Having the stock of your favorite food in your refrigerator is a luxury for you and your family so that you can easily eat what you normally want whenever the cravings ask for it. We all have different tastes when it comes to food and most of the time the ones that we love the most are of the unhealthy type. This is when meal planning becomes instrumental to make sure that you and your family are always well fed but at the same time prioritizing health concerns. Here is a list of food that you should always keep in your under counter fridge to support your meal plans.

Nut or Seed Milk

I know that homemade nut/seed milk is not that easy to make but the taste is all worth the hard work. The entire cost of the thing is also very budget-friendly which makes it a plus if you are trying to save up on the money. You can use multiple flavors as well for different variations of the nut/seed milk such as vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

Nut or Seed Butter

Instead of purchasing processed butter at groceries and supermarkets, you can actually create a homemade butter out of nut/seed. What makes this advantageous is that you can control the amount of salt and sugar to use on the butter for desired results. Experiment with different flavors as well same with what you do with your nut/seed milk.

Fermented food

Fermented foods are always great to keep in the fridge because they are designed to last for a long time. They are also good source of probiotics that helps improve digestion and bowel movement. Your choices for fermented food can range from kimchi, veggies, sauerkraut and a lot more.

Vegetables

Keeping veggies inside the fridge will keep them fresh and they can easily be used to compliment recipes that you cook within your household. Also, they can be used as extenders to make meat recipes seem more in terms of quantity not to mention the health benefits that they can give. Store them in air tight glass containers inside the fridge to keep them fresh.

Fruits

It is known that fruits are best stored at room temperature that is why they are not ideal to keep in the fridge. However, if they are already sliced open then that is when you should store them inside the refrigerator. Put sliced fruits inside an air tight glass container to make sure they do not lose their juice while inside the fridge. Fruits are the excellent food to munch right away whenever you feel the need to eat and there would be no cooking needed in preparing them.

Mustard

The mustard is not totally a stand-alone food but rather a condiment that you can use to compliment other foods. If you prefer to create your own mustard then you can play around with it by adding other flavors or spices in order to make it more special. Always choose to add organic ingredients to keep your mustard nutritious and healthy.

Veggie/Fruit Smoothies

It is ideal to prepare your veggie/fruit smoothie by large batches and just keep them in a big pitcher for consumption later on. You can store smoothies inside the fridge for as long as 5 days that means you would not need any beverage anymore as long as you have some stored in the fridge. Smoothies are perfect in the morning whenever you need that must have energy booster.

Beverages

Aside from food, you would also want to have a drink every now and then in order to soothe your thirst. This is why beverages are perfect so store inside the fridge. You can also serve beverages whenever you have unexpected visitors and guests instead of cramming to prepare any form of drink to offer them. Beverages should not be limited to sodas and soft drinks because you can also consider health drinks such as turmeric milk, stripped green juice and even infused water.

Cooked Food

You can do some batch cooking during the weekends when you have enough free time then simply store them in containers inside the freezer. You can just reheat them later on once you feel eating them and you would no longer have to stress out preparing and cooking food during the midweek when you are already exhausted from work. You can also maximize the uses of your commercial kitchen equipments this way since you have to spend time batch cooking.

These 9 foods are a must-have in any refrigerator whether you are living alone or with your family. It is always a pleasure to have something to pick up inside the fridge whenever you need some hunger to feed or thirst to quench. However, keep in mind to prioritize your health and cook or keep only food that are nutritious and fitting for a healthy lifestyle.

Author's Bio: 

I'm just your average hygienist with a passion for excellence. I do what I do best, which is to help my patients achieve healthy smiles and provide & educate them with oral health care solutions and lifelong cosmetic procedures.