5 Foods To Always Have In Your Fridge
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.
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.
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.