Ten Best Foods to Keep Stocked in Your Kitchen

1. Lean lunch meats for that quick grab-and-go snack. You can make a wrap around sliced cheese or avocado, or make a sandwich or pita. It’s high in protein while low in carbs and fats.

2. Salsa is a great snack and so versatile. Use it on a salad instead of high fat dressing, or add it to your baked chicken for a little southwest zest. Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and fiber.

3. Hummus is a delicious snack and comes in many flavors. It’s made from chickpeas which are high in fiber and can help lower cholesterol while protecting against some cancers. It’s even more nutritious when it’s eaten with sliced carrots, colored peppers, cucumbers, or tomatoes.

4. Eggs are inexpensive, contain high quality protein, and are loaded with vitamin D. They are used in a multitude of ways from hard boiling, frying, and scrambling, to mixing in baked good and casseroles. There should always be a dozen eggs in your fridge!

5. Dark greens like spinach or kale are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. Used in salads or sautéed, having greens around at all times will guarantee you are getting your veggie servings every day.

6. Seltzer is a great replacement for sugary drinks and has a refreshing fizz. Grocery stores now have so many flavors, it’s easy to find one you’ll love. There’s little to no nutritional value and it’s just soda water, so consider it as part of your hydration for the day.

7. Avocado is heart healthy and good on almost everything. It can be a spread, a dip, or just sliced and eaten along with a meal. It’s healthy fats are linked to lowering cholesterol and fighting cancer. It’s also high in protein and fiber. Keep a couple ready to eat, and have a couple hard ones that are ripening so you never run out of avocados.

8. Fresh berries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. They are delicious and maintain heart and brain health while protecting against some cancers. Use them in a salad or eat them with some yogurt and granola for dessert.

9. Almonds are great to keep in the pantry. They are a great grab-and-go snack or when you need something to hold you over until dinner. They are packed with fiber and “good” fats for your heart and cardiovascular system. Just a handful can do the trick.

10. Nut butters (almond is my favorite) are so easy to get addicted to. There’s nothing better than a crisp apple and some almond butter when you’re hungry. Also try it on celery, bananas, or a slice of toast. It’s filling and packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats and just enough carbs.

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