The Best Foods to Stock Your Fridge

The Best Foods to Stock Your Fridge

Stocking nutritious, convenient staples in your refrigerator can save the day—and may help your health.

The Best Foods to Stock Your Fridge

Apples, Pears, Oranges and Other Fruits: Apples, pears, oranges and other fruits are naturally sweet, easy to eat and good sources of fiber and antioxidants. Choose whole fruits smaller than your closed fist or eat half of a large piece for a diabetes-friendly portion. (You can also add cut-up fruit or citrus segments to salads or yogurt.)

Fat-Free Greek Yogurt or Fat-Free Plain Yogurt: Fat-free Greek yogurt and fat-free plain yogurt are high in protein, rich tasting and creamy. Stir fresh or frozen fruit or a drizzle of honey into plain yogurt for a satisfying dessert.

Sugar-Free Fruit Spreads and Natural-Style Nut Butters: Sugar-free fruit spreads add flavor and color to breads, sandwiches or even desserts (consider using them as topping for sugar-free pudding, angel food cake or a small scoop of ice cream). Natural-style nut butters are good sources of protein and healthful fats. A thin spread of nut butter is all you need to make a quick and portable sandwich or a satisfying snack along with whole-grain crackers or apple slices.

Whole-Wheat Tortillas and Flatbreads: Whole-wheat tortillas and flatbreads are versatile and healthful options for burritos, wraps and thin-crust pizzas. Keep different flavors and sizes on hand for a variety of menu options and a creative way to add fiber.

High-Fiber Breads: High-fiber breads provide B vitamins, protein and fiber. Look for brands with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. High-fiber breads last longer when stored in the refrigerator.

Eggs: Eggs deliver high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. Whip up an omelet (with eggs, egg whites or egg substitutes) with veggies and a little cheese in about 10 minutes. Hard-cooked eggs are great for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch.

Shredded Cheese and String Cheese: Shredded cheese and string cheese are tasty foods that can add dimension and flavor to meals. Do pay attention to portion sizes, as too much cheese can contribute a lot of fat and sodium to your diet.

Packaged Salad Mixes: Packaged salad mixes make it easy to include more greens in your diet. Add slivered almonds, grilled chicken strips and a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar for a satisfying main dish with minimal cooking and cleanup. Try a variety of dark green lettuces and salad mixes so you don't get bored with your options.

Low-Fat or Fat-Free Milk (1% or Skim): Low-fat or fat-free milk (1 percent or skim) is a top source of protein and calcium, and a vitamin D-rich addition to any meal or snack. You can substitute non-dairy alternatives, such as unsweetened almond milk or soymilk, just check labels to be sure they’re fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

Shredded Cabbage: Cabbage is inexpensive and packed with vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients. Pre-shredded, it’s super-convenient. Use it to make salads and stir-fries, or stir some into soup to bump up portion size without adding many calories.

Check with your doctor about the right diet for you.

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