What’s In Your Fridge?
In December, your fridge probably looked like a small branch of a supermarket, stuffed to the gills with, well, pretty much everything the shops had to offer before Christmas descended and we locked ourselves away for a few blissful days.
But that was then, and now, in January, it’s time to re-stock that rather empty looking fridge with food that will suit your ‘new year, new you’ focus. It should be healthy yet tasty and easy to prepare so that you can quickly grab a snack when you’re feeling peckish. So, what’s in your fridge?
A smoothie is part drink, part fantastically nutritious snack, and it’s all good for you. Make a batch of your favourite smoothie up in the morning, and you can sip on it all day, whenever you feel like you need a snack. There are hundreds of different varieties that you can try, and they are the perfect thing to have in your fridge as a go-to pick me up. Making your own smoothie is the healthiest option, and it doesn’t take long to do. Because smoothies are made with fruit and vegetables, they provide the body with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals, making smoothies the best way to get everything your body needs in one delicious go.
Fruit & Veg
Fruit and vegetables are another great fridge filler. Ready washed and prepared, you can fill a bowl or just take what you need when you need it, safe in the knowledge that you’re eating something healthy that just happens to taste good too. If you are green fingered you could grow your own snacks in the garden, greenhouse, or even in a window box – alternatively, there is plenty of choice in your local shop, offering you not only familiar flavours but more exotic ones too. Why not try something new in the New Year and add some different fruit to your shopping list? Fruit and veg are packed full of vitamins and minerals which are needed to keep us healthy. These nutrients include folates (also known as vitamin B12, folates keeps our blood in good condition), fibre (this can help to prevent heart disease, weight gain, some cancers, and aids digestive health), vitamin C (needed for the growth and repair of skin, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels and other tissues), potassium (good for the heart), and much more.
Natural yoghurt is such a versatile ingredient. You can eat it on its own, you can add it to fruit, you can pour honey over it, you can mix it with cereal… You can even use it as a base to thicken the smoothies we mentioned earlier. No matter how you use it, the best thing about natural yoghurt (apart from how good it tastes) is that it is a natural source of probiotics, which help to keep your immune system and gut in tip top shape.
Hummus is simply lovely. Made from blended chickpeas, it’s the perfect accompaniment for your raw vegetables. Chickpeas contain high levels of fibre and protein (protein is another boost to repairing tissue, plus it regulates hormones too).
Salmon or Tuna (or both)
Salmon and tuna are both great snack items which need little to no preparation, and they are both good for you. So when you are deciding what to stock your fridge up with, these fish are a great choice. Salmon and tuna are full of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of unsaturated fat. Eating enough of this will lower your risk of dying from heart disease by keeping your blood vessels healthy.
Pesto is made from olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan and basil blended together. Add lemon juice or garlic to give it some extra zing, and don’t forget a little seasoning. Pesto is a handy ingredient to keep on standby when you want to jazz up a basic meal. It can be added to pasta, baked into bread, mixed as a salad dressing, or even used to spread onto vegetables before roasting them.
Chicken is an incredibly lean food, with just one gram of saturated fat for every 100 grams of meat. That’s why it’s a useful staple to keep in the fridge. Once thoroughly cooked, it can be added to pasta, rice, salads, used in a sandwich, added to soup (or used as the base for one), and included in low fat stir fries.
Whether it’s made from peanut, hazelnut, walnut, or any other kind of nut, having some nut butter in the fridge is a great way to add instant taste to otherwise (potentially) boring snacks. Dipping fruit into this kind of butter is a lovely way to make it more flavoursome. You can make your own nut butter nice and easily by whizzing nuts up in a blender until they are smooth.