Fridgecurious #4

Today we take a look in the fridge of the Boer family and they will tell us a little bit about their eating habits. They are my best friends, Nienke, Jeroen and their 2 year old daughter Annemarie. Since about a year they became a lot more conscious of what they are eating and I hope it will inspire some people to do the same. They mainly eat vegetarian food, with some occasional fish. A lot of what they eat is vegan though and I love that! The reason they started to eat this way is because of the animal cruelty and they have a mini pig for almost 2 years now. This really helped a lot to make them think differently and to stop eating meat. Apart from all that, ‘Vegetarian options are delicious’ they say! Their milk and butter are always plant-based. Especially the chocolate milk is their daughters favourite, which I fully understand! At the moment there is organic yogurt in the fridge, but she often buys plant-based yogurt too.

Nienke doesn’t have certain days to get her groceries, because as a nurse her hours vary a lot. Most of the time she goes to the supermarket for het groceries and she buys little amounts at the same time. A lot of time she doesn’t know exactly what she has at home already, so she chose to have some products in stock. This way there is always something they can cook. She doesn’t go to only one certain supermarket, but she likes to go to different ones. For practical reasons (Annemarie is always coming) she mostly takes the car, but for some small things she also likes to go by bike or she takes the buggy. She doesn’t go a lot, but she sometimes also likes to go to the market: ‘Especially on a sunny Saturday it’s nice’. She loves the smell of all the different fruit, vegetables and nuts! In the summer she likes to get fruit which are in season, like strawberries and cherries!

On a day off Nienke and Annemarie like to take their time when it comes to breakfast. They drink tea and eat peanut butter sandwiches, with sliced banana or chocolate sprinkles on top and they always have a piece of fruit too, as there is always a full bowl of fruit to choose from. Jeroen takes advantage of that and often quickly grabs a banana before he rushes off to work. For lunch they have salads with toast or crackers, but sometimes as a treat they makes themselves some of their favourite banana pancakes! On working days Jeroen always eats at work and he can choose from a very wide range of foods from a buffet (lucky him!). Nienke is known for her fully loaded lunch bag she brings to work. She just wants to make sure she has a fresh lunch (or sometimes a delayed breakfast!). Very sometimes she also gets something at work, like a salad or a vegetarian soup for example. Dinner can be very diverse as they like to eat a lot of different vegetables and they combine that with pasta, quinoa, couscous or rice and then they have a meat substitute with it or the occasional fish. They prepare everything without salt, because any let overs will go to a very lucky piggy. Of course they snack some too in between their meals and this often is a yummy piece of dark chocolate, a piece of fruit and sometimes they also enjoy some biscuits and crisps.

I want to thank the Boer family to share their fridge and eating habits with us and to tell us how they try to live in a more conscious way. 

I hope this inspired you and if it did, please let me know in the comments! If you also like to show your fridge, please send me a message via CONTACT! Thank you! X

Fridgecurious #3

img_6869This fridgecurious we are taking a look in the fridge of my cousin Mandy and her boyfriend Sven. What is so nice, is that it’s Mandy’s birthday today, yay! Happy Birthday! What is even nicer, Mandy is vegan since October 2016. Before she went vegan she was already vegetarian for 10 years. In the beginning of the transition she found it was quite a lot to take in and to learn and read about veganism, but it’s going very well now and she feels very good! I’m so proud of her that she took this step, as we are the only vegans in our family. Her boyfriend is still omni and so I thought it was interesting to see how they make this work. They both work full time and that’s why they go grocery shopping once a week. This works much better than getting bits and bobs every day. They rotate between 4 supermarkets, but most of it they get at the Dutch supermarket ‘Jumbo’. They only sometimes go to ‘Eko Plaza’ (health supermarket) or the Vegan Supermarket to get some special things. Because the 2nd of March they will move to the city Groningen, going to these supermarkets will probably increase as they will be much closer by then.

