That leftover curry that’s growing mold in your fridge isn’t the only thing you should toss out. There are probably a few other items in there that shouldn’t be like foods hiding empty calories, loads of sugar and trans fats. Keeping the following foods out of your refrigerator will help you make healthier choices.
Yogurt that’s Flavored
If you don’t read nutrition labels, you’ll be surprised to know that the standard 6-ounce serving of flavored yogurt has a whopping 3 times the sugar of plain yogurt. Try swapping out flavored with full-fat plain yogurt mixed with fresh berries. You’ll not only get less sugar and more fiber, you’ll also be treating your body with more antioxidant-rich nutrients. Full fat yogurt also helps curb hunger, more so than nonfat yogurt.
The quinine in Tonic water that gives it its distinctive bitter taste is loaded with sugar and contains 124 calories per 12-ounce bottle – that’s just about the same as cola. If you like to use tonic water as a cocktail mixer, try using club soda with lime as an alternative.
Creamy Salad Dressing
Most creamy salad dressings are high in fat. The low-fat versions are even more unhealthy thanks to their high sugar, artificial sweetener, or salt content and are usually loaded with ingredients that you probably can’t pronounce. Instead, create your own dressing using olive oil, a bit of vinegar and sea salt to taste – it’s easy and tasty.
Frozen French Fries
Those frozen French fries you have in the freezer might taste good, but they’re soaked in fat and brimming with salt. If you love fries, opt for homemade – and they’re easy to make. Just cut fresh potatoes in French fry shaped pieces, toss when in a bowl with olive oil, herbs and a bit of sea salt. Cook on a baking sheet at 425 degrees in a preheated oven for about a half an hour.
Flavored Soy Milk
While soy milk is a good source of potassium and protein, flavored soy milk (chocolate, strawberry, etc.) adds 50 calories and 10 grams of sugar to every cup. Swap flavored soy milk for regular or try hemp or almond milk.
Those tart, tasty pickles most of us love are loaded with salt. On the other hand, the cucumbers that pickles are made from are good for you. Cucumbers contain a lot of water that can help you stay hydrated and they are filled with antioxidants. They also help curb inflammation. Swap out pickles with cucumbers and to add extra tartness, mix them with a splash of vinegar.
You may think that anything with fruit in it is healthy for you but it’s how fruit is preserved that can make a significant difference. While a cup of fruit cocktail may just have 100 calories, they usually contain around 26 grams of sugar – yikes! Instead, swap out fruit cocktail with fresh fruit. Cut up and put in a container, fresh fruit is just a portable as fruit cocktail. To keep apples and bananas from turning brown, add a squeeze of lemon.
You may be surprised to hear that there isn’t any real nutritional value in frozen yogurt. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by eating frozen yogurt instead of ice cream- both generally contain a lot of sugar. If you prefer ice cream, go for it – just eat a common sense portion.
Frozen Veggies in Sauce
Leave the frozen veggies in sauce in the freezer section at the grocery store because they’re loaded with sodium and salt. Frozen vegetables are a convenient way to make certain you’re getting your greens. Frozen veggies can also provide a nutritional bonus because they’re often frozen close to the farm meaning that transportation time is shorter so there’s more nutrition is sealed in the box/bag. Just pass on buying frozen veggies in the sauce.
Keeping the foods listed here out of your refrigerator will help ensure that you make healthier choices. With the easy swaps mentioned, you won’t lose out on flavor either.