I don’t know if I have ever shared the contents of my fridge with you, guys.:) Since I started Insanity, btw I’m finishing week 5 out of 9 (it will be a separate post soon because this craziness in my life deserves a whole chapter in a book of my life), I get asked a lot what I eat. Well, it’s the recipes you see here. I also try to post my snacks and recipe testings on Instagram. But then there is also food. Just food that I grab and go, and you could do the same. I think it’s fair to say we all are nosy and love to check out everyone’s fridge and pantry, right?! So, let’s see what’s in my fridge.
Before we begin though, I want to mention a few things:
- The pictures of the fridge are real and are not staged.
- My fridge always looks like this and I wanted to share my real fridge. Food varies from week to week but most of the time it stays the same.
- The stores I shop at are Costco, Trader Joe’s and my local farm market type of grocery store.
- I buy only organic meat, dairy, eggs, leafy greens, coffee, bananas, nut butters. If budget allows other fruits and vegetables as well. Condiments and everything else organic as much as I can afford. I would say 70% of my food is organic.
- It’s real life and sometimes I have to choose the best what’s available. You might see me occasionally get non-organic Romaine lettuce but you will never see a box of Cheerios or salami in my fridge. That’s the difference.
- I am also half and half on full and low fat dairy products – I’m not scared of full fat dairy but it’s hard to find it organic. Trust me! So I have to buy what’s best and many times low fat dairy doesn’t contain preservatives or additives.
I hope an insider’s view of my fridge will help your family on your journey to clean eating and healthy living!
1. Main Fridge – Right Half.
- Peanut butter and tahini – for toasts, hummus, spreading on apples, eating by the spoon (I do that).
- Leftover Turkey Meatball Soup and Quinoa and Broccoli Egg Muffins – I love leftovers – they keep my healthy eating in check. I usually use these glass storage containers but all of them were full.
- Hot banana peppers and organic mayo – for adding flavour sometimes. I noticed I barely use mayo nowadays. That jar is almost full and at least 6 months old. Garbage?!
- Dairy – yogurt (I normally buy Greek low fat but the store was out), egg whites and cottage cheese. I eat a lot now since my work outs are intense, therefore need protein to keep me full and grow muscle.
- Spinach and kale – mostly for making our daily green smoothies like this one and this one. Swiss chard becomes Spicy Coconut Swiss Chard. And American garlic – I stopped buying garlic from China (most of it is grown there), so I stock up on local garlic whenever I see it. Hey, I’m Ukrainian, we eat garlic like Mexicans eat cilantro.:)
2. Main Fridge – Left Half.
- Flavoured yogurt for the kids – organic from Trader Joe’s.
- Dave’s Killer Bread – our favourite sprouted bread (keep in the fridge, gets spoiled fast). We also like Silver Jills and Ezekiel by Food for Life.
- Vegetables – cut up vegetables for kids, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, Romero peppers.
- Leftovers – baked sweet potatoes, Baked Cajun Chicken, cooked quinoa (in a pot).
- Almond Joy Protein Balls (white container) – recipe coming shortly.
3. Deli Drawer – I really am not a deli shopper as I consider deli meats processed food. All of it, sorry. Once in a blue moon I get organic turkey breast. That’s it.
- Cheese – mostly for kids, light cheese strings for me, feta cheese for salads, cream cheese for kids’ breakfast.
- Sprouted Tortillas – the best tortillas ever!!!
- Tempeh for protein – I’m still figuring out a yummy way to cook it.
- Tofu – for “Scrambled Eggs” mostly.
- Organic butter and Earth Balance – kids like it, me and Alex are more of a coconut oil people.
4. Fridge Doors – my pride and joy because we cut out a lot of processed condiments. Yay!!!
- Flax Seeds – great for baking and smoothies.
- Sriracha – not making my own yet. It’s nice to add a bit of a heat kick to any plain meal.
- Milk – cow’s for kids and my coffee, almond for mine and Alex’s cereal and smoothies, soy for smoothies (sometimes). All organic, non-negotiable.
- Wine – for cooking.
- Green smoothie to go – always have at least 1 on hand. I make them every day and refrigerate.
- Condiments – liquid smoke (great for Pulled Pork), tamari sauce (instead of soy sauce), tabasco (2 kinds), mustard, ketchup, fish sauce, Buffalo RedHot Sauce, jerk seasoning, orange vinegar and Thai sweet sauce (that’s Alex’s baby).
5. Vegetable Drawers.
- Kale, celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, lemons, herbs, onions, eggplant, green and red cabbage.
6. Fruit – I keep all my fruit on a counter for easy reach for kids. They love fruit and it doesn’t really have to be refrigerated in our house – we eat it fast.
7. Freezer – this is the bottom freezer section of the fridge. We also have a deep freezer that contains a lot of chicken, venison my mom ships us and wild salmon that Alex catches.
- Mango, berry mix, tropical mix – for smoothies, protein shakes and snack.
- Vegetables – peas and corn.
- Cooked beans – for hummus, chili, soup, salads and anything. I recently posted on Instagram a quick tutorial how to cook and store your own beans and stop buying canned beans. Healthier and 3 times cheaper!
- Chicken breasts.
- Treats – Protein Peanut Butter Cups, Hemp Cherry Energy Bites and Fudge.
- Ground turkey.
- Sprouted bread.
- Organic chicken sausage – emergency for kids’ meals.
- Ice cream – I’m not proud of this one. The store we went to didn’t have organic ice cream. I gave in and let kids have cr@p. Last time, I promised to myself after getting home and reading the ingredients list. It was Friday night and I was tired. Yep, it’s real life – welcome!
So, really that’s my fridge. I feel blessed to be able to eat all this delicious and fresh food. Do you have any suggestions on food I should try? What clean food do you buy?
Maybe next time we should look into my pantry, what do you think? Have a blessed Easter weekend!!!