One secret to preparing healthy meals is having the right ingredients on hand. Here are some basics dietitians believe no fridge should be without:
“Eggs really are conveniently packaged, rich in nutrients, low in calories and packed with high-quality protein.
Eggs are affordable, easy protein source for breakfast, snacks, salads and dinner. Although you can eat unlimited egg whites, egg yolks are high in cholesterol.
Hard-boiled eggs for snacks or salads are okay and can be kept in the fridge.
2. Fresh veggies
Keep a variety of fresh veggies in the fridge at all times: broccoli, bell peppers, carrots and other basics. “It should make up one-third of your diet. Vegetables are packed with vitamins (A, B2, B6, C, E and K, and folate) and minerals (calcium, copper, fiber, magnesium, potassium and zinc). They can be added to soups, salads, rice, pasta, smoothies and protein shakes,”
“But beware of the high-calorie dressings,”
“Berries are low in sugar, compared to other fruits. They’re rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (specifically vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber).
4. Low-fat Greek yogurt
Plain, non-fat or low-fat Greek yoghurt is a good source of pro-biotics and protein.
5. Other lean proteins
Cooked chicken breast, grilled turkey, beans and quinoa.