When you’re hungry, even the best laid diet plans can go to waste.
The key is to plan ahead and stock your fridge with a few key staples to make sure there’s always something healthy waiting for you when you go on a hunt for a snack.
Now is the perfect time to discuss it, with National Nutrition Month in March!
Here are 9 great foods to keep in your fridge, according to Certified Nutritionist Judy Nicassio of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale:
1. Plain Yogurt: It’s loaded with calcium, high-quality protein, and probiotics — bacteria that are good for your gut and may be linked to healthier cholesterol levels.
2. Berries: They’re low in calories and high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber — and that makes them good for heart and brain health, and they may help protect against certain cancers as well.
3. Turkey: It’s low in fat and sodium, and high in protein. And versatile, too: Wrap some turkey breast in a whole-wheat tortilla for a snack or take it to work for lunch.
4. Salsa: Make some yourself — it’s a healthy, easy way to put some zip into egg dishes, soups, and sauces.
5. Hummus: Skip the pita chips. Try some with veggies like sliced cucumbers, carrots, or cherry tomatoes.
6. Celery: Loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium and calcium, it’s perfect for stocks, salads or a finger food: Spread peanut butter on it or dip it in hummus.
7. Eggs: They have amino acids your body needs to make your cells work, and they’re loaded with nutrients like vitamin D, which isn’t in many foods.
8. Fresh Pasta: It also has a low glycemic index, which means that it lets sugar into your bloodstream more slowly than other foods, curbing your hunger as well as the blood sugar spikes that can be bad for your health.
9. Avocado: Yes, it’s full of fat, but it’s the “good” fat — the kind that is linked to good heart health and good cholesterol levels.