What’s In My Fridge? a.k.a. Fridge Goals Defined (& Why Your Health Is Your Wealth & Your Best Investment)

What’s In My Fridge? a.k.a. Fridge Goals Defined (& Why Your Health Is Your Wealth  & Your Best Investment)

After a successful day of grocery shopping, this is what our fridge looks like!

Is this not FRIDGE GOALS?!

Before I get into some of the essentials that we like to have on hand at all times (& you can see more of my go-to grocery list HERE if you need some inspiration: Kelly In The Kitch’s Typical Grocery List a.k.a. My-Fave-Time-Of-The-Week! (No Shame!)),  I just want to go on a short little rant (SWEAR)!

I know, grocery shopping, especially when you’re going for the healthier alternatives, can get HELLA EXPENSIVE. And with the winter months creeping up on us, certain types of produce tends to get EVEN MORE expensive because it’s just not the season for it here in Montreal anymore! Trust me, I KNOW, it ain’t fun & it certainly ain’t easy.

BUT, committing to a healthy & balanced diet is one of the smartest decisions you will ever make. Not only will clean eating make you feel better, but it is also a LONG-TERM investment (No, the food won’t last super long, BUT THE BENEFITS YOU ARE REAPING FOR YOUR HEALTH WILL).

My loves, your health is is your WEALTH.

It’s PRICELESS & it really is your BEST & most worthwhile investment, so what better way than to invest in nutritious, wholesome foods to sustain, nourish & care for your body?

Knowing what’s considered “healthy” can be a challenge, especially if you’re someone who is just starting out & stepping on the “adopting a healthier lifestyle” bandwagon. So, if you need some inspiration on how & where to get started, following a healthy balanced diet includes:

choosing lean meats, plant-based protein, eggs, fruits & veggies, whole grains & some dairy products. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance & to nourish your body with a variety of vitamins & minerals & in order to do so, you gotta change up your nutrition every now & then!

NOW, EATING WELL ALSO MEANS LIMITING CONSUMPTION OF CERTAIN FOODS, such as those high in added/refined sugar, refined flours & grains, sodas & sweetened fruit juices, saturated/trans fats & sodium & processed/packaged foods! Unfortunately, this stuff is usually CHEAPER than the HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES, but, trust me when I tell you that it’s worth it to go the extra mile, to spend that extra buck & invest in the good stuff.

YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU & LOVE YOU FOR IT.

For a little bit of inspiration, I figured it would be a good idea to share with you some of our weekly fridge staples & basics! Obviously, this changes from week to week based on what’s available at the grocery store, what we’re in the mood for, seasonal changes & prices!

(NO, I will not buy a cauliflower when it’s priceD at $6.99…). 

Some of our fridge staples include:

  • Unsweetened almond milk/homemade plant-based milks (cashew/almond). For all the deets on how to make your own homemade almond milk, click here: Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Milk a.k.a. Oh-Really?-Store-Bought-Almond-Milk-Still-Exists?-No-Thanks!

  • GT’s Gingerade & Lemon Kombucha!

  • Lots of leafy greens, such as kale, spinach & arugula.

  • Chicken breast/ground chicken.

  • Organic goat cheese.

  • Aux Vivres smoked tempeh.

  • Tons of fruit, such as kiwis, grapes, nectarines, apples, asian pears, berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & blackberries), oranges, avocado, plums, peaches, mangoes etc.

  • Tons of veggies, such as zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, celery, tomatoes, eggplant, celery, bell peppers, lemon, asparagus, garlic & cucumbers.

  • fresh herbs, such as cilantro, parsley & mint.

  • Fresh turmeric & ginger.

  • Cruciferous veggies, such as cauliflower, Brussels & broccoli.

  • Eggs.

  • Organic cottage cheese.

  • Udo’s Choice Daily Probiotic Supplement (Not all probiotics need to be refrigerated. Read your labels. BUT, some probiotic bacteria are naturally sensitive to heat & moisture. Heat can kill organisms & moisture can activate them within pills, only to die due to lack of nutrients & a proper environment. This is why the products should ideally be refrigerated, if your label says so, as well as, kept out of humidity. Some probiotics contain freeze-dried organisms & are packaged in such a way that prevents moisture & may not need refrigeration or to be kept out of humidity. BUT, AS A GENERAL RULE: probiotics should not be exposed to heat above room temperature).

  • Ezekiel toast (we ADORE it SO MUCH that we’ve got 2!).

  • Greek yogurt.

  • Raw Dijon mustard (We have been loving the one by Maison Orphée).

  • Some Rivieria dairy-milk for dad (Haven’t got him on the plant-based milk bandwagon JUST YET!).

  • HOPE FOODS organic hummus (My fave one is the kale one!).

  • Maranatha raw almond butter (or some other nut butter by Artisana, Kirkland brand or MY HOMEMADE VERSION. Here’s the recipe: Homemade Creamy Silky Smooth Vanilla Cinnamon Raw Almond Butter a.k.a. I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought!Homemade Creamy Silky Smooth Vanilla Cinnamon Raw Almond Butter a.k.a. I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought!

  • Bandito’s Organics (or Simply Natural) organic salsa.

I know, this probably seems a bit overwhelming & it definitely will seem like a lot if it’s something you’re not used to!

But, when you eat healthy, THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! Produce goes fast & you eat a heck of a lot of it.

BUT TRUST ME, THE INVESTMENT IS SO WORTH IT.

You cannot put a price or a label on your HEALTH.

P.S. Who else feels like their life is in order when the fridge is well-stocked?

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