I can’t believe we’re here already, but we’ve officially hit the halfway mark for the #LJFITCHALLENGE… time really does fly when you live actively! I don’t know about you, but I for one am feeling fitter, stronger, happier, healthier and more energetic than I have in a long time! It must be all of those endorphins running through my body – I may just stay on it forever.
I absolutely love seeing all of the questions and feedback you have on the #ljfitchallenge, and I noticed just this morning that a lot of them are about food. So I decided to open the doors to my most prized possession (aside from my husband and dog of course), my fridge to show you just a few of the things you will ALWAYS find inside. Some of them might surprise you a little bit, but they’re the perfect little add ons for some of my favourite nourishing meals – and go perfectly with all of the recipes you’ll find in the Meal Plan!
What are some of the things you always have in your fridge?
Inner Beauty Powder from The Beauty Chef
Beautiful skin definitely comes from within. I love putting a spoonful of this gut loving goodness powder into my smoothies every morning. Inner Beauty Powder contains naturally fermented superfoods, prebiotics and probiotics to nourish and enhance the skin from the inside, giving you a healthy glow on the outside.
Kombucha, ahh beloved Kombucha, the Immortal Health Elixir. This magical beverage is made from sweetened tea that has been fermented by a crazy little critter called a SCOBY, a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. Kombucha is indisputably full of probiotics and other happy things that our guts love and that help boost our overall health. Every fortnight I ferment a new batch of kombucha, so I have a big bottle ready in my fridge for my morning shot.
Homemade jar of pesto
In the Clarkson house we LOVE pesto, especially basil pesto! Each week we whip up a jar of pesto consisting of loads of fresh basil from our herb garden, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, chilli and a smidge of parmesan. From busting stress to clearing your skin, Basil has some serious mind-body benefits. Rich in a plethora of goodness like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium, Basil is known to reduce inflammation and swelling, has anti-aging properities and is rich in antioxidants. We love to eat our pesto day and night, from pesto scrambled eggs to chicken and pesto pasta to salmon and pesto pizza for dinner.
On the weekends I love to make my own bone broths. Bone stock is incredibly high in protein and is said to boost the immune system. Although not the most glamorous of foods, bone stock is actually regarded as one of the most beautifying foods around! It’s high collagen content means that it supports healthy skin, nails and hair and its anti-inflammatory amino acids fight ageing. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… bone stock is alleged to reduce cellulite, and retain skin elasticity! I freeze my homemade bone broth so it’s ready and waiting for when I need it for soups, curries, risotto – or just on its own!
Coconut and bee pollen bites
One of my favourite go to snacks. A teaspoon of bee pollen and a drizzle of coconut oil in an ice cube tray and freeze. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. These bites are energy enhancers, the carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue. 3pm-itis – no way!
What are some of the things you keep tucked away in your fridge? @ljclarkson