Especially for those of us who work from home, the refrigerator is a very tempting monster in the kitchen. It’s mid-morning and you feel like your breakfast was yesterday. Your tummy is growling and begging to be fed. Or the late night news is on and you just need a little something to hold you over til the morning. It’s tempting to grab the sugar-laced stuff, but if you have good, healthy choices in the fridge, then you won’t find yourself 5 pounds heaver in three months.
We are providing you a list of 10 great foods to keep in your fridge. Stock these foods and you will always be ready to have a delicious, guilt-free snack.
10. Edamame – snack on steamed edamame that are full of iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. It is a Japanese soybean that has a great nutty flavor. You can find it fresh in the seafood section or in the frozen section already shelled.
9. Cottage Cheese – this delicious snack is packed with casein, a protein that keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. On it’s own, or mix it with fresh fruit for a bit of sweetness, or almonds for a nice crunch.
8. Peanut Butter – not necessarily in the fridge, but a great, healthy snack. It is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and folate, a B vitamin. But don’t buy the processed kind off the shelf, get the fresh kind in your deli department – they literally put the roasted peanuts through a grinder, no preservatives or additives.
7. Almonds – a handful of raw almonds offer a wholesome alnterative to greasy, crunchy snakcs like potato chips and crackers). Keep them in the fridge to prevent its natural oils from oxidation.
6. Milk – you should always have low-fat or non-fat milk in the fridge. A small glass of milk is very satisfying and one 8 ounce glass per day helps to provide your daily dose of calcium. Much better for you than that scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
5. Eggs – whether you like to whip up a quick scramble or eat them hard-boiled – always keep eggs on hand. We always have a half dozen hard-boiled eggs in the fridge – remove the yolk and fill it with hummus for a delicious, well-rounded snack.
4. Miso – this may be an unexpected item to store in your fridge, but you’ll get tons of use from it. Simply mix it with hot water and it dissolves into a tasty soup. Be sure to choose a low-sodium kind.
3. Bananas – they are loaded with potassium and fiber, necessary nutrients for your daily living. Always good on their own, but enjoy with peanut butter or in your oatmeal for a more filling snack.
2. Homemade Kale Chips – so easy to do, and a great snack to have around: 1. Preheat oven to 375°F; 2. Wash 2 bunches of kale, remove stems, tear into small pieces; 3. Toss with 2 tsp olive oil and spread on baking sheet; 4. Salt lightly; 5. Bake until crisp and slightly golden around edges (10 minutes).
1. Hummus – an easy go to already prepared in your deli section. As its popularity grows, so do the varieties. Be smart – don’t mix with crackers or chips, enjoy it with sliced veggies or in a hard-boiled egg as described above.
Hope this helps you in maintaining a healthy you! If you found this story helpful, feel free to share with others.
Until next time…
Scott & Heidi