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What's in my fridge?

Aug 20, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

This week's video is a tour through my fridge! Next week I will show you what's in my freezer and the week after what's in my kitchen pantry. As the old saying goes: If you put good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.

Here's a little summary of my tips in the video:

Iced tea instead of juice

Ditch the sugar water aka juice in favour of iced teas. Brew your own delicious tea and keep it stocked in your fridge. My fave right now is the organic coconut milk , almond milk , Creamy Vanilla Cashew Milk , hemp milk and more. Concerned about calcium? Here's a list of non-dairy sources of calcium at the bottom of the cookie recipe.

Glass jars of various nuts and seeds

Always keep nuts and seeds in the fridge or freezer if you are not eating them right away. It prevents the good fats from going rancid.

Ditch the store-bought sauces

They can be full of sugar, sodium and food additives that belong in a chemist's lab, not your fridge. Instead make your own! Have you tried my Best Ever BBQ Sauce yet ? It will blow your socks off.

Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

Carrot and celery sticks aren't going to be very appetizing if they are sitting in the fridge in their wholesome state. The secret here is preparing them and cutting them up into veggie sticks the moment you get home so they don't end up going to waste and you're much more inspired to make healthy snack choices.

Quick and healthy snack ideas

Hummus and granola, anyone?


I really wish there was a better name for leftovers than "leftovers" - it just sounds so unappetizing! I always make extra food every time I cook so that we have healthy leftovers for lunch the next day.

You may have noticed...what's missing: Bottled salad dressings, sauces, condiments -- this is because I don't believe salad dressing should ever come in a plastic bottle -- it's criminal really. Make your own!It's soooo much fresher, healthier and tastier. I've got tons of salad dressing recipes in my book JOYOUS HEALTH and in the salad section of my blog. As for condiments, you'll find out more about that when we get to my kitchen pantry video in a couple of weeks.

Also in my video: Find out what one of the best low-cost, high quality proteins are that I always keep stocked in my fridge, plus why it is super important to buy organic butter (and great if you can local grass-fed too).

Enjoy the video!

Be sure to tune in next week for my follow up videos.

Have a joyous day!

Aug 20, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
Liz S.   •   August 20, 2015

So great seeing all the nourishing foods you have stocked at home! I'm happy to say that I have a lot of the same foods in my own fridge, thanks to your nutritional guidance to me (as a former client) that I still use :)


Kayla F.   •   August 20, 2015

Thumbs Up! Loved this video, can't wait for the next two - especially the "What's in my Freezer". I actually learned that a few of my pantry items should be fridge items.

Joy McCarthy   •   August 22, 2015

Great!! Thanks.

Mel   •   August 20, 2015

Yay we aren't doing too bad after seeing your fridge - but haven't gotten Joel to make our own almond/coconut milk yet! Thanks for the reminder to put the nuts in mason jars. Question - vanilla extract in the fridge ? I haven't been doing that but my shakes and desserts still taste yummy !


Sharon   •   August 20, 2015

Thanks for sharing!! It's nice to see that I have some of the same foods in my fridge and also a few that I didn't know that should be refrigerated!


Kiersten   •   August 20, 2015

Great video! Excited to see the rest of this series! Loved all the tips :) I didn't know to keep nuts and seeds in the fridge, great info. (going to do this right now hehe) Thanks for sharing!

Joy McCarthy   •   August 22, 2015

My pleasure, glad you enjoyed my vid!

Lisa   •   August 20, 2015

Hi. When you were mentioning your supplements, you had your vitamin d and omegas in the fridge. Why do they need to be there and do you recommend taking vitamin d in the summer?


Rihab   •   August 21, 2015

Would love to get information about health thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   August 22, 2015

What information are you looking for? A specific health concern?

Joanne MacFarlane   •   August 21, 2015

Hi Joy, Thank you for sharing what is in your fridge! It is always so much more helpful to see a video than to read an article. Thank you, again. I look forward to your pantry video. Have a wonderful day, and thanks again. Joanne

Joy McCarthy   •   August 22, 2015

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to write!

AshleyL   •   August 25, 2015

How do you feel about homemade oat milk? I saw a recipe recently and was intrigued because it's so cost friendly and doesn't take a long time to soak. Thoughts? What about combining it with cashews or another nut?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 26, 2015

Hi Ashley, We haven't tried a blend, but feel free to give it a shot. If you're sensitive to gluten, just make sure you get gluten-free oats. Kate - Joyous Health

Isra   •   August 26, 2015

Great video! Can't wait for the others. I'm going to refrigerate my nuts+seeds now!


Suzi   •   August 26, 2015

Loved your video! I too like to watch a video sometimes instead of read an article because I learn much better visually. Very impressed at how many things you make from scratch. Hope I can be half as good as you! Can't wait to see your next video! Learned lots from this one!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 27, 2015

Hi Suzi, Thanks so much! We're big fans of video content for that very reason. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Sarah   •   August 26, 2015

Great video! How often do you find you're making your own nut milks? Does keeping your omegas and vitamins in the fridge keep them more fresh even over the course of a few months? Can't wait for the other videos!!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 27, 2015

Hi Sarah, We make our own nut milks all the time because a) we use them so often and b) they're super-quick to whip up. Keeping omega-3s in the fridge will protect those heat-sensitive fatty acids, but you'll still want to respect the expiration date on the packaging. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Sharona   •   September 3, 2015

Hey Joy Want to wish you an amazing labour and birth experience! Love your videos and practical info!


Gabriela   •   March 15, 2016

Dear Joy. What kind of microphone do you use in your Youtube videos? Where did you buy it? Looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Gabriela

Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 15, 2016

Hi Gabriela, This is is one we use: Kate - Joyous Health Team

Cheryl   •   December 22, 2017

Hi Joy. I enjoyed the three videos you endeavoured to give to us.Great! Also an easier time with the birth of your number two child, keep both mother and baby healthy, and much happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy Happy New Year 2018!

Rachel Molenda   •   December 27, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it Cheryl :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Barb   •   February 26, 2018

Hi Joy! There seems to be so much controversy over Soy

Rachel Molenda   •   February 26, 2018

Hey Barb, It can often be a confusing topic, but typically we advise people to steer clear of soy and soy-containing products because it's often genetically modified and it can result in an excess of estrogen in the body which can lead to hormonal imbalances. Occasionally, if you wish to incorporate organic fermented soy in the form of tempeh, that's fine because the anti-nutrients that make it difficult to digest are removed in the process. But keep in mind, soy is typically a common allergen too and can lead to digestive upset or skin irritations, which is another reason why we typically recommend to avoid it or reduce their consumption. I hope that helps :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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