Four Foods To Keep Stocked in Your Fridge

In my opinion, you can tell a lot about a person based on what they keep in their refrigerators. In fact, it’s kind of a guilty pleasure of mine to open people’s fridges when I’m at their house, and just look. And, yes, I have gotten a lot of strange looks because of it. If someone were to open mine, they could probably draw a few conclusions about me based on what they saw:

  • I’m not super organized. I don’t have specified “fruit” and “vegetable” drawers. As long as everything fits, I’m happy. 
  • I love cheese. A lot. 
  • I don’t cook nearly as often as I should, but I love to eat (hence the staggering number of snackish foods that I keep on hand). 
  • I firmly believe that everyone should keep a chilled bottle of champagne in their fridge at all times. Just in case.

What do you think your fridge says about you? Regardless of what your normal fridge necessities are, experts agree that there are a few things that should be regulars. Here are four of them:

 #1: Lemons

Lemons are kind of an all-around kitchen star. They work as a deodorizer for stinky sinks, they are fabulous in salad dressings and marinades, and they can jazz up any boring glass of water. Furthermore, lemons are known for their anti-inflammatory properties as well as their large quantities of antioxidants. 

#2: Avocados

If you’re looking to stock your kitchen with heart-healthy fats, avocados are a good place to start. Research indicates that people who regularly integrate avocado into their diets have smaller waists and overall lower BMIs than people who rarely or never eat them. Avocados are great as a sandwich spread (they can easily replace mayonnaise), spread on toast like butter, or used in dips (guacamole, anyone?). 

#3: Garbanzo Beans

Also known as chickpeas, these little fiber-packed legumes are more versatile than you may think. You can toss them into a salad, blend them up into hummus, roast them for a crunchy snack, or add them to any soup. They’re a great source of iron and protein, as well. 

#4: Dates

Known for their intensely sweet flavor, dates are a great thing to keep around for when your sweet tooth kicks in. Bonus: they’re packed with magnesium, which your body needs in order to keep your muscles working properly. Try adding them to a smoothie, chopping them up in a salad, or serving them alongside goat cheese for a tasty appetizer. 

 

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