The contents in your fridge can tell people a lot about who you are – it is a window into your dietary personality. Say you have a visitor who has the comfort level to see the inside of your fridge – maybe a guy you are dating or a relative who is visiting – you want to be prepared.
As New Yorkers, or more specifically, “Manhattanites”, we tend to eat out … a lot. The quality of restaurants in Manhattan are pretty top-notch. Manhattanites have finicky palates trained to detect tasty morsels and have no qualms about bragging to our friends and coworkers where our date or husbands took us to have a delectable meal over the weekend. In order to survive in the Big Apple, food has got to be good or your business is going to fail. Manhattan is small and word gets around.
Manhattan apartments are also just way too small to cook meals without having it stink up our clothes. Most of us live in studios or small one bedrooms. For those who have roommates, it’s just too tiring after a long day of work and working out to have to come home and cook for everyone, since you can’t just cook for yourself without seeming selfish. And who wants to wash dishes? Finally, after being cooped up in an office cubicle on the 40th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper, most of us don’t want to come home and be surrounded by another four walls – especially when your bed, couch, and kitchen are all within the same four walls. Usually the fridge has more empty space than our closets! With that said, everyone in New York eats out.
But eating out all the time can be dangerous to your waistline. You don’t know exactly how much butter or cheese the sous chef may have put into your dinner. And portion control goes out the window. Making sure you have a stocked fridge will not only help you stay skinny by always knowing what you will be eating and limiting your urge to grab a slice of pizza on the way home from the gym. It can also help you not look like a perpetual bachelorette who doesn’t cook nor a crazy pet lady who just grocery shops for her beloved pets.
Going forward, I will periodically post pictures of my stocked refrigerator as a precursor of posts to follow based on the items in my fridge. Today’s post includes items that I am currently loving – coconut water, fat-free plain yogurt, dark chocolate, whole wheat mini bagels, brussel sprouts, apples, and beets to name a few. As we all know, we need a change sometimes so down the road, I will have different healthy items in my fridge to discuss. Also, depending on what is seasonal or available locally and what the current prices are, items will rotate in my fridge.
In the meantime, I am happy to share a January 2012 snapshot of my fridge with you, so feel free to look around!