Keep these basics on hand for quick, healthy meals

One secret to preparing healthy meals is having the right ingredients on hand. Here are five basics our dietitians believe no fridge should be without:

1. Eggs

“Eggs really are the perfect food — especially local eggs that come from chickens you know,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD.  Conveniently packaged, eggs are rich in nutrients, low in calories and packed with high-quality protein.   “In moderation, eggs are an affordable, easy protein source for breakfast (in veggie omelets), snacks, salads and dinner (in stir-fries),” says Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE.  Although you can eat unlimited egg whites, egg yolks are high in cholesterol.  “If you have, or are at risk for, heart disease, limit yourself to two to four egg yolks per week, depending on your risk factors,” advises Julia Zumpano, RD, LD.

“For general health, limit yourself to six or seven egg yolks per week (about one a day).”  She recommends keeping half a dozen hard-boiled eggs on hand for snacks or salads. They’ll keep in your fridge for one week.

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