There's nothing but sad carrots and furry blue yogurt in your fridge. You dash to the market and are faced with lines even longer than your day. That's it! You grab a few frozen dinnersand dash out again.
It doesn't have to be this way. If you learn what healthy items to stash in the fridge and pantry, you'll never have to munch salty cardboard crusts for dinner again.
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That's why we checked with nutrition experts for tips on what to buy the next time you swing through the crowded supermarket. Follow their tips for plumping up the pantry and filling the fridge with healthy staples and you can whip up tasty, nutritious meals when your time is full and your tummy's anything but.
Staples to Stash 1: Go for flavorful, low-fat dairy.
Keep non-fat sour cream and light cream cheese on hand. They are not only good for dips or sandwiches, but also great replacement for fat in many recipes. Just replace half the fat called for with non-fat sour cream or light cream cheese and you'll cut fat and calories while maintaining creaminess.
Milk is a great base for breakfast, desserts and soups. Do your body a favor by favoring 1 percent and skim over their fattier cousins, say the folks at HealthyFridge.org. By doing so, you will save calories and get more calcium and protein per cup than fattier versions.