5 Foods to Always Keep Stocked in your Refrigerator

1/11/16
WRITTEN BY: Caroline Potter
PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Potter
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Part of healthy eating is being prepared, and yes, I will admit, even the cookbook author and food blogger in me isn’t always the most prepared of people. However, you will always find these five food items stocked in my refrigerator, freezer or pantry!
eggs
Eggs: Fry them up in a cast iron skillet, poach them, soft-boil them and smear a bit of pesto on top! Eggs are so versatile and complete will all of the essential amino acids, making them one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  A few eggs each morning keeps my blood sugar stable all the way until lunch and any munching, cravings away!
macadamian
Macadamia Nuts: These little white nuts are so crunchy and flavorful and a nutrient dense snack of good calories and heart healthy fats.  Macadamia nuts are a good source of fat that will keep you satiated, but also low in carbohydrates.  A half cup or about 2 handfuls has only about 10 grams of carbohydrates.  I always carry a bag of them in my purse for when I start to feel my blood sugar drop or need a quick snack!
Look for macadamia nuts that are raw or dry roasted without any added bad oils or refined salt!
 
grass_fed_butter
Grass-fed butter: Let’s be honest, butter just makes everything taste better, but grass-fed butter specifically is high in CLA which actually can help prevent weight gain and encourage weight loss.  Butter is also a blood sugar regulator, so I always add an extra slice to my roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes as this will help slow the rate at which the sugars enter your system.
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Fresh spinach: Fresh and with a deep hue of green, spinach contains endless vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Fresh, living food in return gives your body the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive! Spinach is also high in Vitamin C, so it is a great immune booster!
My favorite way to eat spinach is to sauté several large handfuls in some garlic and grass-fed butter then top it with an egg for a quick snack or breakfast!
ground_beef
Grass-fed ground beef: Just as you are what you eat, so are the animals where our meat comes from! Grass-fed ground beef is an economical cut of beef and high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are very important to reducing inflammation and keeping you healthy on so many levels!
I always keep a few individually wrapped pounds in my freezer so that I can quickly defrost and turn into taco meat, meatballs or grill up for some lettuce wrapped burgers!
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Caroline Potter

Caroline Potter is an NTP and author of the cookbook All American Paleo Table and blog Colorful Eats. She lives on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii with her husband, Stephen and their fluffy golden retriever, Libby. Caroline loves all things outdoors, hot cappuccinos and grilling on the weekends!