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SparkPeople Experts' Refrigerators Exposed!

Fridge Staples of Our Fitness and Nutrition Experts

Although everyone's preferences differ, it's nice to have some staple foods on hand to make quick and tasty dishes that are good for you, too. So what do the experts behind keep in their own refrigerators? See what they stock to find out if they're really walking the walk.

Chris Downie, Motivation Expert and SparkPeople Founder
"Our refrigerator has lots of veggies, and several batch dishes that my wife makes and we eat for several days. (I just ate her homemade enchiladas that have veggies hidden in them.)"

Meg Galvin, World Master Chef and Healthy Recipe Developer
"On the door: curry pastes, low-sodium soy sauce, black bean sauce, white wine vinegar, jam from the last harvest, homemade flavored oils, and my new faves--lemongrass and ginger in a tube!  For quick nights, we just open the door grab some flavorful add-ins for our dinner. We also have: flax seeds, skim milk, oranges (we love the "Cuties" mandarins), strawberries, apples (Granny Smith and honey crisp or Gala), celery  and carrots for snacking, hard and semi-hard cheeses like Parmesan and manchego, wonton wrappers for quick ravioli, yogurt, spinach, leeks, jicama, portabella and shiitake mushrooms, and asparagus. Also chicken breasts, eggs, and leftovers like pork tenderloin or turkey breast cutlets."

Becky Hand, Registered and Licensed Dietitian
"I have a lot of the traditional staples (cheese, milk, fruits, veggies and some leftovers), a well-stocked freezer of frozen vegetables from my garden and from the store, butchered meat (beef, pork, chicken, turkey), frozen fish, frozen pizza, a few frozen dinners and Graeter’s ice cream (a brand that's based in Cincinnati)!"

Nancy Howard , Certified Running Coach and SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Skim milk, Almond Breeze (non-dairy almond milk), almonds, apples, blueberries, yogurt, roasted pepper hummus, Egg Beaters, eggs, 2% grated Colby and Cheddar cheeses, lettuce, celery, broccoli, baby carrots, bell peppers, Cranergy cranberry juice, coffee and bottled water."

Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert and SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Milk, apple juice, orange juice, cheese, Smart Blend margarine, apples, peppers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, jelly, turkey and ham."

Jen Mueller, Fitness Coach and SparkPeople Community Leader
"Our fridge is usually pretty full, but some of the basics include: milk, orange juice, spinach (for salads), oranges, apples, berries, whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter, cottage cheese, yogurt and white wine."

Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer and SparkPeople Editor
"Brita water filter pitcher, free range eggs, Organic Valley cheeses, organic milk, Stonyfield Farm's organic vanilla yogurt (secret: I buy the full-fat stuff!), spinach, mixed salad greens, Romaine lettuce, nuts, oranges, clementines, Pink Lady apples (my favorites), Granny Smith apples, kale, carrots, broccoli, celery, goat cheese, Trader Joe's whole-wheat tortillas, pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough, mochi (sweet rice cakes), pasture butter, molasses, Grade A maple syrup, Trader Joe's Midnight Moo chocolate syrup, some salad dressings, olive oil (to extend its shelf life), apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, natural peanut butter, blackberry fruit preserves, Better Than Bouillon (a concentrated vegetable broth paste), and leftovers." (Coach Nicole also shared photos of her fridge and freezer in this dailySpark blog post.)

Stepfanie Romine, Certified Yoga Instructor and SparkRecipes Editor
"Big-batch meals that I've cooked earlier in the week, soymilk, tofu, tempeh, beans and rice or quinoa, Daiya non-dairy 'cheese,' Field Roast veggie 'sausages,' fruits and veggies galore (giant containers of spinach, carrots, celery, kale, and whatever is in season and looks good at the market). I also store oils, nuts, my homemade nut butters, and grains in the fridge to extend their shelf lives.  You'll also find some dark chocolate--one of our favorite treats."

Denise Tausig, SparkPeople Community Moderator
"Some of the basic things in there right now include: Nonfat milk, chocolate almond milk, V8, lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, various cheeses (for homemade pizzas and sandwiches), eggs, yogurt, chicken breasts, Trader Joe's reduced sugar strawberry preserves, mustard, ketchup, several salad dressings, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (light), and some yeast (to make pizzas)."

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Member Comments

    I like how the stuff organize, it makes more clean and more space you can add, Thanks for this post I will try this also in my refrigerator to get more space.
  • If I lived alone my fridge would be stocked completely differently. It'd be like coach Nicole's.
    Why would anyone keep vinegar or soy sauce in the frige?
  • I love to see all the sparkers who practice what they preach! Thanks for sharing. Now I'm going to go clean out my pantry.
  • This is a great article. Very helpful!!
  • Great article. Interesting to get a glimpse of your refridgerator. Now I am hungry and very thirsty...
    This really helps me to get my frig in order. Plus the right foods to pack it with. Thank you
  • OK, I took pix of my fridge, freezer and pantry, and I have pretty much what they (the spark experts) have, but my roommate eats the same and there are no children in our household, so I suppose it's easier to not have unhealthy stuff around for us than some people:

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  • I like the variety of plant-based proteins in Stepfanie's. This is an awesome article--thanks for giving me some great ideas!
  • It's nice to see inside the lives of individuals that carry on a healthy lifestyle! It's motivating.
  • I'm sure none of you are lying, just do to the fact you have a healthy job, but it would have been nice to see pics. Make us '"normal folk" feel normal. Like a pic of Becky's ice cream.
  • I want to eat healthier! I want to go to the store and make better choices! Thank you for the motivation and ideas!!
  • ngood blog but more would have share pictures
    It's good to see what the "experts" are doing/buying. I, too, am making some "expert" decisions and choices.
  • It's good to see nutritionist and food experts have a mix of "real people" food. Everything in moderation! I have recently been on a ground turkey kick! I get the Nature's promise brand (4 oz. 160 calories) and I will brown that with some seasonings and hot sauce and throw it in a whole wheat tortilla with a tablespoon of sour cream and chunky salsa! It's sooo yummy!

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