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Take an inventory of what’s in your refrigerator, and start your assessment with tossing expired items. “Throw outdated sauces, dressings, and condiments,” advises Anne Mathews, PhD, RDN, assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She also suggests getting your fridge in order. “A cluttered fridge can be overwhelming and an impediment to seeing and pulling out healthy foods. Arrange your fridge as it is intended and then consider what’s inside.” Use these tips for more healthy eating ideas.
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At the heart of a healthy fridge is stocking it with more vegetables. Some great choices to have on hand are a variety of greens, but many people only choose romaine or spinach, says Dr. Mathews, who suggests adding other picks like Swiss chard, bok choy, and arugula to your mix. “Buy pre-washed to save time, or wash and pack immediately after returning from the store or farmer’s market,” continues Dr. Mathews. Further, she says healthful salad toppings such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, or flavorful cheeses will add texture, flavor, and nutrients to your salads. Learn more ways to add new greens to your diet.