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Published on May 29, 2018

Makeover Your Refrigerator with MyPlate Tool

photo of a woman looking at her refrigerator

photo of a woman looking at her refrigeratorEach household has their own food items that they consider to be a staple. However, these items may not always be the healthiest of choices.

Food items in your refrigerator should always encourage you and your family members to cook and eat healthy meals. Healthy eating is a lot easier when the refrigerator is free of junk foods and stocked with nutritious choices.

“A great way to keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy food items is to reference a tool we use in many of our PIH Health classes called MyPlate,” says Janice Foust, RDN, CDE, PIH Health dietitian and community health educator. “MyPlate suggests stocking up on foods from the five food groups which include fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein.”

Healthy Food Items to Keep in Your Refrigerator

Here are a few healthy options, categorized by the five food groups, to store in your fridge.

  1. Fruits: apples, oranges, berries, kiwi and melons
  2. Vegetables: baby carrots, mini peppers, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, baby tomatoes and broccoli
  3. Grains: corn or whole wheat tortillas, extra cooked brown rice, quinoa, bulgur and cooked oatmeal
  4. Dairy: low-fat or nonfat milk or milk alternative, cheese (individually packaged for on the go snacking), cottage cheese and yogurt
  5. Protein: pre-cooked chicken strips, low-fat deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and tofu

MyPlate Information

MyPlate is a tool that helps you understand the components of a healthy diet and teaches you how to control your portions. Everything you eat matters, the right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

To get started on following the MyPlate guidelines, visit: ChooseMyPlate.gov/MyPlate.

To register for one of PIH Health’s Community Health Classes and to learn even more about healthy eating visit: PIHHealth.org/Classes.


The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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