Here’s a neat article from AskMen.com. It provides a wonderful way to healthy by eliminating temptations. Start by stocking your fridge with all the good stuff! I eat most of these anyways, so it is very useful.
Despite what some of you may think, the refrigerator is not just a place for Coke, beer and last night’s leftovers. It’s also the appliance responsible for storing a lot of the healthier things that we eat. In an age where our cupboards and pantries are filled to the brim with junk food and preservative-packed delicacies, your tall appliance should be a haven for healthy fridge staples.
It isn’t hard to stock up on healthy fridge staples. The key is to pick out the essentials and make sure they’re always on hand. The items your fridge should never be without are those that should be consumed regularly to ensure the right nutrients make their way into your body. These are foods that should, and need to be, bought fresh.
Plain and simple, your body needs water. It helps clean out toxins and it channels nutrients to all your needy cells. Without enough water, you’ll dehydrate, get headaches and find it more difficult to function. Water really is essential to your well-being.
Daily serving: Bottled water might be nice on the go, but save some cash and get a jug that filters water to keep in your fridge at all times. The average person should consume at least eight glasses a day.
2. Orange juice
This is one of the most nutrient-rich fruit juices you can buy, hence why it’s a great healthy fridge staple. Studies have credited it with more health benefits than you can count. These include everything from boosting your immune system to keeping your blood pressure in check. Orange juice is also chock-full of vitamin C, which can help combat common colds.
Daily serving: You should stock your fridge with pure orange juice. Remember that orange “flavored” drinks aren’t the same. Serve yourself 8 oz a day and try to drink it in the morning.
Eggs are not only cheap, but they also tend to keep for a decent span of time as well. They are a great source of protein and though they are high in cholesterol, it’s the kind your body will put to good use. Eat in moderation and remember that eggs aren’t just a breakfast food — you can have eggs for lunch and even supper.
Daily serving: Eggs are great because they’re quick to make and there are dozens of ways to make them. Some say that an egg a day is healthy; this is debated, but having at least a few servings a week will definitely do your system good.
Milk is rich in protein. It also has a lot of calcium, which, as the commercials have been telling us for years, is great for the bones. Pay attention to the percentage of milk you take in though. As children, we need whole, 3.25% milk, but as we get older that fattier milk tends to be more detrimental than beneficial. As an adult, consider 1% or even skim milk (if you dare) instead of whole milk. You’ll still get all the nutrients milk has to offer without all the nasty, fatty side effects.
Daily serving: You should have at least three cups of milk a day. This can include other milk products, like cheese. Its naturally high protein count also makes it a great post-workout drink.
5. Non-fat yogurt
Yogurt is a great healthy fridge staple because it stays fresh for a good couple of weeks. It can also be a treat on its own or used as an ingredient in a number of recipes. Plus, it’s a key ingredient to healthy, tasty smoothies. As a dairy product, yogurt is loaded with calcium, protein and lots of vitamins.
Daily serving: A yogurt a day is a good idea. If nothing else, you should at least keep it around as a handy alternative to unhealthy snack foods.
Lemons are a versatile citrus fruit that can be used to flavor your daily glasses of water, replace salad dressing and so much more. Lemons are a diuretic, a source of vitamin C and can be used as a home remedy for halitosis (bad breath) and hangovers. Make sure to have this healthy fridge staple stocked at all times.
Daily serving: Add a squeeze of lemon juice to your food whenever you can. Try steaming salmon with lemon wedges or add a wedge to your next bottle of water before you run out. Using lemons to add some flavor is convenient and healthy.
Carrots: The other vegetable. They aren’t green but they are healthy. Thought to help reduce cholesterol, , carrots are loaded with vitamin A and have many health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart attacks and fighting the effects of macular degeneration. They stay fresh for a long time in the fridge and are easy to chop up for an on-the-go snack anytime of the day.
Daily serving: A carrot a day will do you good. Of course, this counts toward your recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables. And try eating your carrots without dressing as often as possible — they have all the nutrients they need without extras added in.
8. Mixed greens
Not all green vegetables are created equal, and some are definitely more health beneficial than others. The idea, however, is to keep a nice variety stocked in your fridge at all times. The nutrients in fresh greens are essential to keeping the body healthy. And with a wide selection of veggies included in your healthy fridge staples, you’ll ensure that every meal you make has a healthy side dish to accompany it.
Daily serving: You should have about three cups of green vegetables a day. Eating them raw in a salad is the healthiest choice, but lightly cooking them or steaming them still leaves in most of the nutrients. Some nutritionists promote the half-plate rule: For each meal, have a half a plate of any vegetables/greens, while the remaining half is split into a quarter starch and a quarter meat/protein. But this rule can be dangerous depending on the size of your dinner plates.
9. 100% natural peanut butter
Best kept in the fridge, natural peanut butter is a great source of protein and contains high levels of antioxidants. It lasts for a very long time, so you don’t have to fear it ever going to waste. The reason this peanut butter is kept in the fridge is due to it’s lack of preservatives — it tends to be more liquid in consistency than regular peanut butter. If you prefer your peanut butter warm, just make sure you stir natural peanut butter before spreading it on whole wheat toast or crackers. Also, keep in mind that there are alternatives to standard peanut butter, such as almond butter and cashew butter.
Daily serving: Use your 100% peanut butter as an alternative to actual butter on your toast. Put it on your celery stick while filling up on your daily veggie needs. Basically, it’s good to simply put peanut butter into your regular routine. But, don’t forget that even natural peanut butter has fat (just think about the layer of oil you’ll be stirring into the peanut butter if you keep it in the cupboard), so try and keep your intake to one serving a day, which could vary per individual.
10. Cranberry juice
Cranberry juice is loaded with potassium, fiber and vitamins like C, A and B. This healthy fridge staple is proven to fight several kinds of infections and helps your body promote healthy blood flow. It is also known to help with kidney function and can ward off kidney infections and maintain urinary tract health, helping to keep you functioning regularly. Be careful about sugar content though. While you might be tempted to get the sweeter version — cranberry juice can be quite bitter — know that the benefits of all-natural cranberry juice are worth the tangy experience.
Daily serving: It’s recommended that you drink at least a glass of cranberry juice daily so as to take full advantage of its health benefits. Morning, afternoon or night, this stuff is just good for you.
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Even if you live a fast-paced, on-the-go kind of life, it’s still possible to eat well by stocking up on healthy fridge staples. And it’s important to make sure that the foods you have in your fridge promote healthy eating. As a society, we are driven by the instant-gratification desire, and our snacking and eating habits tend to reflect that. But, take the time to research healthier foods and your body is sure to thank you for it. Just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t taste good or fill you up.