A Nutritionist Looks Inside Our Fridges

WRITTEN BY Jessica Nelson, RDN, NASM-CPT

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Did we pass the test?

We like to think of ourselves as conscious grocery shoppers here at HUM. This week, we put that to the test and invited Jessica Nelson, RDN, NASM-CPT to take a look inside of our fridges. She shares her expertise on where we’re winning in our grocery shopping—and where we need some help.

Walter, CEO & Co-FounderInside the Fridge of HUM Nutrition's CEO & Co-Founder - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Within your fridge is…

Walter: Berries, flaxseed bread, smoked salmon, pesto, pasture-raised eggs, marinara sauce, organic unsweetened vanilla hemp and coconut milks, avocados (I use them in place of butter), two beers, an onion, and lots of oranges to make fresh juice in the morning.

Nutritionist says…

Jessica: I see some good sources of omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, flax bread, avocados, eggs, and hemp milk. These are essential for overall health and key for improving the look and feel of your skin. You might try swapping out the coconut and hemp milk for a non-dairy option that provides more protein; look for ones with added pea protein, for example. Some additional complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, squash, quinoa, or green peas will provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber for blood sugar control and regularity.

Chris, COO & Co-FounderInside the Fridge of HUM Nutrition's COO & Co-Founder - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Within your fridge is…

Chris: Whole-grain bread, sesame seeds, muesli, sun-dried tomatoes, dijon mustard, chardonnay, organic two-percent milk, soy creamer, miso ginger broth, tilapia, and a fruit cup.

Nutritionist says…

Jessica: Whole-grain bread is an excellent choice and ensures you’re getting more fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, and phosphorous per serving than processed white bread. To get more fresh fruit and vegetable servings into your diet, try buying pre-cut options for convenience and stocking them at eye level so you’re more likely to reach for them.

Amy, Senior Director of Digital & Marketing

Inside the Fridge of HUM Nutrition's Senior Director of Digital & Marketing - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Within your fridge is…

Amy: Hummus, kimchi, cranberry juice, cold-pressed juice, salsa, low-fat Swiss and cheddar cheeses, organic corn tortillas, organic nitrite-free sliced deli meats, eggs and egg whites, greek yogurt, pulled chicken, sourdough bread, diet soda, vitaminwater zero, and protein shakes (not mine!).

Nutritionist says…

Jessica: A lot of hydrating drinks! Getting in adequate water and low-calorie fluids is vital for everyday functions like ridding your body of unwanted toxins to improve your skin from the inside out. Next, t’s ideal to have five to seven ounces of lean animal protein per day and meet the rest of our protein needs in the form of dairy (one or two low-fat servings per day) or plant-based proteins (one serving per day) like nuts, seeds, or beans.

Athena, Director of Education

Inside the Fridge of HUM Nutrition's Director of Education - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Within your fridge is…

Athena: Kale, zucchini, asparagus, snap peas, cilantro, leftover quinoa, unsweetened hemp milk, nutritional yeast, organic eggs, yeast-free and sprouted manna bread (it’s delicious with ghee or avocado), grapefruits (very tasty with cinnamon!), green powders, probiotics, champagne, and Aperol.

Nutritionist says…

Jessica: It’s wonderful to see lots of greens that are bountiful in nutrients like iron, calcium, and antioxidants. I’d recommend getting in other colors of vegetables like tomatoes, blueberries, mango, or cauliflower to provide different nutrients. I’m not positive, but this looks like the fridge of a vegetarian. In that case, getting adequate protein is an important focus. Be sure to include beans and lentils in your diet. Perhaps add hummus to help round out the protein already present in this fridge.

Zena, Senior Content Manager

Inside the Fridge of HUM Nutrition's Senior Content Manager - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Inside the Fridge Door of HUM Nutrition's Senior Content Manager - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Within your fridge is…

Zena: Most of these are ingredients for a spicy chicken tortilla soup and a beef stew! Parsley, cilantro, celery, carrots, jalapeno, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, fresh thyme, the most expensive eggs I could find, stewing beef, bone-in chicken, LaCroix, mayo, salsa, Irish butter, organic low-sodium vegetable broth, unsweetened almond milk, and a rosé flavored kombucha (yum!).

Nutritionist says…

Jessica: The low-sodium broth is a good choice. Buying low-sodium or no-added-salt products helps us stay within a daily 2,300 to 3,400 milligram range to protect our hearts. Don’t forget to include starchy vegetables and fruit to feel full throughout the day!

What’s within your fridge?

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