Do you find yourself ‘out’ of many things lately?
Do you want to go buy groceries and related items more often? Is it just this insidious virus? Whatever the reason, I thought I would talk about foods that have a good shelf life. Hopefully, we can stay put as long as possible so we can assure this craziness will end sooner rather than later.
It occurred to me that one of the staples – beans – that I eat quite often would fall into that category. However, what else should we be adding to our grocery carts right now that will ensure we will have enough to eat but to eat healthy? Keep in mind you’re looking for two things: shelf life and also nutritional value – foods that are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein. And don’t forget the healthy fats to rev up your energy needs and keep you at your best.
Make sure you have most of the following foods in your kitchen so you do not have to shop as often:
♥ Pulses which are actually lentils, chickpeas, beans, and dry peas. Visit HERE for some great recipe ideas.
♥ Dried fruits such as raisins and prunes, but stay away from dried fruits such as cranberries since they are usually loaded with excessive amounts of sugar.
♥ Nuts – delicious for snacking and they can last quite a while in a cool place. When you mix raisins into the nuts, you get that marvelous sweet and salty flavor – a real taste treat.
♥ Red wine has a great shelf life and is even better as it ages.
♥ Potatoes can last up to four months. Just make sure you keep them away from apples and onions as both will emit a gas that will ripen and rot them.
♥ Rice will keep up to 2 years or more. This is all kinds – white, wild, basmati, jasmine, arborio. Just make sure that once opened, you keep them in an airtight container.
♥ Oats can last up to a year on your shelf unopened; opened for quite a few months. They can be used in baking breads or for breakfast and their benefit is the fiber they offer.
♥ Peanut butter will last for about two years and although it may separate, just stir it and it’s fine.
♥ Coconut milk is very versatile in so many dishes including smoothies and will last at least a year. This is the milk found in cans or cartons – not in the refrigerated section of the store.
♥ Hard cheeses such as gouda, which is sealed in a waxy outer coating, can last up to 25 years before beginning to spoil.
♥ Winter squash, which includes butternut squash and spaghetti squash. As a main food can be baked with various spices, these are not only delicious, but super healthy.
♥ Canned tuna, salmon, or sardines – I always buy these packaged at least 6 or more at a time. These fish are packed with the good fats, are protein, and are so versatile when cooking. You can even open a can, mash the contents, and serve on crackers if you don’t feel like working in the kitchen!
♥ Fresh fruits and vegetables have a short life in that their nutritional benefits lessen with each day you have them. The good news is that canned (look for ones without too much added sugar) and frozen ones are excellent options.
As you can see, even though we’re confined to our homes and are sometimes too close to the kitchen, we can still find good healthy things to eat that are delicious and not have to make too many trips to the store!
And don’t forget to drink the Switzel that I talked about a couple of weeks ago.
It’s extremely healthy and good for your system. Recipe HERE
Let’s all commit ourselves to avoiding outside contact in order to reverse the spread of this virus so we all can find that rainbow!
Hope this has been helpful – and healthful!