healthy cupboard

Time for a Cupboard Makeover


The New Year is here and it's time to start fresh - be brave and get rid of everything in your kitchen that could mess with your health. Restock with nutritious foods, drinks and snacks. If you don't have acidifying foods in your kitchen, you won't be tempted to eat them. 

Your family or housemates might not be happy with you, at first, but it's for your own good, and their own good, too. It really is true that if you have the 'unhealthy stuff' (acidifying foods) in your cupboard, you will end up eating them. Get wise and throw out the baddies and bring in the goodies. This is what I've been doing for years now. 

Find out what's inside my cupboard and fridge here. 

The worst of the worst
Make sure you remove everything that contains hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates such as white flour and white sugar, and high fructose syrup. Also, get rid of and don't purchase tomato products in cans. Avoid buying products in cans altogether, buy them in glass jars. Your kitchen shelves should never have sodas, sugary cereals, salty crisps, sugary juices, sugary biscuits and cakes, and things alike. 

Go organic
Try to buy organic food as much as possible. Food that is antibiotic-free, pesticide-free and hormone-free, and last but not least, make sure you have a water system at home for drinking water - either on the tap or, at least, a water filter. 
The filter we have at home is this one:
I highly recommend it. 

The best of the best
Now, that you've cleaned out the 'unhealthy stuff', it's time to replenish your cupboards with healthy (alkalizing) foods. If you have enough tasty ingredients in your kitchen, you will be able to always prepare yummy meals. Below is a list of cupboard's essentials to bring you happy eating and good health.

Healthy oils should be unrefined and cold-pressed, stored in dark glass jars and kept out of direct sunlight. Consider extra virgin olive oil & rapeseed oil for cooking in low heat and coconut oil for roasting or frying. Avocado Oil, Toasted sesame oil and Flaxseed oil are great for salad dressings. You can also use coconut oil to moisturise your skin. ;)

Unsalted nuts & seeds provide fatty acids, protein, fibre and minerals. Nuts can add character and flavour to salads, stir-fries, curries, raw desserts, smoothies or simply be enjoyed as snacks.

Pulses - beans, peas, lentils - are the dried seeds of the legume family. They are low in fat but high in protein and fibre.  Prepare a chickpea curry, lentil dahl or brown rice pilaf. Pulses can also be added to salads giving protein and making you feel full for longer. 

Quinoa is a great replacement for rice and pasta. It has a high protein content, tastes delicious & it's crunchy. Try a quinoa tabouleh, quinoa risotto, stuffed mushrooms or peppers with quinoa. Add it to salads.  You'll love it! 

Raw Honey or Stevia are natural sweeteners. Use them rather than sugar and artificial sweeteners. Try to use organic raw honey which hasn't been heated or pasteurised. It contains many vitamins and traces of minerals as well as healing properties. Add it to teas, smoothies, and raw desserts. If you can't get raw honey or stevia then opt for coconut palm sugar or brown sugar instead of white sugar. 

Herbal Teas should always be kept in your cupboards. Chamomile, Lemon Verbena, Cleanse & Three Ginger from Pukka Teas and Chai Tea without caffeine are my favourites. Herbal teas are great substitutes for black tea and coffee, which are dehydrating. 

Seaweeds. Nori Sheets are great not only to prepare veggie sushi but to make veggie nori rolls for lunch or as a snack. Seaweeds are good in salads, broths, and soups too. They are high in mineral levels and good iodine. 

Spices & Dried Herbs are handy to have in your cupboard. You can be very creative with your dishes and enjoy the wonderful benefits of spices & herbs like cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, dried mixed herbs, zaatar, chilli flakes and many others.

Apple Cider Vinegar is very alkalizing and has many antioxidant properties like aiding in weight loss, helping you detox, helping you get rid of candida, it balances your whole body systems, it can soothe sunburnt skin, it's good for the circulatory system and much more. Add organic apple cider vinegar to your salad dressings or have it as a shot mixed with turmeric and honey. 

Dark chocolate (70% and up) is very nutritious and it contains several minerals like magnesium and is an anti-oxidant. Buy organic cocoa powder and enjoy making your own raw desserts & hot chocolate. 

Get those cupboards clean & start your 2018 fresh! 

Love & Health,
Carolyne Ji xx 

What's Inside My Fridge/Cupboard


Fresh chillies, salad leaves, loads of veggies, organic decaf coffee, green curry paste, wasabi paste, lemongrass paste, capers, olives (black and green), sauerkraut, chilli sauce, oat and almond milk, free-range eggs. 

Gluten-free pasta, grains like quinoa, brown rice and barley, organic tomatoes in glass, unrefined oils (olive, coconut), ghee, onions, garlic, avocados, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, goji berries, linseed seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes, tons of spices (my favourites are cumin, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, zaatar, chilli flakes, ground ginger, turmeric, chilli powder). 

Frozen fruit for smoothies, unrefined olive oil and coconut oil, raw apple cider vinegar, homemade veggie or chicken stock, raw honey, tamari, wholesome mustard, cayenne pepper, cooked grains like brown rice, quinoa and cooked green and orange lentils. 

Edamame warmed up with a drizzle of olive oil, zaatar, salt and pepper, corn cracker with coconut jam from Coconut Merchant, banana with good quality peanut butter, dates stuffed with nut butter, rice cakes or toasted sprouted bread with avocado, an apple with nut butter. 

Sea salt, chilli sauce, Furikake (Japanese sesame seed seasoning), chia seeds, pumpkin and sesame seeds (so good in salads, on toast, on smoothie bowls), tahini.

Himalayan salt, crushed black peppers, good quality ghee, lemon juice, fresh chillies, Zaatar. 

Wild salmon, free-range eggs, cooked legumes and lentils, quinoa, all sorts of beans, chickpeas.  

Always check the ingredients. Look for sugar, which can come in multiple forms, E numbers, MSG and MSG derivatives. Be aware of gluten-free ingredients, a lot of them have added sugar. Remember that real ingredients do not have labels. They are the best! ;) 

My local farmers market, Borough Market. As well as Broadway Market in East London. Ocado/Waitrose Online Shop. They have a great variety of good quality products, often have offers on and teh delivery is always spot on time. Whole Foods and Planet Organic for a few bits here and there, when on sale. 

I buy organic fresh produce as much as possible. I do my best to at least buy the fruit & veggies under the Dirty Dozen list, always organic. 

I buy organic fresh produce as much as possible. I do my best to at least buy the fruit & veggies under the Dirty Dozen list, always organic.