Best Foods to Keep in Your Fridge

Best Foods to Keep in Your Fridge

 

Plan Ahead

You’re hungry and staring into your fridge, but is there anything healthy in there? Stock up on a few key staples to make sure there’s something good waiting for you.

 

Turkey

It’s low in fat and sodium, and high in protein. And versatile, too: Wrap some turkey breast in a whole-wheat tortilla for a snack or take it to work for lunch.

 

Salsa

Make some yourself — it’s a healthy, easy way to put some zip into egg dishes, soups, and sauces. Use it instead of oily dressings on vegetables and heartier salads, too. But be forewarned: Health benefits decline, in a big way, if you eat it with a giant bag of heavily salted, processed, deep-fried corn chips.

 

Hummus

This Middle Eastern dip — traditionally made with chickpeas, garlic, and olive oil — is low in fat and calories and high in protein and fiber. Chickpeas are legumes, which can be good for people with high blood pressure and diabetes. They also can lower your cholesterol and may help protect you against cancer. And skip the pita chips. Try some with veggies like sliced cucumbers, carrots, or cherry tomatoes.

 

Eggs

They have amino acids your body needs to make your cells work, and they’re loaded with nutrients like vitamin D, which isn’t in many foods. At just a few cents per egg, they’re an amazing deal for such a high-quality protein.

 

Kale

It’s is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, with only 33 calories per 2.5-ounce serving. Sautee it with chopped onion in olive oil for an easy and quick side dish for chicken and beef.

 

Plain Yogurt

It’s loaded with calcium, high-quality protein, and probiotics — bacteria that are good for your gut and may be linked to healthier cholesterol levels. People who eat yogurt are less likely to be obese or have heart disease, and full-fat yogurt is better for that than low-fat. Eat it with fruit or granola or use it instead of sour cream to lighten up desserts and stews.

 

Celery

Loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium and calcium, it’s perfect for stocks or salads or as a seasoning agent when you cook beef or chicken. It’s also a great finger food: You can snack on it by itself, spread peanut butter on it, or dip it in hummus.

 

Cabbage

The humble cabbage can be more useful than you might think. It comes packed with fiber, as well as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. It’s great for coleslaw and other salads or steamed as a side dish. Cabbage also works as a kind of wrap in place of bread — a great way to cut back on calories and add nutrition.

 

Avocado

Yes, it’s full of fat, but it’s the “good” fat — the kind that is linked to good heart health and good cholesterol levels. Plus, it is delicious with eggs or spread on a thin piece of whole grain toast with nothing but salt and pepper.

 

Berries

They’re low in calories and high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber — and that makes them good for heart and brain health, and they may help protect against certain cancers as well. Plus, they’re delicious. Use them in a salad or eat them with some yogurt and granola for dessert.

 

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