetti squash, asparagus, artichokes and cauliflower also.
- A cooked stew or chili. I don't have either in my fridge right now, I'm making chili tomorrow;) So great to have one of these you can heat up...they just get better as they sit. You can make double and freeze half.
- A prepared, ready to eat salad. I like having a grain-free Tabbouleh or a Tuscan Kale salad ready to go...
- A cooked meat. Right now I have a shredded Italian Pork Roast to eat off of this week.
- A Rotisserie chicken. I just make sure it's an organic, good quality one...these are great to keep in the fridge as "go-to" protein. Or I'll cook chicken thighs to have on hand.
- Bacon...nitrate free, high quality bacon (sugar free is best if you can find it.)
- I'm making fish soon, so I have 2 Petrale Sole fillets I'm going to dip in egg and roll in almond flour and fry in coconut oil;) I packaged the rest separately and put them in the freezer.
- Berries... right now i have strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. I also have bananas and berries in the freezer.
- Citrus fruits...lemons and limes.
- A homemade cooked soup.
- Ground meat...good quality beef, elk or venison...for burger patties. My freezer in the garage is stocked;)
- Kombucha drinks and sparkling water.
- Homemade Mayonnaise.
- Other condiments: mustard (I don't like it, but my husband does), hot sauce (sugar-free), coconut aminos (a healthy replacement for soy sauce), Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar (for mayo), olives, sauerkraut and homemade salsa.
- See that empty spot in my fridge above the eggs? A bottle of chilled Champagne usually lives there;) After the Whole30, that'll be back...a girl's gotta have some fun, and an occasional glass of bubbly makes me happy. That's the beauty of the Whole30...after the 30 days they teach you how to choose things that may not be as healthy wisely. It's a Whole30...not a Whole365;)
It's also good to organize your pantry to have healthy snacks that are eye level and readily available.
We honestly don't snack much these days because our meals are much more satisfying. Nutritious food doesn't leave you wanting more, where unhealthy foods that lack nutrition have "no brakes". Ever eat something and feel like you could eat the whole box...or bag? 'Nuf said.
With that said, I always have raw nuts or Whole30 approved bars available in a pinch. (The only bars I get now are RxBars which have 12g protein from egg whites, and Lara Bars which have simple ingredients, but lower protein. As you can see, "Stella's" snacks are ready too;) Canned foods that I do keep on hand are diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tuna or chicken in water or olive oil, coconut milk and some pure pumpkin. I also keep chicken broth and beef broth's for soups and such.
As far as my oils and baking items, etc... I always keep:
- Coconut Oil... I go through a lot of this. I also use Coconut Oil Spray.
- Almond Butter... unsweetened from raw almonds.
- Almond flour... I add to burgers, heathy baking, and use it as I would bread crumbs.
- Coconut Flour... when I'm not on the Whole30, because I'm not baking "paleo-friendly" treats while on it.
- Raw honey... not Whole30 approved.
- Grade B Maple syrup... not Whole30 approved.
I also now am the proud owner of many spices. They add so much flavor to my life!
The things I don't keep around anymore... unhealthy oils, milk, bread, sugar, regular flour, yogurt, cheese, beans, rice, pasta, oatmeal, most "packaged foods", just to name a few. They are honestly just bad news. I also read labels, the ingredients only. Not calories, fat, etc... what matters is the ingredients. If it has a lot of junk and sugar in it, I just don't buy it. Period.
I encourage you to clean out your fridge from junk food. It will probably be empty when you're done! That's okay! Restock it with foods that will heal your body and make it healthier, not unhealthier. I used to think I was eating healthy. I wasn't. If you really want to clean up your body, clean up your fridge!
Are you ready to make a positive change in your life...for the rest of your life? Are you sick and tired of dieting...and "yo-yo-ing"? Are you ready to learn how to stop depriving yourself and eat your ass off?? I have your answer in 3 steps:
- Read "It Starts With Food".
- Do the Whole30 Challenge.
- Take what you've learned, remember how your body feels, make smart choices for your body....and just eat!
You can make excuses... or make a change. The choice is yours;)
Still not convinced? Check out 30 Reasons to Whole30!
For more information on the Whole30 Program, visit whole30.com