If you’re trying to build a Healthy Fridge the best way to start is by just getting rid of everything in the fridge right away. Yes, you heard correct THROW IT OUT!!
Ok, maybe not everything…but you know what I mean…throw out anything that is:
- Not healthy and you KNOW it…but you can’t bring yourself to throw it away because it would be so wasteful (you can always donate it, or give it to a friend!)
- Something you know you will never eat (like that hot sauce buried in the back of the fridge if you can’t take the heat)
- Any expired food
Having a clean slate will allow space for all of your new healthy foods! It will also allow you to easily ORGANIZE your fridge so that you will make the best and healthiest choices every day.
Healthy “Fit Fridge Staples”
Organic Free-Range Eggs – For many years, these little guys have gotten a bad rap, but more research has come to show that eggs are one of the best sources of protein available. And with SO MANY ways to prepare eggs or use them in other dishes, I can easily go through 3 dozen eggs in a single week!…oh, and let’s not forget eggs are pretty cheap in comparison to other protein sources! I always try to get organic, pasture-raise chicken — a little pricier, but trust me once you taste the difference you will never want to go back! I also like to hard-boil a half dozen or so each week so that I have a great “grab-n-go” snack that is filling and nutrient dense.
Non-Fat PLAIN Greek Yogurt – This is one of my MUSTS for a healthy fridge. It’s my absolute favorite healthy ingredient swap for making a healthy dish! I love to mix fresh fruit, vanilla, and Homemade Granola into plain Greek yogurt for a healthy protein packed breakfast, 20+ grams of protein without all the added sugary syrup that those already fruit-loaded ones have. Try using Greek yogurt in baking as a substitute for oil or butter. You can even make yummy desserts with it such as our Chocolate chip Cookie Dough Yogurt or Peach Popsicles!
Fresh Lean Protein – Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Lean Ground Beef, anything that is lower in fat and high in protein. I always have some organic ground turkey in the freezer as well as a few wild salmon fillets. I buy a bulk pack of organic, antibiotic-free chicken each week at Whole Foods, and I prepare it all on Sunday for my meals throughout the week! I always prepare some Simple Herbed Salmon each week to make sure I get omega-3s for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Ezekiel Tortillas or Bread – These are great for when you want to make things like Skinny Fish Tacos, Skinny Baja Chicken Tacos, or Skinny Pizza! They’re also great for making healthy wraps for lunch or even quick breakfast wraps. Ezekiel Bread (or buns, or even pita!) is great for healthy sandwiches or for tasty turkey burgers!
Almond Butter – If you haven’t been able to tell from my homemade almond butter, my five-minute freezer fudge, or my almond butter brownies… I LOVE almond butter! Almond butter (or peanut, or cashew, or whatever your fancy…) is a great way to get healthy fats, protein, and can fill you up more than just your average apple slices. If you don’t want to make it you can also buy it — I LOVE Justin’s for when I’m not in the mood to bust out my food processor.
Filtered Water – Having ice cold water in my pūr water filter makes it much easier for me to drink plenty of water. I just can’t get myself to drink room temp water. BLAH! Filtered water makes sure your water stays free of harmful contaminants that tap water can have. You may also like to have some cold infused water or infused green tea in your fridge too if you’re not one for just plain water! I’m LOVING iced peppermint tea right now, and always have it in my fridge!
What are some healthy staples in your refrigerator?