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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

My Fridge Essentials


I'm always asked what my kitchen essentials are, foods and products I absolutely must-have in my kitchen at all times and what I'd suggest buying if you're getting into healthy eating. So I'm putting together a series of blog posts talking about all my different essentials in the kitchen, starting with what I need in my fridge!

These are foods I like to keep in my fridge at all times so I can easily throw together a range of amazing meals and there's some snacky foods in there too.

Berries
You'll always find at least one variety of fresh berry in my fridge but I like to have a selection to choose from. I eat berries every single day whether that's on top of my porridge, as a snack with some yogurt or simply to snack on straight from the punnet. Berries are absolutely loaded full of vitamins and minerals as well as being high in anti-oxdients, they're naturally sweet but actually have a low sugar content so make for a great snack to satisfy sugar-cravings during the day. I like to buy fresh berries seasonally but I also buy frozen berries too!
Spinach
I feel a bit lost if I don't have spinach in my fridge because I add it to almost all my meals! It's such an easy green veg to chuck into any savoury recipe and although it doesn't have a huge amount of taste I love the texture and colour it gives a meal, not to mention the wealth of goodness. I'll always add spinach to curries, stews and pasta dishes as well as throwing it into salads, wraps or even blended it in smoothies.

Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are another food I feel a bit lost without, and I'd go as far as to say I have a slight obsession with them. Good quality cherry tomatoes are so juicy, so sweet and so delicious with lots of vitamin C! I add cherry tomatoes to salads, pesto pasta, I slice them on top of avocado toast, they're great in an omelette and I even love to snack on them.

Eggs
It's no secret I went back to eating eggs a little while ago and I have to say I feel much better for it! I'd say my diet is 90% plant-based but adding in high quality eggs or fish to my diet once or twice a week makes me feel my most healthy - it's all about finding a balance that works for you and making conscious choices for the environment AND for your physical and mental health. I like to buy local organic & free-range eggs when I can and will have these soft boiled or poached on toast with spinach & cherry tomatoes, in an amazing shakshuka or whipped into an omelette. Eggs are a good source of protein and vitamin B12 as well as being one of the only food sources of vitamin D.
Make sure you buy organic & free-range!

Tahini & Tamari
I'm putting these two condiments together because I feel like they go hand in hand. Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce and I use it ALL the time, of course it's the best in stir-fries which I make regularly but it's also delicious used as a marinate on baked aubergine or drizzled on veggies. Tamari is generally smoother and richer than soy sauce, as well as being better to cook with.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste most commonly used in hummus. I love to use tahini in homemade dips as it's super creamy but I also use it all the time in freshly made salad dressings, stirred into roasted vegetables or in recipes for homemade veggie burgers and falafels. It's delicious and packed full of goodness.

Almond & Oat Milk
Milk is a staple in everyone's fridge, right? I opt for plant-based milks as my tummy does not like dairy but also there's a lot of evidence to suggest dairy milk isn't good for your hormones - I personally did find I felt healthier without dairy in my diet.
My milks of choice are almond milk and oat milk. I use almond milk to make porridge or in recipes and I use oat milk for hot drinks like tea and coffee as it doesn't curdle and has this naturally sweet, creamy taste which is unbeatable.

Lemons
If you're an avid Nourishing Amelia follower you'll already know about my love for warm lemon water, I drink it every morning without fail to help with my digestion and hydration first thing. I like to add fresh lemon to salad dressings, pasta dishes and homemade zesty sweet treats too. I also add it to my G&T's......#balance.


Mushrooms
I know mushrooms are a bit of a marmite food item but I personally love them. I always add mushrooms to dishes like chilli or spaghetti bolognese and they're great in stir fries too. I like to fry them in a little olive oil and top them on a slice of toast perhaps with some avocado and/or cherry tomatoes as well. They're a real staple for me and I'll eat them most days in the week. Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins which will help with energy and happiness levels!


Dairy-Free Yogurt
Last but certainly not least is dairy-free yogurts. I mentioned earlier that I don't eat dairy but that doesn't mean I have to miss out on delicious yogurts! My favourite brand is Nush who make the most creamy almond milk and cashew milk yogurts you'll ever taste with flavours like banoffee, strawberry, caramel & hibiscus and much much more. I sometimes buy soy yogurt too (unsweetened) but Nush is my favourite. I'll eat yogurt for breakfast with homemade granola, fresh berries and nut butter or snack on it during the day. A plain variety is also great to have in your fridge for creamy pasta dishes!




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