Although everyone's preferences differ, it's nice to have some staple foods on hand to make quick and tasty dishes that are good for you, too. So what do the experts behind SparkPeople.com keep in their own refrigerators? See what they stock to find out if they're really walking the walk.|
Chris Downie, Motivation Expert and SparkPeople Founder
"Our refrigerator has lots of veggies, and several batch dishes that my wife makes and we eat for several days. (I just ate her homemade enchiladas that have veggies hidden in them.)"
Meg Galvin, World Master Chef and Healthy Recipe Developer
"On the door: curry pastes, low-sodium soy sauce, black bean sauce, white wine vinegar, jam from the last harvest, homemade flavored oils, and my new faves--lemongrass and ginger in a tube! For quick nights, we just open the door grab some flavorful add-ins for our dinner. We also have: flax seeds, skim milk, oranges (we love the "Cuties" mandarins), strawberries, apples (Granny Smith and honey crisp or Gala), celery and carrots for snacking, hard and semi-hard cheeses like Parmesan and manchego, wonton wrappers for quick ravioli, yogurt, spinach, leeks, jicama, portabella and shiitake mushrooms, and asparagus. Also chicken breasts, eggs, and leftovers like pork tenderloin or turkey breast cutlets."
Becky Hand, Registered and Licensed Dietitian
"I have a lot of the traditional staples (cheese, milk, fruits, veggies and some leftovers), a well-stocked freezer of frozen vegetables from my garden and from the store, butchered meat (beef, pork, chicken, turkey), frozen fish, frozen pizza, a few frozen dinners and Graeter’s ice cream (a brand that's based in Cincinnati)!"
Nancy Howard , Certified Running Coach and SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Skim milk, Almond Breeze (non-dairy almond milk), almonds, apples, blueberries, yogurt, roasted pepper hummus, Egg Beaters, eggs, 2% grated Colby and Cheddar cheeses, lettuce, celery, broccoli, baby carrots, bell peppers, Cranergy cranberry juice, coffee and bottled water."
Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert and SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Milk, apple juice, orange juice, cheese, Smart Blend margarine, apples, peppers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, jelly, turkey and ham."
Jen Mueller, Fitness Coach and SparkPeople Community Leader
"Our fridge is usually pretty full, but some of the basics include: milk, orange juice, spinach (for salads), oranges, apples, berries, whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter, cottage cheese, yogurt and white wine."
Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer and SparkPeople Editor
"Brita water filter pitcher, free range eggs, Organic Valley cheeses, organic milk, Stonyfield Farm's organic vanilla yogurt (secret: I buy the full-fat stuff!), spinach, mixed salad greens, Romaine lettuce, nuts, oranges, clementines, Pink Lady apples (my favorites), Granny Smith apples, kale, carrots, broccoli, celery, goat cheese, Trader Joe's whole-wheat tortillas, pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough, mochi (sweet rice cakes), pasture butter, molasses, Grade A maple syrup, Trader Joe's Midnight Moo chocolate syrup, some salad dressings, olive oil (to extend its shelf life), apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, natural peanut butter, blackberry fruit preserves, Better Than Bouillon (a concentrated vegetable broth paste), and leftovers." (Coach Nicole also shared photos of her fridge and freezer in this dailySpark blog post.)
Stepfanie Romine, Certified Yoga Instructor and SparkRecipes Editor
"Big-batch meals that I've cooked earlier in the week, soymilk, tofu, tempeh, beans and rice or quinoa, Daiya non-dairy 'cheese,' Field Roast veggie 'sausages,' fruits and veggies galore (giant containers of spinach, carrots, celery, kale, and whatever is in season and looks good at the market). I also store oils, nuts, my homemade nut butters, and grains in the fridge to extend their shelf lives. You'll also find some dark chocolate--one of our favorite treats."
Denise Tausig, SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Some of the basic things in there right now include: Nonfat milk, chocolate almond milk, V8, lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, various cheeses (for homemade pizzas and sandwiches), eggs, yogurt, chicken breasts, Trader Joe's reduced sugar strawberry preserves, mustard, ketchup, several salad dressings, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (light), and some yeast (to make pizzas)."