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Keep These 5 Foods Stocked in Your Fridge

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

By , YMCA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Hi, folks! In my previous post, we went over the 6 items to banish from your refrigerator. When we’re working hard to create healthier habits, it’s self-sabotage to see unhealthy things every time we open that door. So, now that you know what to ditch, let’s talk about what to keep around! Here’s my quick list of healthy items for your fridge.

5 types of food to keep on hand

  1. Produce. We all know the benefits of plant foods. Keeping veggies, fruit, and fresh herbs on the shelves will help you meet the 5-per-day goal!

  2. Eggs. These offer an excellent source of protein and a powerhouse of nutrients. One 90-calorie egg provides you with protein, vitamin D, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, phosphorus, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

  3. Fresh salsa. It's low in calories, rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Salsa is a perfect addition to rice bowls, omelets, tacos, wraps or as part of a snack.

  4. Low fat milk, unsweetened almond or soy milk. Cow's milk and soy milk are great sources of calcium and rich in protein. While almond milk doesn't pack the same protein punch, it is high in vitamin E. U.S. News offers a chart of different milk varieties for you to compare and choose.

  5. Hummus. This low-calorie, nutrient-packed dip is made from chick peas. Hummus pairs wonderfully with veggies and spreads easily on sandwiches/wraps. Try making your own with this recipe.

Get more nutrition tips and recipes on our healthy living blog, and learn about the nutrition counseling offered at our centers. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can help you grow stronger and healthier!

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