Disclosure: Guest Post by Rachael Gerkensmeyer
By taking the time to pre-plan and stock your fridge with healthy items for the ahead, you will likely find it’s much easier to adhere to a healthy lifestyle without feeling hungry and deprived throughout any given day. Modernize recommends stocking your fridge with the following 10 items to help ensure a full belly and a healthy body:
Consuming nuts on a regular basis provides protection from Alzheimer’s disease and helps to improve cognitive function. Nuts such as macadamias, pecans, and pistachios may even reduce the risk of developing heart disease and some cancers. Add them to salads or eat them by the handful! (Unless of course, if you’re allergic, then you know to stay away.)
Whole grains, like rolled oats, offer a myriad of health benefits to take advantage of such as optimal weight control, blood sugar regulation, and a big dose of essential minerals. Toasted oats will help regulate your blood pressure levels and help you feel full throughout the day too.
Fresh herbs are filled with minerals like calcium, and they pack a huge punch of antioxidants that are effective at enhancing the immune system. Basil, mint, parsley, and thyme are excellent flavor enhancers for dishes including soups, salads, pastas, and even smoothies.
For an infusion of energy and vitamin C, it’s a good idea to keep a pitcher of orange juice in the fridge to accompany meals and snacks throughout the day. Fresh squeezed is best, but frozen and pre-packaged options that are not from concentrate are almost as potent when it comes to nutrients.
The crunch of carrots help to keep teeth white and healthy while providing an impressive dose of B vitamins with each bite. Pre-peeled and cut carrots are perfect snacks as-is, and they make for great vessels when you’re in the mood for dip.
Filled with vitamin K and folate, the power of broccoli is known to help prevent and fight cancer cells when eaten raw—so keep a couple heads in your fridge to use in salads, homemade pesto (blend the broccoli with herbs, pine nuts, and lemon juice), and sandwiches.
Baby spinach is an awesome fridge accompaniment because it’s super tender and features a mild flavor that is easy to tolerate in salad, soup, and as a garnish. Baby leaves of spinach won’t affect the overall flavor of your meals, so don’t be afraid to use it by the handful.
Hearty and healthy, hummus is a must-have due to its versatility and flavor options. The chickpeas in hummus provide an excellent source of fiber, and the healthy fats typically included in traditional recipes will keep you satisfied between meals.
As a low-fat alternative to salad dressings, dips, and meal toppings, salsa fits the bill whether you’re enjoying a fiesta inspired dinner, a veggie wrap lunch, or a scrambled egg breakfast. The fresh tomatoes in salsa are renowned for their lycopene content, and the included capsaicin from the peppers naturally stimulates the metabolism.
When it comes to enhancing the flavor of food, garlic is hard to beat. A little bit goes a long way, and in addition to indulgent flavor, each bite features an array of antioxidants to help keep the body healthy. Choose minced garlic in the jar at your local store, or mine your own and store it in a sealable container.
When your fridge is full of healthy yet tasty ingredients, getting your hands on a snack or prepping a meal for your family should be a breeze.
Rachael Gerkensmeyer has been a professional freelance writer and homesteader since 2000, specializing in content marketing as well as green living, and has effectively tackled topics of all kinds. She has a passion for promoting earthling equality and creating sustainable lifestyles that have a positive impact on people, the planet, and the animals we share our world with.