It’s 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night and you arrive home after a grueling day at work. Your stomach grumbles so you open the fridge — nope, nothing to eat. Nothing in the pantry or freezer either.
You promised yourself you were going to eat healthy this week but hey, it was a stressful day and... well, treat yo'self, right? Before you know it, you’re ordering pizza.
We’ve all been there. But there is one easy thing you can do to prevent this from happening: always have deliciousness stashed away in your freezer!
Your freezer may be the most underestimated, under-appreciated and overlooked appliance in your home. It can make eating healthy much easier, while saving you money from eating out and reducing food waste. When you know you have delicious food stashed away in your freezer, you set yourself up for success and nourishment.
Here are 8 items to keep in your freezer so that you are never caught hangry and unprepared again.
Soup really is the best thing ever. It’s healthy, cozy, easy for on-the-go and usually makes enough for multiple meals. Make a batch of your favorite soup, divide it among freezer-safe containers and stash it away in the freezer for a rainy day.
Looking for the perfect soup recipe? Check out our infamous Curried Chicken Crock Pot Stew. It creates enough for 6 servings and is so delicious that you will actually be excited to pull it out of the freezer!
2. Brown Rice Tortillas
You'll usually find brown rice tortillas in the frozen, gluten-free section of your grocery store. Use them as baked tortilla chips, or our favourite – tortilla pizzas! These are so easy to throw together and will satisfy even your wildest pizza cravings.
Check out our Tortilla Pizza Roundup for delicious topping inspiration.
Berries in your freezer are a must. They are packed full of antioxidants and are great in smoothies, breakfast bowls, or even as sweet snack on their own.
See those bananas on your counter starting to turn brown? Peel, chop, throw them in a baggie, seal, and put them in the freezer. These are great for smoothies, pancakes and especially for when you are craving a sweet treat like our Pina Colada Banana Ice Cream!
5. Shelled Edamame
Shelled edamame are a great source of protein. It can be thawed in a pinch by running it under some hot water. Edamame is a great, protein-rich addition to salads and makes a savoury treat when roasted too!
Veggie burgers are excellent to make in a big batch and freeze for easy meals down-the-road. When ready to eat, just thaw the burgers out and throw them on top of a bed of greens with a little Dijon mustard, a slice of tomato, and sliced avocado for a delicious healthy meal in minutes! You can also throw them in a frying pan with a bit of coconut oil to warm and crisp if needed.
Our Spinach & Artichoke Turkey Burgers freeze like a dream. We love making them up in our Shape + Store Burger Master to save a ton of space in the freezer!
6. Cookies and Muffins
If you love to bake, consider making up a big batch of healthy cookies or muffins and storing them in the freezer for emergency situations. They will make a delicious breakfast or snack for when you are running short on time!
Don’t let that bag of expensive grapes go bad in the fridge! Wash and throw them in the freezer. These will make a sweet and refreshing treat after a long day at work. We highly recommend pairing them with a few pieces of dark organic chocolate for some next level goodness.
What do you keep in your freezer to help keep your eating habits in check? Share your best tips with us in the comments below!