Fridge Essentials – The Paleo / Primal Diet

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Ever wonder what’s inside a primal girl’s fridge? There are many What’s In My Fridge videos on YouTube but I find that most of them show products that are expensive and virtually impossible to find outside the US or UK. I wanted to demonstrate that it’s possible to have a very healthy grain-free diet based on readily available, fresh, real foods that can be found in any country, any supermarket or any farmer’s market. 

It’s just what I, as a primal girl, eat on a daily basis.

Of course, a girl has to have some treats sometimes, and you’ll see what mine are. No, they aren’t sweets! Could mortadella or mustard be considered a treat? 🙂 Yes! Everybody needs to treat themselves sometimes but I’d rather not reach for sugary items.

If you want to know what I generally keep in my freezer (including meat and fish), and more information on the essentials of a healthy Paleo fridge, then keep reading.

In my freezer, I always have the following items available:

  • Chicken thighs (brilliant for my weekly soups).
  • Chicken/Turkey breasts or fillets (I use them in salads or as a main course in various recipes).
  • Pork loin, minced beef or any other meat – I look for deals, and buy in bulk, then freeze.
  • Fish – again, I buy fresh fish in bulk and then freeze. I usually stock up on fresh mackerel, sardines, dorada, bonito – any fish that is local and affordable, especially the first three that are oily fish and contain large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Frozen green peas – one of my obsessions. I add them to soups and cook them with mushrooms for breakfast.
  • Frozen spinach and Swiss chard – good addition to soups.
Regarding the fridge, you don’t really need any fancy items. Just go for natural, fresh, preferably local foods. Below, I’ve compiled a list of basic foods that I believe would form a good basis of a healthy primal fridge:
  1. All types of vegetables of course! The ones that inhabit my fridge by default are courgettes, aubergines, carrots, sweet peppers. I also love broccoli, cauliflower and pumpkin.
  2. Non-sweet fruit – such as tomatoes, cucumber, avocado.
  3. Green leaves – lettuce of all kinds (just don’t go for Iceberg lettuce – it’s the least nutritious one out of all), spinach, Swiss chard, kale, etc. Generally, the darker the leaves, the more chlorophyll there is inside, and the more beneficial it is for your body. If possible, buy from a local farmer’s market as they need to be as fresh and as organic as possible.
  4. Free-range eggs – a real powerhouse! They have everything your body needs, and don’t be afraid to eat them daily. If you get bored, try this delicious frittata with red pepper and chorizo.
  5. Full fat unsweetened Greek yogurt – benefical for your digestion and a good source of calcium. Never go for the varieties with fruit, they are full of sugar. Instead, add some fresh fruit yourself or, my personal recommendation, make a smoothie out of fruit and yogurt, it’s delicious!
  6. Mature or semi-mature cheese, preferably goat or sheep – if you can tolerate dairy of course. If you can get hold of raw cheese, that’s even better. Avoid processed cheeses. A good one should not have any additives or preservatives.
  7. A good quality liquid Omega-3 Fish Oil – I’m not an advocate of taking supplements, I believe a balanced diet should be sufficient for all our requirements, but Omega-3 fatty acids are the only exception. Unless you eat large quantities of oily fish every day (but that’s not advisable), you need to get yourself a bottle of fish oil. Your hair, skin and the whole body will thank you!

Of course, there are many other things that I occasionally have in my fridge, but, if you have the above, you’re more or less good to go. There are endless cooking choices when combined with a balanced Paleo cupboard.

Next time, I’ll be showing you what’s in my cupboard – the place where unhealthy foods, such as chips, chocolates, crackers, etc., generally like to hide. They don’t have to! I’ll also share with you my favourite snacks, which hopefully will prevent you from reaching for those chipa!

Do you agree with my list of essential Paleo fridge and freezer items? What would you add? What would you take away? Let’s discuss!

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Comments

  1. Frances Leggett says:

    Hi Vita
    Thanks for the info! With regard to Omega-3 fish oil, would you recommend taking it in tablet form or liquid form? Is there any difference?

    • Even better than Omega-3 fish oil is cod liver oil. Fermented one is the best thing in the world (I mean this one), but it’s really expensive, I’m still saving up for it. 🙂 For now, I’m using a regular cod liver oil (this one), and it works really well. The only thing is that most of them have Vitamin A or Vitamin E added artificially. You have to get one with nothing else but pure cod liver oil in it. The one I linked to is exactly like that. I prefer liquid rather than capsules because in capsule form you get to eat the capsule shells as well, which is unnecessary. Liquid is cheaper, too! And you need much less of it. One teaspoon instead of a few capsules is much easier to take!

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