Is your fridge bare except for a 6 pack of beer and an old jar of pickles?
Or is it full of a carton of sour milk and 50 bottles and jars of 3 year old condiments?
We are a family with a full fridge. Always.
Its usually over-full on market days, twice a week, but really its only empty when we go away on holiday.
I don't understand how people live without fresh food available, if they can afford it. When our contractor doing our renos last summer recommended we unplug our fridge and live without it for a few weeks it was no deal. NO WAY JOSE!
So what takes up all the space in our fridge?
Here are the things we always have on hand:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Cheese, veggie meat, tempeh/tofu, etc.
- Milk, eggs, egg whites, yogurt
- Miso, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, sugar-free ketchup, salsa
- Non-hydrogenated margarine
- Minced garlic in a jar, pickles, olives
- Salad dressing, sugar-free bbq sauce, maple syrup
- Shirataki noodles
Many of my weight loss clients say they stop buying fresh fruits and veggies because the end up always throwing half of it away uneaten. OMG, wasted food makes me CRAZY! There is an easy way to prevent this. First, plan your meals. Before we head to the market, I plan the meals I am going to make and buy accordingly, so I don't buy stuff that will languish too long in the fridge. Second, if you do end up with stuff you can't use right away, cook or bake with it for the future, or at least freeze it.
Many of my clients also admit their weakness is a lack of motivation to cook at the end of the day and giving in to take-out. But if you have a well stocked fridge, it can take just minutes to whip up a healthy, yummy meal such as a main course salad, omelet, or sandwiches.
Fill your fridge, cook at home and your body (and your wallet) will thank you!!