welcome to the newest edition of “shut the fridge,” a series that peeks into the most intimate shelves of our favorite movers & shakers-the refrigerator.

today i’m silly, stupid happy to have my friend and boss, carly farmer, explain how food integrates into her busy life. carly is the owner of orange county’s premier boutique yoga and pilates studio, villa pilates and yoga. with “villa” carly has created a beautiful space – with bamboo floors, open beam ceilings, non-toxic paint, and natural lighting. this friendly and relaxing environment is dedicated to transforming the body and spirit. a newport beach native, carly farmer, promotes a healthy neighborhood vibe and an eco state of mind.

let’s take a peek at carly’s fridge:


I’m the weird one that enjoys my wine more if I’m drinking it out of a pretty glass. I buy chocolate bars if I like their labels. The atmosphere in which I eat my food matters to me. I like to drink wine while I cook because it’s fun. I try to eat something green with every meal. Dessert is a must. I’ll eat meat, as long as it’s organic. Every morning starts with a green smoothie. Probiotics are mandatory. Super foods are cool. I’m a sucker for gourmet markets and a good deli case.


I actually believe that someone’s fridge says just as much about them as the clothes that they wear or how they choose to decorate their home.

I don’t know whether to categorize myself as a health nut or a foodie? I guess a combination of both. Dr Habib Sadeghi says it perfectly – “A lot of people think great flavor is an afterthought when it comes to ‘healthy’ food, but if we are to be fully nourished by food, it needs to taste wonderful.”


I do truly believe in the power of food and that you are what you eat. Fruits and vegetables really do make you look and feel good, but every once in a while it’s fun to be a bottle of champagne or a piece of coconut cake.

With all this talk about food and how much it matters to me, you’d think I’d have a more impressive fridge! I am 27, single, and a working stiff! I’m hardly ever home, and when I am, I didn’t know I was going to be. My fridge will be so much more fun and colorful when I’m older and have a family of my own. That is actually something I look forward to.

I have three rules for my fridge. Food should be real. Food should taste good. Food should heal. With that being said, here’s a look into my fridge this week:

My morning smoothie essentials:

spinach and kale + unsweetened original almond milk ( I have a big enough sweet tooth as it is, so I prefer no added sugar in things that don’t count as “dessert” ) + raw almond butter (I grind my own at Mother’s) + chia seeds (fiber and omega 3’s) + bee pollen (gives you a buzz!) + banana + ice .

Lunch lately has been consisting of an organic turkey sandwich on sprouted whole wheat bread (usually Ezekiel or spelt bread). I toast my bread and top it with my mom’s basil pesto + slice of yummy Manchego cheese. (that cheese also tastes delicious with that fig jam from A market on top of a rainforest crisp cracker)

Grapes + blueberries for snacking. Half a bottle of la crema chardonnay because I can never seem to finish a bottle. Champagne for celebrating. Dates for my sweet tooth when I’m being extra good. Arugula parmesan cheese shavings + pine nuts + lemon for a simple side salad when I need something green.

A collection of dark chocolate bars for dessert. Honeycomb + bread crumbs maca are this weeks flavas. Lemons + Limes + mint to spike my water and dress my salads.


Vegetable pizzas from Zinc, kale salad from A market, + lemon quinoa from Mother’s – meals on the go! Organic + cold pressed Ritual juice –  juice on the go! I choose clean + basic greens because of the lower sugar content.

Braggs amino acids is like a healthy soy sauce for stir-fries. I just love Papayas and they have some great digestive enzymes. Cacao nibs to decorate my vanilla almond milk ice cream.

I think it’s fun to buy large beers to share with guests and pour in pretty glasses. My family loves IPA beers – Racer 5 + Big Daddy are two of our faves.


 As for my top/medicine shelf – Probiotics for a healthy tummy, Fish oil for omega 3’s,Green Tea extract (with EGCG) for healthy cells, and Biotin for healthy skin + hair.

 “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” Fracois de la rochefoucauld

thank you so much carly girl. i love you to death and i’m even more inspired by your commitment to living such a health-conscious life.