img_6868On the top shelf of the fridge she keeps all the spreads and sauces. There is a very nice plant-based herb-butter she gets at her local supermarket. They both like spicy food, so there is also a bottle of ‘sambal’, but the thing she is most happy with, is the plant-based mayonnaise from ‘Remia’. She has a jar and a bottle of this. She displayed the bottle in the front of the fridge, especially for the picture, haha.. I love it! The love for mayonnaise is so Dutch, I love it myself and I have to watch out I don’t eat too much of it. She likes to eat it with fries (yum!) and toasties and mix it up a bit with ketchup. I totally get this! Sven likes to drink sparkly water with a light flavour, so that’s what you see on the next shelf. You can also see bell peppers, carrots and cherry tomatoes. They eat a lot of vegetables and Mandy often takes cherry tomatoes and cucumber to work. In the left drawer you can see a package from the ‘vegetarische slager’ (vegetarian butcher) with ‘gehacktbal’, this is not vegan, but vegetarian. img_6870This is for Sven. He still eats a little meat now and then, but a lot of times he eats the same as Mandy or he goes for a vegetarian meal. They respect and take each others food choices into consideration. This is how they make it work and it makes them feel good. I do think that Sven deserves a compliment though! In the fridge door you can see a lot of Alpro products: butter, milk (Soy, Rice, Almond and she especially likes the Cashew) and yogurt. She likes to mix up the flavoured ones with the plain. Every morning she has breakfast with this yogurt, adding some oats and dried fruit. All the way in the top, you can see ‘Wilmersburger’ cheese. This is vegan cheese and super delicious. They use it to make toasties and often Sven eats toasties with this cheese too. They like the ‘Wilmersburger – würzig’ best.

I want to thank Mandy and Sven to share their fridge with us and to tell us how they make it work being a vegan and an omni, living in the same house.

I hope this inspired you and if it did, please let me know in the comments! If you also like to show your fridge, please send me a message via CONTACT! Thank you! X

Fridgecurious #2

13441574_1169590353085066_1288872978_oIn the first Fridgecurious my sister was showing the inside of her fridge. This time it’s going to be myself. I’m quite excited, because people are always wondering what I eat. Because some people still think vegans only survive on carrots and spinach. So this will be a good opportunity to show you guys.
My fridge is, not very surprising for other vegans, full of fruits and veggies. This is all for breakfast and dinner, because in the weekdays I eat lunch at work and in the weekends I mostly eat lunch (and sometimes dinner) out to test hotspots.
You can also see 2 Lush products. This is obviously not for eating, but these are facial masks. They are so fresh, that they have to be kept in the fridge. The ones in my fridge are my favourite. It’s the ‘Catastrophe Cosmetic’ and the ‘Rosey Cheeks’. I got them both for free. You can get free facial masks too if you hand in 5 empty and clean pots. I love this about Lush!

13441829_1169590309751737_1857653769_oIn the morning I always start with a big glass of water with the juice of half a lemon and half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (you can see this in the door). Then about an hour later I eat breakfast. My breakfast always consist of a smoothie, mostly a green one, and fruit. A mango, some berries or some apples. For my smoothie I like to use orange or apple juice, spinach or kale, banana, ginger, linseed and spirulina. I’m aware that the juices and the spinach/kale all come in plastic packaging, which I don’t really agree on. That’s why I ordered a juicer, so all my juice can come from the fruit I buy. As a matter of fact it can come any minute. I’m very excited!

