Monday, August 19, 2013

What's in your kitchen?

Part of the fit lifestyle is keeping your kitchen well stocked.

That means lots of fruit, veggies, grains, legumes, and lean proteins. Some goodies too, but lots of the healthy stuff.

Come along with me, we'll tour my kitchen real quick.

First up, the fruit bowl.

The fruit bowl

 I keep mine stocked with an assortment of fruit and veggies. In the summer I keep a lot of peaches, they're my favorite fruit! I always try to have apples and bananas on hand. The tomatoes in that photo are from my friend's mom's garden, payment for taking care of their garden while they're away on vacation. I've also got an eggplant, which is one of the best things to grill. If you haven't tried it already, you've absolutely got to.

If you've got one of these, or if you reliably keep fresh fruit and vegetables in your kitchen, you've probably dealt with fruit flies. They're gross and let's face it... everyone has them.

BUT, they're super easy to get rid of. Put about half a cup of apple cider vinegar in a bowl and add just a bit of dish soap. The flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar (they just can't help it) and the dish soap decreases the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies drown the second they land in the dish.

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Just ewwwwww.

Now that I've completely grossed you out.... go try it with the flies in your kitchen. If you really don't have any... tell a friend. :)

Next up, the fridge.

Pretty well stocked, if I do say so myself!
Top shelf has greek yogurt (plain and fruit flavored), eggs, and cottage cheese cups with pineapple.
Middle shelf has chicken breasts and all my condiments.
Bottom shelf has grapes, a big container of cucumber salad, some meal replacement bars (my version of candy bars), and a bunch of water bottles left over from when I moved in.
Crisper drawers have clementine oranges, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and bok choy.
The drawer has Smart Balance, other condiment type things, soy milk (I'm allergic to almond and am lactose intolerant), buttermilk for baking, and the bottom shelf is devoted to beer. Because I'm a human being.

My freezer is one of my favorite things. I tend to buy a lot of meat or fish when it goes on sale. Then, I portion it off into .25lb servings and freeze it! I hardly ever cook for more than 1-2 people, so I just defrost what I need when I need it. I also keep frozen vegetables, quick cook rice, chopped onion, some pretty amazing polenta, frozen fruit, and... well.... vodka. Again, human being.

The cupboards are fairly boring; oils, vinegars, canned beans, canned tomatoes, dry pasta, baking supplies, more tea than should be allowed in one household, and dark chocolate.

Oils, vinegars, cereals, dried fruit
Baking supplies, teas, canned goods, tomato sauce, honey, and soynut butter which I'm still too scared to try
Pastas and popcorn

Oooh! Possibly the most important thing!

Lots of foodie inspiration!! The paleo cookbooks are new. I've been eating paleo versions of treats, I feel better afterwards.

That's all on the Fit-Gal kitchen tour.

What about your kitchen? What do you always have on hand?


  1. My those tomatoes do look must have gotten them at a really great place! =D cough-my backyard-cough

  2. Also, I keep various takeout menus stuck on my fridge. For emergencies of course!

  3. I've got a ton of those recipe cards torn from magazines on my fridge!!


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