25 Foods You Won’t Find in My Kitchen + Daily vlog

25 Foods You Won't Find In My Kitchen

25 Foods You Won't Find in My Kitchen + Daily vlog

For today’s #livinginspiralized feature, I wanted to talk about the foods you won’t find in my home, since I spend a lot of time talking about the foods that I DO eat.

I’ve built a list of foods that I never, ever keep in my kitchen. While, sure, I will go out and have some chocolate cake for dessert, I would never keep those ingredients in my home (ie sugar and butter), because I don’t cook with them ever and also, who wants that temptation in their home?

ALSO, I’m sharing my first ever daily vlog. I am doing an “experiment” and filming everything I do this week, out of curiosity to see what the footage shows! You’ll see.

What I Ate Today, February 28, 2017

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Breakfast

I made avocado toast on Ezekial bread with some freshly squeezed lemon, salt, and pepper. The avocado was just about to go bad, so it’s a little brown. I served it with two hard-boiled eggs and dijon mustard.

Snack

If you missed my Instagram post, I’ve been making raw nut mixes on the weekends to last me all week. This time, I bought organic raisins to add a little something extra. I also bought these gorgeous figs over the weekend! I snacked on this bag all day, it was about a full cup of nuts!

Lunch

Yesterday we filmed new cooking videos, so I have so many leftovers and am trying to be conscious of making sure nothing goes to waste! I had the same collard green wrap today as I did yesterday, but forgot to take a picture of it, so here’s a picture of it (from yesterday, but it’s the same exact thing!) I stuff a collard green with hummus, avocado, onion, carrots, cucumber, zucchini noodles, and mustard. It’s the best!

Snack

I came from a meeting in the city around 4:40pm and I have my standing weekly Spanish lesson at 5pm, so I wanted something to give me a boost to last through the end of the day, while I did my Spanish homework. I was craving a smoothie this morning, but was too lazy to grab the ingredients for it, so I picked them on my way home from the city. The smoothie has ice, almond milk, kale, almond butter, frozen bananas, blueberries, and a serving of collagen (this is the brand I use/love.)

Dinner

Lu requested my Bikini Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles from my first cookbook for dinner tonight. Halfway through me cooking dinner, he called and said he had to stay out for dinner with clients. Womp, womp. More for me! This dish is so easy to throw together on a weeknight!

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Dessert

A lovely lady named Nikki founded P.S. Snacks, based out of Washington, D.C. She reached out to me as a fellow Wake Forest graduate/girl-boss and sent me some of her vegan, gluten-free, chickpea-based cookie dough and ever since, I’ve been addicted! It’s the perfect post-dinner indulgence, and it’s made with real ingredients – and tastes amazing. She just launched on Jet.com, so you can order it there – but just a warning, it sells out quickly!! I had about 1/4 cup of this deliciousness for dessert and finished my last tub.

Foods You Won’t Find in My Home

There are certain food items that you will never find in my home. My kitchen is always stocked with the healthiest of foods, so that the healthy choice is the ONLY choice. That’s key to living a healthy lifestyle – making the choices easy, convenient, and eliminating ALL temptation.

Now, I still treat myself when I go out, but when I’m snacking and cooking at home, it’s all clean.

  1. White rice
  2. White flour
  3. White bread
  4. Dairy milks & cream: we use almond and cashew milk
  5. Nutella
  6. Sugar other than coconut sugar
  7. Butter
  8. Margarine
  9. Processed pre-made pastries & cookies
  10. Anything labeled “sugar free” or “fat free”
  11. Candy
  12. Processed snacks: all of our snacks are clean-eating friendly (for example, you won’t find Lay’s or Doritos in our pantry, but you may find Garden of Eatin’s Red Hot Blues)
  13. Vegetable oil
  14. Sugary cereals: no Lucky Charms in this house. This is my go-to cereal.
  15. Regular yogurt: from time to time I buy Greek yogurt for making dressings and for breakfast (although I haven’t had it for about 8 months). I never buy regular yogurt.
  16. Juice: unless we’re making cocktails, I’ll buy juice, but we don’t drink juice.
  17. Artificial sweetners: Sweet ‘n Low, Stevia – no way.
  18. Pastas other than couscous
  19. Dairy ice cream
  20. Soda: I haven’t had a sip of soda since July 2012, not even in an alcoholic drink.
  21. Breadcrumbs
  22. Cornstarch
  23. Sour cream
  24. Mayonnaise
  25. Pre-made salad dressings

The Daily Vlog

Here’s my first ever daily “vlog.” I documented every thing I did on Monday, February 27th. I’m recording this entire week with the original intent of putting together a “weekly vlog”, but I fear it may too be long (it’s 25 minutes too long?) Let me know what you think – and if you’d rather prefer a daily vlog. They’re definitely fun to make, and I could definitely do one a week! Kind of like a weekly video check-in. Let me know in the comments!

