When it’s hot outside, the desire to turn on the stove is very little, so the fridge becomes even more important a tool in your kitchen. If you’re starving and vegan, what do you choose? Summer is an excellent time to eat more of a vegan diet, even a raw one, if you have the right ingredients. To make vegan summer eating easier, it helps to have certain items on hand in your fridge. Here are 8 items every vegan should have in their fridge for the summer:

1. Tofu

Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever you cook with it, and it’s a versatile ingredient for summer vegan cooking. Use it to make burgers, scallops, salads, ice cream and so much more!

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8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

2. Crisp, Dark Leafy Greens

Crisp greens make for amazing, refreshing summer salads. Eating frequent salads will help keep your weight in check and give you a boost of nutrition. Just one cup of kale includes over 1,000 percent of your daily recommended vitamin K, over 180 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A, and 200 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

3. Raw Veggies

We could all use more veggies in our diet, and it’s much easier to eat healthier when you do the prep work in advance. Chop up those veggies on your down time and store them in air-tight containers in the fridge. When you need a snack, the work is already done and you can just grab and go.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

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4. Cool, Creamy Dips

Cool, creamy dips keep well in the fridge and provide a quick, filling yet light snack for summer. Check out The Best Vegan Dips, Spreads and Salsas.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

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5. Chopped Fruit

During the summertime, look at chopped fruit as nature’s candy. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, pineapple and mango all make for excellent, refreshing and healthy snacks. You don’t want to keep chopped fruit in the fridge for too long, since wetness can invite moisture and mold, but think ahead and chop some veggies so you can easily take them out of the fridge and serve them that afternoon or the next morning. See these Secrets on How to Pick the Best and Freshest Fruits.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

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6. Healthy Salad Dressing

Always keep a delicious, healthy and homemade dressing in your fridge. I like to use a container that has measurements laid out on the side and shows you the ratio of spices to oil to vinegar so that you get the perfect mix. Try these 5 Salad Dressings You Can Make in Less Than 5 Minutes.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

7. Nut Milk

Nut milks can be used in anything in place of milk, and since they’re fortified with B and D vitamins, you’ll fuel your bones for all that playing in the summer sun. Use them for cool summer smoothies and popsicles.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

8. Cheesecake

Ok, so I am not advocating that you have this in your fridge all of the time, every day of summer. But while it’s hot, indulge in some cold vegan cheesecake and serve it to friends and family for special occasions and dinners throughout the warm months.

8 Items Every Vegan Should Have in the Fridge for the Summer

Image source: 5 Salad Dressings You Can Make in Less Than 5 Minutes

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