Healthy Refrigerator Foods for Weight Loss

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The food you have in your refrigerator may determine the success of your weight loss plan. So do you have a fat fridge or a skinny fridge? Check this list of healthy refrigerator foods to make sure you set yourself up for faster weight loss results.

Healthy Refrigerator Foods: Dairy 

The best diet-friendly foods in the dairy section of the grocery store are those that are minimally processed and contain less sugar.

So always check the label on the items you buy to see if there are added sugars or other unhealthy ingredients. Choose a few of these items to get a dose of protein and important nutrients.

  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Plain or vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Lowfat cottage cheese
  • Real cheese (skip the processed cheese "food" products)
  • Skim or part skim milk
  • Almond milk
  • Neufchatel cheese

Healthy Refrigerator Foods: Meat and Seafood 

The best meat and seafood items will come directly from the butcher. A skilled butcher can trim fat or make suggestions about leaner cuts of beef and other meats to keep your diet on track. Stick to unprocessed meats to get plenty of protein without too much saturated fat and calories. And lastly, keep portion control in mind when you build a meal around meat or seafood. A single serving of most protein sources is just 3-4 ounces.

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey breast
  • Lean steaks (top sirloin, beef tenderloin, flank steak filet mignon)
  • Lean bison burgers
  • Lean pork chops or pork loin
  • Tuna steaks
  • Salmon fillets
  • Natural deli meats 

Healthy Refrigerator Foods: Produce

Almost anything you buy in the fresh produce section of the grocery store will make your refrigerator more healthy. Even higher fat foods like avocado or higher sugar foods like fresh fruit provide healthy benefits that justify the increased calorie count.

You just need to be careful about portion control when you eat them.

These particular fruits and vegetables are favorites among diet experts and healthy eaters.

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Kale 
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions (scallions, green onions, yellow onions)
  • Peppers (red, yellow, green or spicy varieties)
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chard

Healthy Refrigerator Foods: Drinks

Most diet experts will tell you that the best drink for weight loss is water. So there's really no need to fill your refrigerator with store-bought drinks. But if you do, your best options will be low in sugar and calories. If you like to drink diet soda, you may want to consume it in moderation. Some recent studies have found that we may eat more food when we drink artificially sweetened beverages. And of course, the same goes for alcohol.

Refrigerator Foods to Avoid

Did you notice that no sauces, condiments or processed salad dressing were included in my list? Many refrigerators are full of these foods.

But if you're trying to lose weight, skipping those high fat and high sugar foods is a great way to cut calories and reduce your sugar and fat intake. 

If you fill your refrigerator with minimally processed, healthy foods, you'll find it easier to prepare and eat meals that keep your diet on track. Even snack time can be easier when you have healthy refrigerator foods to choose from.  So take 15 minutes to set up your fridge with healthy refrigerator foods to satisfy your appetite and help you reach your goals

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