Refrigerator staples 

By Shakera Williams, M.P.H., Assistant FCS Nutrition Extension Agent – General & SNAP- ED, Webster/Claiborne Parish

Here is a list of refrigerator staples you should always keep stocked to whip up a healthy meal without a trip to the grocery store.

Fresh fruits and vegetables: Always keep at least 2 fresh fruits and 2 fresh vegetables on hand. They make great snacks and quick side dishes for weeknight meals.

Reduced fat milk: Opt for 2%, 1%, or fat-free milk. This calcium-rich drink makes a healthy snack and an easy addition to sauces and other recipes. 

Whole wheat and corn tortillas: They keep longer in the refrigerator and opting for whole grain or corn gives a boost of fiber.

Fat-free yogurt: The plain variety can be used in some baked goods recipes. The flavored variety makes a delicious snack or ingredient in a homemade fruit smoothie!

Reduced fat cheese: Save a few extra calories and fat and opt for reduced fat cheeses. Keep a couple varieties on hand, as they keep for a few months and are frequently used in recipes.

Eggs: Can be cooked and eaten as is or used in recipes. Eggs are very versatile! 

Minced garlic: Save an extra step and buy minced garlic in a jar instead of mincing your own.

Salad dressings: Keeping your favorite oil-and-vinegar salad dressings handy makes it easier to choose a healthy salad for lunch!

Salsa: This staple’s uses extend beyond a simple dip for chips. Add it to your Southwest dishes for extra flair, put some in your morning omelet, or use it in place of salad dressing on a taco salad.

Butter: A popular ingredient in many recipes. Remember: Use this staple sparingly!!

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