It has been a while since I’ve posted a photo of the contents in my fridge. Here is my fridge this month… as you can see I am living by the golden rule of nutrition – LOTS OF COLOR!!!
(I know the photos aren’t great as some of you have mentioned to me… but I am in the process of getting a spankin’ new, fancy camera. You will absolutely know when I get it because the pictures will be SOOO much better!)
This month I am LOVING salads. The weather is getting warmer in NYC so salads are perfect for a light and refreshing meal.
Lately I’ve been keen on making a spring mix salad with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mini cooked shrimp, alfalfa sprouts, sliced white mushrooms, and a garnish of thinly sliced celery for crunch. In terms of dressing, I minimally use a balsamic vinaigrette or a ginger dressing. That’s usually my lunch . It’s got fiber, protein, and a whole lot of variety to make what is usually seen as a boring ol’ salad… exciting!
Sometimes if I am craving something a bit more hearty and filling, I make a 100% whole wheat sandwich with turkey and muenster cheese – my guilty pleasure.
I’ve got the usual stocked – almond milk, organic 1% milk, carrot sticks, celery sticks, hummus, eggs, tofu, filtered water, grapefruit juice, strawberries, tomatoes, swiss chard, tuna fish, sardines, Chobani yogurt, Chia seeds, and 70% dark chocolate. But, this month, I also have a lot of new arrivals in my fridge that I haven’t had in a while or haven’t had before. Collard greens is something new to me. I’ve always heard about its nutritional benefits but have never actually gone out to buy it. So my next post will be discussing collard greens… after I experiment on how to cook it .
Here’s a snapshot of my freezer this month. As you can see, I like to stock my fridge with lots of frozen fruits, vegetables, and fish. Frozen fruits – strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and mangoes – are all for my smoothies and for garnish in my plain yogurt. Sometimes on a really hot day like yesterday, I like to pop a frozen peach or a frozen raspberry in my mouth. Delish!
I love frozen okra. I try to buy fresh okra when I can, but if you have read about it in my previous post (see below for link to my okra post), fresh okra goes bad very easily. Frozen okra allows me to have okra ALWAYS handy! It’s already diced up so I can easily pour some into my steamer and voila, side dish of okra in 5 minutes without the hassle. I’ve also stocked my freezer with frozen brussel sprouts, frozen artichoke hearts, and my favorite vegetable mix – garlic green peas and mushrooms. I like to use this mix in making my special fried rice.
Finally, I have TONS of frozen fish stocked – wild salmon, halibut, and cod. Yes, I’m a crazy fish lady. I also have fresh flounder I bought from the fish market, but anything fresh can go bad quickly if you don’t eat it right away. So frozen fish allows me to have a healthy source of PROTEIN always available. Fish is always a part of my dinner when I cook at home . This allows me to eat whatever I want, meat included, when I go out. I also have frozen shrimp, another good source of protein and selenium and low in fat.
Hopefully I have mentioned something in this post to inspire you to stock your fridge with something new and nutritious this month!