5 Foods To Always Have In Your Fridge

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2014

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A fridge filled with health-promoting ingredients is an amazing thing. Next time you stand there scanning the shelves, make sure these foods are within reach.

1)    Homemade Salad Dressing
Think that bottled dressings are just as good as homemade? Check the ingredient list and it might change your mind. Most store-bought bottles are high in sodium, added sugars and other highly processed ingredients. The best bet is to whip up your own batch.

2)    Sliced Fruit
People who put prepped and sliced fruit front-and-center tend to reach for it more often. Instead of letting fresh fruit get buried and rot in the crisper drawer before you get a chance to eat it, keep seasonal goodies in your line of sight so you can always grab a nutritious snack.

3)    Mustard
Hot, mild, Dijon or grainy, this low-calorie condiment is a good shortcut to make multiple sauces, marinades and salad dressings. Use Dijon to make a basic sauce for a 20-minute roasted salmon dinner or work it into a vinaigrette to drizzle over veggies for a simple side dish.

4)    Yogurt
Yogurt’s reputation has gotten a significant upgrade in recent years, with many people gaining a better appreciation for the dairy product’s easy adaptability in smoothies, sauces, dressings and marinades. Along with its creamy texture and tangy flavor, yogurt gives a boost of calcium, vitamin D and protein to sweet and savory recipes alike. (See the results of our Nonfat Greek Yogurt Taste Test.)

5)    Hot Sauce
A fridge should always be stocked with a little excitement. Whatever your preference — Asian-inspired Sriracha or Mexican- and Louisiana-style pepper sauces — a few dashes of hot sauce can brighten dishes instantly.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (10)

  1. [...] 4) Yogurt Yogurt’s reputation has gotten a significant upgrade in recent years, with many people …read more [...]

  2. @nguacon01 says:

    you can leave the garlic in the refrigerator deodorizer

  3. @nguacon01 says:

    you can leave the garlic in the refrigerator deodorizer

  4. @nguacon01 says:

    you can leave the garlic in the refrigerator deodorizer

  5. jeri says:

    Good list, but how could you forget eggs?

  6. Janet T. says:

    Hot sauce and mustard are not really foods, they are food enhancers.

  7. CookieWoman says:

    That's true about Hot sauce and Mustard they are indeed food enhancers not really what you would call food and you might not even call them food enhancers Though they do create some different kind of flavors Like For Instance Hot Sauce Makes Things Hot and Mustard Makes Some Things Taste Better !! Kind of Like Sugar or Honey or even Salt & Pepper !!

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