Here’s What Dieticians Really Keep in Their Fridges

Here’s What Dieticians Really Keep in Their Fridges

If you’re an Instagram foodie, you may’ve seen the hashtag #fridgegoals that shows off gorgeous, color-coordinated refrigerators stocked with enough fruits and vegetables to feed a small village.

You don’t see butter sticks, half eaten cakes, or almost-empty wine bottles – and that’s kind of a bad thing. While healthy #fridgegoals are meant to be inspirational, they give us unrealistic expectations as to what we should have in our fridges. Simply, they set a standard the average fridge owner can’t meet.

So, what should you have in your fridge? Two registered dieticians give us a taste of what they have in their cold boxes at home: 

Sara Haas, registered dietitian, author and chef at

  • Hummus. “This household staple makes a flavorful topper for sandwiches, salads, toasts, you name it! I also love to use it as a salad dressing by thinning it with water or lemon juice.”
  • Tahini. “This sesame seed-based condiment is a great base for salad dressings or a topping for veggies, fish or chicken.”
  • Eggs. “These are super convenient and add protein boost to any meal or snack. I eat them on toast, add them to my salads, turn them into egg salad and use them in baking.”
  • Lemons and limes. “A squeeze of fresh citrus is the perfect “finisher” for almost any dish; it adds a touch of acid to everything from potatoes to fish.”
  • Yeast. “I always keep a big jar in the fridge for bread or pizza dough making. This week, I’m using it to make English muffins, which are simple to make and taste way better than the store-bought variety.”
  • Yogurt. “I generally keep the plain version on hand because it’s so versatile. I’ll eat it on its own for a snack or use it as a topper for tacos in place of sour cream.”


Kathleen Meehan, registered dietitian at

  • Maple syrup. “Growing up in Vermont, I’m very particular with maple syrup – it’s got to be from a sugar house. I use it for pancakes and waffles, and also to sweeten my oatmeal each morning.”
  • Tortillas. “Quesadillas are one of my favorite simple weeknight meals. I top tortillas with cheese, black beans or leftover chicken and serve them with salsa, avocado and plain Greek yogurt.”
  • Carrots. “I keep carrots on hand in little baggies or containers that I can easily grab for a snack at home or bring on the go.”
  • Yogurt. “I mix yogurt with fruit, granola and flaxseed for a high-protein snack that gives me hours of energy.”
  • Homemade and store-bought salad dressing. “I like to make my own salad dressing, but I keep a backup store-bought version for nights when I don’t feel like it.”
  • Butter. “I alternate between using butter, olive oil and avocado oil. There’s nothing like butter on sauteed green beans or with freshly made mashed potatoes!”

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