That has to be one of the most disheartening assessments you can make after examining the contents of your refrigerator. Of course, it opens the door to takeout or a restaurant meal and, very often, a far bigger portion of a much unhealthier food than you would have eaten at home.
No one's freezer should be without them. Stock your favorites, from broccoli to spinach (which can improve everything from soup to pasta).hdmi extender Frozen vegetables can last up to one year, so it's no sweat to keep all the ingredients necessary for an instant, colorful stir fry. Or, add them to a quick vegetable soup, like minestrone. For more variety, check out Green Giant's line of products they're Weight Watchers endorsed!
Serving size: 1/2 cup
PointsPlus value: 0
3. Unsalted dry roasted nuts
Choose the roasted, unsalted version you can find in most supermarket produce sections, not the oily snack mix kind. "They're loaded with healthy fats, plus you can use good mixed nuts as toppings for stir fry and salads," says Mohr.
Tip: Instead of breadcrumbs, crush the nuts and use them to coat chicken breast strips for a tasty, protein packed "breaded" cutlet.
Serving size: 1/4 cup
PointsPlus value: 6
4. Fat free broth
No cook would ever be caught without broth (vegetable, chicken or beef). You can use it to flavor meat, thin sauces, make gravy and a million other options.
Tip: Throw raw vegetables into broth and they'll last up to three days longer, says Mohr. "They'll not only stay more crisp, but they'll be more flavorful because they'll absorb the flavor of the stock," he adds. Set the pot over a flame and you have an instant healthy soup. Toss in a chicken breast for a tasty meal.
Serving size: 1 cup
PointsPlus value: 0
5. Lean ground beef
"Ground beef is loaded with iron, zinc and protein; it's always good to have some on hand to add nutrients to meals," says Mohr. You could grill it into a burger or crumble it into any conceivable dish.