Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What is in my CLEAN kitchen?

So, I just got home from vacation and I had to hit the store for some groceries!  I had nothing in my fridge - clean food has a short shelf life and I was gone for an entire week so things were looking pretty bleak!  I hit the local Whole Foods with my daughter Taylor and restocked our kitchen accordingly!

Clean Eating Fridge Basics:  What do you find in my fridge at ALL times?  Here is a list of things I just love and always have on hand!

Egg Whites
Omega Three Whole Eggs
Fat Free Skim Milk
Almond Milk
Non-Fat Organic Greek Yogurt
Chicken Breasts
Tilapia
Extra Firm Organic Tofu
Ground Turkey
Olive oil-based margarine
No-sugar-added organic grape jelly
Fresh fruit - whatever is in season or sounds good - right now I have pears, cutie oranges, honey crisp apples, grapefruit, lemons and blueberries (all organic)
Fresh Veggies - again in season but I always have carrots, snap peas, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, celery, green pepper
Ground Flax Seed (refrigerate after opening - I use in my protein smoothies and in baking)
Chia Seeds (refrigerate after opening - I use in my protein smoothies and in baking)
Hemp Protein Powder (refrigerate after opening - I use in my protein smoothies and in baking)
Wheat Germ (refrigerate after opening - I use in my protein smoothies and in baking)
Hummus
condiments: mustard, mango salsa, medium salsa, homemade clean ketchup
Water

Freezer Basics: My freezer is where I keep frozen fruits, veggies, and meats - it's less expensive and allows me to buy in bulk.  I also store a lot of my leftovers there in individual serving sizes.
Frozen chicken breast fillets
Frozen white fish fillets
Frozen berries
frozen steam-in-the-bag vegetables
Breads - live grain breads and wraps belong in the freezer!  Ezekiel bread is one of the most well-known brands
Dark Chocolate Squares
Diana's Dark Chocolate Banana Babies - these are my favorite sweet treat! 

Clean Eating Pantry Basics: My pantry is my go-to place for so many of my staples that I cook with every day.
Bakery products: whole-grain bread
Nuts/Seeds: unsalted almonds, cashews, walnuts, or sunflower seeds, all-natural nut and seed butters
Oils: extra-virgin olive oil, safflower oil, pumpkin oil, organic non-stick spray
Cereals: Kashi Go Lean, Shredded Wheat, All-Bran, Quaker Oatmeal Squares (my new favorite!), steel-cut oats, cream of wheat
Sweet Potatoes
Bananas
Dry Goods: brown rice, quinoa, millet, whole-wheat flour, sea salt,
Sugar substitute (Agave nectar, Sucanat, Rapadura, stevia),
Brown Rice
Quinoa
whole-grain flours
best quality vanilla, baking powder, baking soda
Canned goods: chickpeas, beans (navy, white, kidney, etc.), lentils, tomatoes (crushed, whole, or paste), water-packed tuna, water-packed salmon, low-fat, sugar-free, low-sodium soups, low-sodium corn and peas, low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock,
Sugar free syrup
Sugar-free tomato sauce, unsweetened, organic apple sauce, honey
Low sodium organic soy sauce
Whey protein powder
Baby food (for all my hiding nutrients in recipes) my favorites are garden vegetable, carrot, sweet potato, and mixed berry
Beverages: green tea, maca tea, tulsi tea, coffee, bottled water


Miscellaneous: spices - I have a full spice rack!  Clean cooking is all about flavor!!! I also use balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar

Liquor Cabinet: I love red wine!  Merlot and Cabernet are my two favorites and they are shown to be heart
healthy in small doses!

My kitchen is a clean zone and I like to keep favorites on hand so that they are there when I need them and when I need to grab a quick snack or make a meal I have plenty of ingredients readily available!