We’ve all seen the run on toilet paper and the problems after a storm that might make you want to stock up on healthy food staples. Stocking up is good when prices are rising, especially if you find some that are bargain priced. Start with canned goods. Not all canned goods are unhealthy. Even green beans with added salt can be rinsed to make them healthier. Canned tomatoes, corn, carrots, spinach and peas should also be on your shelf. Canned fruit packed in its own juice should be a top option.
Protein sources are important.
Canned mackerel, salmon and tuna are also great options to have on hand in a pinch. Even sodium free water-packed sardines can are good options. While canned beans and chickpeas without additives are healthy options, you’re better off purchasing the dried beans, lentils and chickpeas. They’re cheaper and long-lasting. You can also buy them in bulk and put in mason jars for display. Nut butters, like almond and peanut butter are great options. Go for the organic ones that only contain one ingredient, the nut.
Have grains ready to use.
Whether you choose stone ground oatmeal, rice, quinoa or whole grain pasta, having stocks of these grains can add bulk and nutrition to any meal. Quinoa is also a good source of protein that can be used in salads. Opt for brown rice or wild rice for the healthiest options. If you want a quick treat that everyone will love, toast oats and mix most with peanut butter and a small amount of honey, keeping some set aside. Make balls the size of golf balls. Roll the balls in the oats not used and let sit for an hour. It’s quick, healthy and can be made from items you stockpile ahead.
Don’t forget some of the condiments and extras.
Apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, coconut and olive oil are important ingredients to have available that can be used in many recipes. Stocking up on white distilled vinegar is also important. You can use it as a cleaning product, since it disinfects. Spray it on the tub or in the toilet to cut the calcium and soap build-up. Even healthy dressings have a decent shelf life.
- If you want a healthy option for a cheesy flavor, buy nutritional yeast and keep on hand. Stock up on popcorn as a good snack and use the yeast to add extra flavor.
- Some premade soups are extremely nutritious and can be a quick meal. Just include some whole grain biscuits or bread and a salad on the side.
- While nuts and trail mixes are good options for emergencies, nuts don’t store well and succumb to oxygen, heat and light. If you do buy extra for use, store in smaller vacuum-packed containers in the freezer to maintain freshness.
- Dried fruit, such as raisins, have a varied shelf life and last longer in the freezer. On the shelf they can last anywhere from three months to over a year. If you want fresh fruit, apples are a good choice with a three-month shelf life.
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