Spring is a time to clean, rearrange and start fresh. Let’s take a look at what’s in our fridge and discuss what should be in our fridge.
When we have healthy ingredients and snacks readily available, it is much easier to eat responsibly.
Here are 13 items that should always be in the fridge:
- Whole-Wheat Tortillas – these wraps are full of complex carbs that will not spike your blood sugar. They are great for throwing together a sandwich, quesadilla or quick snack.
- Bananas – These sweet treats are delicious and full of potassium and fiber. They can be used in smoothies, cereal, or dipped in almond butter.
- Miso (low sodium) – This unusual soybean paste is full of immune boosting nutrients and can be used in a variety of dishes. Mix with hot water for a soup base, use as a marinade for seafood, or blend with spices for a light salad dressing.
- Eggs – Protein packed and super versatile, these low-calorie kitchen staples are great for any meal of the day. Hard-boiled, scrambled, fried, deviled, or tossed on a salad, eggs are an easy and healthy way to add protein and flavor to any meal.
- Milk – A staple in the kitchen, whether it is nonfat, soy or almond, milk can be easily used to blend smoothies or coat cereal while providing a boost of calcium.
- Almonds – These wholesome nuts can be a great alternative to crunchy, salty snacks. Toss them in cereal, smoothies or yogurt for a healthy and tasty crunch.
- Peanut Butter – When eaten in moderation, this nutrient packed spread provides a filling alternative to butter or sour cream based dips or spreads. Also try almond, cashew or walnut butter.
- Cottage Cheese – Extremely versatile, you can add veggies for a savory snack or fruit for a low-calorie dessert. Packed full of casein, this light snack will also keep you full longer!
- Mushrooms – Full of antioxidants and nutrients, these fungi can be tossed into a salad, omelet or stir-fry.
- Edamame – Full of calcium, iron and several other vitamins and minerals, the mild and nutty flavor of edamame can be used in several dishes. Blend into a dip, toss in a salad or crunch on freshly steamed beans!
- Nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt – A necessity for smoothies, snacks, and desserts, you can also use this fridge staple to replace heavy creams in dips or entrees. Yogurt is high in calcium, protein and is proven to boost your immune system.
- Lemons – Perfect for salad dressings, marinades or spicing up a glass of water, these fruits are tasty, versatile and full of immune boosting Vitamin C.
- Fresh Greens – Make a light salad, add to a wrap, top with cottage cheese or wilt as a simple side dish. Greens are full of vitamins, nutrients, low in calories and versatile enough to fit into any meal.