When I get home from work I make myself a nice dish with lots of veggies. A risotto with more mushrooms and peas than rice, some grilled veggies, beans or chickpeas with lots of avocado and tomatoes and when I have a bit more time I make myself a nice green curry. That is my favourite! But overall it’s always something what is fast and easy to 13410664_1169590329751735_174141009_omake. I always try to eat in season. Not only because it’s cheaper, but also because I believe those foods have more nutrition and that’s why they taste a lot better! It’s easy for me to eat in season, because on Sundays I go to the farmers market which is only a 10 minutes walk from my house. There I buy as much fruit and veggies possible, because I also like to eat organic as much as possible and they don’t use plastic packaging. I always bring my own bag so I also don’t need their plastic bags to bring it home. It might sound silly, but it gets me very excited to walk home with a big bag of lovely fruit and veggies. It’s one of my moments of happiness during the week. So half the week my fruit en veggies come from the farmers market, but as it’s only once a week and I can’t buy for a whole week (it’ll go off and I don’t have so much space) I also have to go to the supermarket to get some necessities like spinach and kale. I do buy the organic though.

You can also see soy milk in my fridge. I use this to make my green tea. Normally I also have some hemp and almond milk, which I use for porridge and milkshakes, but that was finished when I took the picture. 13410671_1169615933082508_757200562_oThe butter you can see in the door I use for the odd occasion I eat bread, but I also do use it for baking now and then. I hardly use it, but once you bought it, it’s there. Haha!
Unfortunately I don’t have a very big freezer. I would love to freeze some more fruit for example, but that is just not possible here. What I always have frozen, just in case, are bananas, blueberries ans peas. At the moment there is also some breadfruit and raspberries in there. The fruit in my fridge is not all my fruit, because I keep my bananas, melons, oranges, lemons and other fruit out of the fridge. There is a mango in there and an avocado, but these are in the fridge just because I try to keep them a bit longer.

I hope this inspired you and if it did, please let me know in the comments! If you also like to show your fridge, please send me a message via contacts! Thank you! X

Fridgecurious #1

12939268_1126343290743106_1586325496_nDo you also always look in somebody else’s trolley or basket in the supermarket? Or at the till.. what are other people buying? It’s so interesting what other people buy. What about having a look in somebody else’s fridge? I love looking in fridges, haha! I think there is so much you can tell about somebody’s personality and life, just looking at what they keep in their fridge. I give you the opportunity to have a look.. the first one who wants to show her fridge is my sister Melody.

She and her 2 kids(gosh I love them!) are vegetarian, so she does have a few non vegan products in her fridge. She works full time in shifts, so her hours are always very early or until late, what means she can have hectic mornings or she isn’t eating dinner at home. You can see that, even after just getting all her groceries, her fridge isn’t over full. When she is groceries shopping she just buys what she sees. She likes to buy fresh vegetables and fruit on discount. She always has things like pasta, rice, cous cous and tortilla wraps in her house, so there is always something to prepare a nice meal. Which is handy as she only starts to think about what to eat when it’s time to start cooking. She always cooks with fresh vegetables and also uses other fresh ingredients as much as she can.

12959412_1126343547409747_1907297163_oThe fresh 100% orange juice(not from concentrate) is for the green smoothies she makes for her kids in the morning. She herself always eats greek yogurt with muesli and apple for breakfast before her work out. She is a very good runner and on a good day she will run 10 km, just because she can. We definitely do not share these skills in our dna.. haha!

 

The other, besides the greek yogurt, non vegan products she does use are organic eggs, butter and goat cheese. She didn’t try Provamel’s new greek yogurt yet, but she is planning to do that soon and if she likes it she wants to use that instead. Sometimes she buys a meat substitute when it’s on discount, but normally she likes to use nuts, mushrooms, legumes and beans instead. 

The only unhealthy thing she keeps in her fridge is chocolate. Which isn’t that bad as it’s good for your mood she jokes! What is so true!! Also this week she had to try this chocolate cookie pudding, but normally she doesn’t buy puddings. Oh and the AlproSoya drinks are for her son to drink at school. Overall she does eat healthy and she tries to eat vegan as much as she can!

12939309_1126343264076442_26725825_nDid you like to have a look in somebody else’s fridge? Please leave a comment! Are you vegan or vegetarian and would you like to show your own fridge and tell about your eating habits? Send me a message and who knows.. your fridge might be next!