We’re all after a healthier lifestyle, and it starts with what you keep in your fridge. Here are the fridge essentials I keep in stock regularly, but you can add or subtract accordingly to your preference. This is a guide to help you start on your wellness journey, it’s up to you on how you move forward.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are non-negotiable. You definitely must always have them in your fridge. I personally like to keep lemons, apples, mangoes and bananas stocked in my fridge. I also get beets and carrots which are really great to add in soups. Don’t forget about leafy greens— they’re versatile ingredients that you can add in hundreds of recipes. You can eat as many vegetables as you want without worrying about your calorie intake, so use them generously when you prepare your meal. Mushrooms and tofu are great substitutes for meat if you want to go the extra mile.
Spreads, Sauces, and Dressings
Turn your snacks up a notch by pairing them with dips. Hummus and tzatziki are great options for healthy but tasty dips. Salad dressing is also essential to keep in your fridge, but be wary– store-bought dressings are notorious for packing in the calories and sodium. Read the nutrition label or better yet, make your own dressing. I also have chili, pickles, tomato paste, and capers readily stocked to add to certain dishes.
Dairy (and non-dairy alternatives)
Many recipes call for milk and cream, so it’s a given to always keep these in stock. There are also loads of non-dairy alternatives available: soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk… the list could go on. Coconut cream is also something I like to always have in my fridge, as it is high in good fat and handy for many recipes. Butter is also essential, you will use it inevitably in a lot of dishes you’ll make.
Broth is used for making stews and soups. I keep a carton of the liquid gold tucked away in my fridge. You can always make your own, but who has the time? It’s available in most groceries, boxed and ready to go.
Eggs are used for both baking and cooking, and an excellent source of protein. I also have a tray of salted eggs stocked regularly in my fridge.
I pair my meals with either brown rice or quinoa for a healthier alternative to white rice. For seeds, chia and sesame are regulars in my pantry. I also buy cashews and almonds, they’re small things you can snack on but they’re loaded with nutritional value. Oats are also stocked regularly.
Watch the video below for the complete list of fridge essentials and how I keep everything organized:
What are the fridge essentials you can’t live without? Share it in the comments!