For some people, coming up with healthy, easy meals is no trouble at all. For most people, the process is a struggle, from trying to figure out what foods are nutritious to deciding what you should always be buying from the grocery store.
With so much to think about, it can be tempting to take the easy route and continue to eat out at a restaurant, but with a little bit of knowledge and planning, you can make healthy eating easier by keeping the right foods on hand at all times. Having healthier food in the house makes you more likely to eat it, so it’s important to stock up on the right stuff.
Next time you’re hitting up the grocery store and you aren’t sure what to buy, load up on these seven foods that you should keep in your fridge to make healthy eating easier.
“Berries might just be one of the most health-friendly foods to store in your fridge,” says Rene Ficek, RD and Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. “All berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries) are bursting with flavor and nutrients and make an incredibly tasty addition to yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, salads, or alone as a delicious snack.”
“We always think of eggs for breakfast, but they really shine at any meal and will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 5 weeks,” says clinical nutritionist Tara Coleman. “You can add them to a salad for lunch or create a frittata with frozen veggies and cheese for dinner.”
“Most people will think greens are only for salads, but they are actually quite versatile,” says Ficek. “Spinach is a powerhouse food full of Vitamin A, C and K, magnesium, iron, calcium, flavonoids, and phytoecdysteroids. Spinach can be thrown into sauces, soups, stews, or sautéed with a little extra-virgin olive oil, and garlic for a delicious side dish.”
“Hummus is a nutritional all-star,” says Ficek. “Made of chickpeas, hummus is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to maintain cholesterol levels while insoluble fiber prevents constipation.” Dip vegetables in hummus when you need a healthy snack, or use it as a dressing for a lighter salad.
5. Greek Yogurt
“Always keep plain Greek yogurt on hand,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN. “It’s a fabulous source of easy and fast protein to add to fruit and oatmeal, as a substitute for mayo in tuna salad, as an alternative to oil for baking, and so much more.”
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“Avocado has almost the entire daily recommendation of fiber for women,” says Rebecca Lewis, in-house RD at HelloFresh. “It is an excellent and healthy source of fats, and extremely versatile. It tastes delicious on everything from breakfast, snacks, lunch, or dinner, and the combination of fiber and fat keeps hunger pangs away. ”
7. Pre-Chopped Vegetables
“When you have a giant bunch of celery or a few bell peppers in your fridge, those are not things you are going to reach for when you want a quick snack,” says Dr. Candice Seti, Psy.D., CPT, CNC. “However, if that celery and those bell peppers are already chopped into small sticks, they are easy to grab and munch on quickly.”