Having to run out to the store (or worse a restaurant) because you don’t have groceries is a waste of your time, gas and money. Earlier I shared items always stocked in the pantry and freezer. Part three of the trilogy a list of the 10 essentials in the refrigerator.
1. Dairy. I try to get three servings a day of dairy so have a variety of products including cheeses, milk and yogurt. They are all low-fat or nonfat. I’m a fan of non-fat greek yogurt which I mix with fresh fruit. We often have child-friendly yogurt for my grandson.
2. Hummus. It’s really hard to stop eating this stuff so I measure it out and use it as a spread on crackers or to dip vegetables. My favorite variety is roasted pepper!
3. Eggs. This food is a great source of protein so we try to have it a couple of times a week. I also usually have a container of egg beaters on hand.
4.Vegetables. I struggle to eat the recommended daily vegetable recommendations. They are just not my favorite but I keep working on it. We stock salad mix(es) which does help in eating salads more often. I also stock baby carrots and grape tomatoes.
5. Fruit. Whatever is in season is usually in the fridge. It can vary from blueberries to watermelon.
6. Lunch Meats. The usual fare at lunch is a sandwich so we stock lean ham and turkey to eat. Sometimes, we’ll have bacon on hand, but we’re trying to make the switch to turkey bacon when we do buy it.
7. Water. There’s a Britta pitcher with water. This keeps it chilled for us and the pet dishes.
8. Condiments. Our fridge has the usual complement of condiments to add flavor to what we eat. This includes ketchup, mustard, relish, worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.
9. Soda. I’m a little embarrassed to report that we almost always have three different kinds of soda pop in the fridge. I’m a caffeine free Diet Coke fiend while my husband prefers Coke Zero.
10. Dessert. A meal should end with a sweet, right? Well, for those times I have some sugar free pudding or applesauce on hand.
Keeping the refrigerator stocked is part of our strategy to eat healthier and save money. What essentials would you add?