Making sure your fridge is always stocked with healthy ‘go-to’ items can mean the difference between hitting the drive-through on your way home from work, or cooking up something fast and nutritious when you get home.
So what items should you always keep in the fridge?
According to Women’s Health, these are the six staple items Abbie Gellman, a registered dietician and chef at the Institute of Culinary Education, always keeps in her fridge.
Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
“I often prep meals or ingredients for the week ahead, I like to make overnight oats a couple of times a week using almond milk. It’s a delicious, nutritious option not only for overnight oats but also for steel-cut oats, cereal, baked oatmeal, and many other breakfast ideas,” Gellman told Women’s Health.
Plain Greek Yogurt
“Plain Greek yogurt is super versatile and I use it for a wide range of dishes,” Gellman shares. “It’s packed full of nutrients, with an average of 15 grams of protein per serving and is a good source of calcium, vitamin B12, and much more.”
Gellman told Women’s Health, she will use yogurt in place of mayonnaise, top it with fresh fruit, use it as a topping for baked potatoes and use it when making baked goods such as muffins and pancakes.
“Eggs are another staple in my diet and my fridge. They’re super versatile, delicious, and healthy,” Gellman told Women’s Health.“One egg contains 6 grams of lean protein. In addition, eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin.”
“I always have a wide range of veggies in my refrigerator. Year-round, I always have carrots, celery, leafy greens, cauliflower, and broccoli,” Gellman says.“Many of the other vegetables depend on the season, but often my produce drawer is super packed. Vegetables provide an assortment of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber.”
“I cut up a bunch of acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, whatever comes in my box, to about the same size, and roast them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper,” Gellman told Women’s Health readers.“I have those for the whole week and use them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a thousand different ways.”
Not only does Gellman like to stock her fridge with a wide variety of fruit, but she also makes sure her freezer is well stocked with fruit during the winter months.
“I don’t drink soda, so I like the fizzy quality. I also don’t drink caffeine after the morning because it keeps me up, so I like having a non-caffeinated (or decaffeinated, if there’s tea in it) beverage in the afternoon that’s refreshing,” Gellman told Women’s Health. “Kombucha is fermented, so a lot of the good probiotics and gut health that goes along with that is a positive. Plus, there isn’t a lot of sugar in it.”