October B.E. Healthy: 11 Foods (& Drinks) You Can Always Find in My Fridge (or Freezer)

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a certified nutritionist, I simply have a passion for health and wellness and enjoy researching these topics. I thought it would make for an interesting article to let you take a peek inside my fridge and freezer. These foods (and drinks) do not, by any means, make up 100% of my diet, nor do I think they should make up 100% of yours. They are foods that I love and that work for me and my lifestyle. Everyone is unique, and everyone has different foods that do and do not agree with their stomachs.

#1 – Bananas. I buy a ‘bunch’ of bananas at the grocery store every week. I add them to my oatmeal and protein smoothies, or even just eat them plain with a spoonful of peanut butter. And yes, I do keep my bananas in the fridge. They last longer and it eliminates the possibility of fruit fly invasions in my kitchen.

#2 – Steel cut oats. I eat steel cut oats 4-6 days a week in my mason jars of overnight oats. Yes, these are in the fridge since the oats are soaked in unsweetened almond milk and plain Greek yogurt (2 other staples in my fridge). If you’ve never tried overnight oats, give them a try! Pinterest is chock full of various overnight oat recipes.

#3 – Lettuce. Romaine lettuce is almost always in my fridge; I often throw together salads with romaine and whatever other random veggies I may have in my fridge. A container of butterhead (or Boston) lettuce can also often be found. Perfect for lettuce ‘buns’ or to replace the tortillas for tacos or fajitas.

#4 – Turkey burgers. You can always find frozen turkey burgers in my freezer. Perfect with previously mentioned lettuce “buns,” these are always a treat. Sprinkled with seasoning and thrown on the charcoal grill is my favorite way to cook them.

#5 – Bacon. I don’t think I’m alone… I love bacon. I love it in the morning with eggs and toast, on top of a salad, on top of a burger – you can never go wrong with bacon.

#6 – Eggs. I’m a bit boring with my eggs… I like them with breakfast, scrambled well. They are inexpensive, chock full of vitamins, and delicious.

#7 – Okra. Whenever possible, I prefer fresh okra, but if fresh isn’t available, I always have a few bags of frozen sliced okra in my freezer. Throw a bag of frozen (or fresh) okra on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 425 until they look crispy on top. Usually, 30-40 minutes if frozen.

#8 – Wine. If you ever open my fridge and don’t see a bottle of wine (or two), then obviously you are in the wrong kitchen. My alcoholic beverage of choice is always wine. My faves? Sauvignon Blanc, prosecco, pinot noir and my newest favorite, rosé. I choose wine over beer because for whatever reason, it agrees with my stomach a lot better than beer or mixed drinks. The alcohol percentage is typically higher and calories lower, so essentially more ‘bang for your buck.’ I enjoy a glass of wine or two on 3-5 nights a week (sometimes more; sometimes less).

#9 – Frozen Greek yogurt bars. Mint chocolate chip flavored Yasso bars are an essential in my freezer. When I’m craving something sweet after dinner, these are always the perfect solution. And at only 100 calories, it’s a treat I don’t feel guilty about.

#10 – International Delight coffee creamer. White chocolate mocha is one of my favorite flavors. I’m a one-cup-of-coffee-a-day girl and need about a tablespoon of creamer in my coffee. I realize this coffee creamer is NOT good for you, but at (barely) a tablespoon a day, I think it’s well worth it.

#11 – Lowes Foods Pick & Prep Fruit. I love cantaloupe….and watermelon….and strawberries….and most any fruit really. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I am way too lazy to cut up fruit. It’s time-consuming and messy. Having containers of already cut up fruit readily available in my fridge ensures that I will eat fruit. Lots of fruit.