For some people, healthy eating is a breeze. For others, the idea of only buying healthy foods nutritionists always keep in their fridge or what needs/doesn't need to be organic, or wild caught, or free range can get extremely daunting. Trying to navigate the grocery store on your own can be a challenge, but if you're looking to focus on your nutrition a little more, why not do as the nutritionists do?
"I try to keep my fridge looking similar to my plate," says Abby Sauer, MPH, RD over email. "Full of colorful items including fruits and vegetables, and a variety of complete protein options and healthy fats."
Many nutritionists suggest keeping foods in your fridge that are fresh and seasonal, rather than items that can stay for a long time, as they are generally processed and filled with preservatives. Keep to the outside of the grocery store aisles and shop at a local farmer's market to pick the freshest foods with the most amount of nutrients.
If you need some help on what specific foods give you the most nutritional bang for your buck, try getting these seven foods that nutritions always tend to keep around, as they are filled with antioxidants and important nutrients keep your diet in balance.
"All berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, are bursting with flavor and nutrients to make an incredibly tasty addition to yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, salads, or alone as a nutritious snack," says Rene Ficek, RD to Bustle over email. "Not only are they high in vitamin C, berries are also packed with antioxidant phytonutrients known as anthocyanidins."
2. Green Vegetables
"Everything from broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, and collard greens are always in the fridge veggie drawer," says Daphne Olivier, RD. "I rely on these to get vitamins and minerals. I steam, saute, roast, or add them to an omelet."
"Eggs can last a couple weeks in the fridge, they’re a cheap protein, and they're chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and some healthy fats," says nutritionist and blogger Rebecca Clyde RD,CD over email.
4. Greek Yogurt
"I use plan Greek yogurt for breakfasts, smoothies, toppings, butter replacement in baking, sour cream replacement, etc.," says Clyde. "It’s seriously so versatile and a good source of calcium and protein.
5. Turmeric Root
"Fresh turmeric is very versatile in cooking, but dehydrating the root can be used as a powder for meat rubs and curry recipes," says Daniel Magoon, RD to Bustle over email. "Turmeric is packed with phytochemicals like curcumin that are actively considering leading the fight against cancer. Depending on how you choose to use it will determine what kind of flavor you will have, but fresh or dehydrated, this root should always be within arm's reach."
6. Almond Butter
For a dose of healthy fats, I keep almond butter on hand to pair with apples, pears, or an organic brown rice cake," says Tori Holthaus, MS, RDN, LD over email. "Almond butter is also loaded with vitamin E, a helpful nutrient for supporting a healthy immune system."
"They might not always be in the fridge, but I always have them in my kitchen," says Sauer. "Full of good fats, avocados are a delicious addition to any meal or snack — on toast in the morning, with my sandwich at lunch, or in a salad for dinner."
Grocery shopping list, conquered.