What are some foods you don’t keep in your home?

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94 comments

Deana Murchison says:
Loved the vblog, it was fun to see you in action, and of course I love all your recipes. We recently moved from CA to NC and the new house has granite counter tops so the Inspiralizer sticks better, thus works better (old counters were hand honed rock) so it gets used for at least two meals a day. Keep the info coming, oh will you ever have an app for Android phones?
Jess says:
hi Ali! I absolutely your blog and all of your social media. Eating your moms spiralized pepper & potato dish for lunches this week! I swear my coworker and I talk about you daily (in a non creepy way) haha. First, I think a daily vlog is great. have you ever considered doing a podcast? I started commuting recently and have become obsessed with listening to them and would love for you to have one! Not to add more to your plate but just a thought and I know people would love it! Also, I can't believe the huge list of things you don't keep at home. I definitely avoid a lot on your list but my boyfriend is obsessed with juice and cookies among many of the other things you included. How do you get Lu to agree to that? V impressive!
Liz says:
I rarely comment but thought this was funny: my initial reaction to #1 white rice was "but what if the dog gets sick?!" Obviously not an issue when there's no doggy in the home :D I may only have 1-2 other items on this list in my house (admittedly my sugar is probably 5 years old, also not a baker) so overall my kitchen is pretty similar!
Danielle says:
Hey there! My sister recently told me that women have difficulty digesting and processing anything nut-based, including nut butters and almond milk! Needless to say, I was crushed because I almost exclusively use almond milk in place of dairy milk, and almond butter instead of peanut butter. Have you heard anything about this?
Cristina Gomez says:
Love to read your blogs. What course are you following for your Spanish classes?
Suz says:
This was a great post! I'm trying to eat more clean and paleo, and actually just starting an elimination diet this week to figure out which foods are triggering allergy and psoriasis symptoms. I cut out dairy Jan. 1st and have felt 90% better but had a food allergy test done and now trying to figure out what else I should cut. My question is, although it's not really a question, is my husband will eat most of what I make but he enjoys mayo and bread and other standard american diet foods, and my kids love dairy, gluten, and sugar. I would love my kids to eat healthier but not sure they are up for eating spiralized veggies and the meals that don't include pasta! Im finding it hard to please everyone and not spend a ton of money on groceries. I worry about my kids health, as my daughter has bad allergies and I think dairy could make it worse. But I also know how stubborn and rigid she is particularly around food and not sure Im up for the battle to completely change her diet. I know you don't have kids, but any advice?
Julie says:
Hello! I just started following you. I saw an IG friend had bought an Inspiralizer and showed on IG how much she liked it. I ordered one because the one I had was very "Mickey Mouse" and hard to work with. But I am really enjoying using your brand. Since following you on IG and your blog, I have become more aware of what I am eating and you are all around a good influence on me. I just want to thank you for that.
Meaghan says:
This is so wonderful to hear! We're so happy you're enjoying your Inspiralizer!
Glenda says:
I would love to see inside your refrigerator. :o) Mainly, do you buy all your veggies for 1 week, or go back to the store for more during the week? How do you store your veggies?
Susan Guajardo says:
I see you only use coconut sugar. What are your thoughts on eliminating sugar from your diet all together?
Kathryn says:
Hi Ali! Great post. Like you, I never used to use pre-made salad dressing, but I recently found a brand that I really like that uses whole ingredients with no to very little sugar. I started using the brand because I was doing the whole 30 and they have a line of compliant products. The brand is Tessemae's. You can order online, I've never seen them in stores. Your blog has contributed to me so much. I was so excited when I realized I might be able to contribute to you with a great brand recommendation. I hope you enjoy!
Alisha says:
Hi!! I have been following you on instagram for quite some time! Your posts have inspired me to make some of my own version of spiralized dishes! I was wondering, however (and forgive me if you have already made a post on this), do you stick to a certain daily meal plan? For example: 2 servings of carbs a day, 4 of protein, 4 tsp of nut butters, etc. I have read several meal plans/programs, such as 21 day fix, and was wondering if you keep track and plan your meals any particular way? Or have any advice! Thanks a bunch -Alisha
Mollie says:
Hi Ali! Why is couscous the one pasta that you eat at home? Thanks!
Jenale says:
Hi Alli! I love your advice and tips that you give us. I especially love this article on what you don't have in your home. I do agree with you on the Non dairy, I don't keep any type of dairy products in my home other than yogurts. I do love to have yogurt & granola in the morning, but do you mentioned that you don't buy regular yogurt. Do you eat any other type of yogurt or do you have any recommendations on what type of yogurt that isn't too bad for you?

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2 carrots, diced⁣
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