Want to eat right and watch the pounds melt off? You need to set yourself up for success. We asked registered dietitian nutritionist and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Tamara Melton, Whole Foods registered dietitian Allison Enke, and plant-based registered dietitian Julieanna Hever, as well as nutritionists Simone Gloger and Kathie Dolgan to tell us what's always in the fridge at home. Stock up on these foods they love and stay committed to eating healthy and seeing results.
- Fruit: "I always have foods that I can take along as healthy snacks," Tamara says. She recommends stocking up on apples, oranges, grapes, and berries so you can grab and go when you're rushing out the door.
- Leafy greens: Go for kale, collard greens, and spinach. "Dark, leafy greens are packed with calcium, fiber, vitamins A and C, and folate, and when added boost the nutritional content of smoothies, soups, sandwiches, and stir-fries," Allison says.
- Yogurt: Yogurt makes a great portable food for your busy days. "I always have unsweetened organic yogurt, as I eat that as a healthy and unsweetened snack," says Kathie.
- String cheese: It's another great protein-rich option for a portable healthy snack, Tamara says.
- Plant milks: Stir into your coffee or oatmeal, or blend up a homemade creamy dressing or soup with almond, soy, or coconut milks. "They provide hefty doses of calcium and vitamin D and are culinary staples in my kitchen," says Julieanna.
- Eggs: Eggs make for an optimal protein-rich breakfast or hard-boiled snack. Opt for higher-quality organic, pasture-raised eggs over the conventional supermarket kind. "These are higher in omega-3s as they are fed a grass diet and not a grain fed diet," says Simone.
- Frozen veggies: Many flash-frozen vegetables packs have the same or more nutrients as their fresh counterparts, and they keep a lot longer as well. Keep your freezer well stocked with frozen veggies so you can add them to almost any recipe when you're in a rush. "I always have a bag of frozen, ready-to-cook curled kale in my freezer," Allison says.