8 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in the Fridge

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Feb 11, 2016 11:00 AM EST

As a busy person who doesn't have the time to prepare foods in the kitchen, you must still always have these foods in your fridge. These selections are easy to cook in many different ways, so you won't have to consider take-out food or deliveries. Not only will you get your money's worth, but you'll also enjoy healthy home-made meals.

Below are eight fridge food must-haves:

1) Chicken

Chicken is a good protein source and it is healthier than pork, beef and lamb. It contains less cholesterol and bad fat (saturated fat) that the American Heart Association recommends this for meat-eaters. Make soup, stir-fry or bake it to enjoy.

2) Plain Greek yogurt

If you're hankering for something sweet, simply add yogurt to fresh fruits and nuts and you have dessert or snacks instantly prepared at home. Yogurt can also be added to dishes to make meals creamier and flavorful in place of fattening whipped creams. It's great for weight loss too, per Fitness Magazine.

3) Eggs

Eggs are packed with vitamins and nutrients. One egg contains vitamin B12 (cobalamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin A, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and selenium, and it also has calcium, iron, folate, potassium and zinc, per Authority Nutrition. It's also sold cheaply and can be whipped up easily in the kitchen.

4) Apple

Apples are filling and rich in fiber. Slice some and spread peanut butter for a nutritious snack. Bake with a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of lemon for 15 minutes for a sweet dessert, or simply grab a bite of it for breakfast to fill you up until lunch.

5) Avocados

Like apples, avocados are also fiber-rich and contain healthy fats. World's Heathiest Foods cited that avocados have many cardiovascular benefits. It can be added to sandwiches, meals and desserts, or eaten as is when it has ripened.

6) Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain vitamin C and is also known to help lower cancer risks, as Latinos Health previously reported. Great for pasta dishes or stew, this can be made into a healthy dip when you're enjoying snacks while watching TV.

7) Spinach, broccoli, lettuce or kale

These green and leafy vegetables contain zinc, protein, fiber, niacin and many vitamins. You can enjoy this with food, salad, pasta or pizza, or make into a delicious but healthy green smoothie for a quick energy boost in the morning.

8) Homemade dressing

Instead of buying bottles of dressing from the store, which are likely filled with sugar and other processed ingredients, prepare homemade dressing during weekends to store in the fridge. You'll enjoy eating your greens better when this is on hand.  Food Network has some recipes for homemade dressing.

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