The Kitchen Makeover pt.3:
In the past, my freezer was the place where I could find some of my favorite foods…pizza, frozen burritos, quick convenient meals and of course ice cream!
Now, due to my decision to eat real healthy foods, I have discovered that my freezer is good for only one thing. Protein! Okay, I admit…sometimes you can find a pizza in there too. I’m only human. But it’s really for the kids.
The Correct Use of Your Freezer
- Lean Chicken Breasts (pastured is best, but expensive)
- Grass-fed Beef (I buy mine from Trader Joes, I’ll explain why it’s always grass-fed in a future post)
- Wild Alaskan Salmon (never buy farm raised; it lacks the health benefits of wild)
- Wild Caught Shrimp (never buy farmed; check the small print)
- Tilapia Filets
- Pork Roasts & Chops
- Wild Game (deer, buffalo, squirrel, rabbit; I don’t eat this often, only when I friend offers it)
- Beef Roasts (I have some great crock pot recipes)
- Steak Strips & Tips (my kids favorite food)
- Pizza (for the kids, but it’s my favorite cheat food; currently searching for a gluten free option)
- Frozen Veggies (this is optional, I prefer mine fresh)
When possible, I buy my meat in bulk. It is way more cost-effective and stores great in the freezer…the true purpose for your freezer…not processed junk.
I know that some people don’t eat meat. Some have been led astray or scared to eat it because of mainstream or government influence, but some abstain because of health reasons and their doctor advises them to reduce their intake. I understand it is a personal choice, and I am not advocating for you to ignore your doctor.
With that said, animal protein is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. If the animal is raised humanely and fed a healthy diet (like grass-fed, pastured or wild; not stuck in a feed-lot somewhere) it is a healthy food source. You are what you eat is not only true for you, but your food too.
Don’t misunderstand me…I am not a caveman, but I always eat some sort of animal protein with my meal (only about 25% of my plate/meal). As stated in part two of this series, 50% of your plate/meal should be made up of vegetables. The rest should be fruit, healthy fats and starchy/safe carbs.
A Simply Healthy Kitchen is made up of simple, healthy, whole foods. Do your research, spend wisely and stay out of the frozen food section when possible…unless you’re buying some meatJ