Healthy Foods that LastPosted: April 03, 2020
As we limit our trips to the grocery store to protect ourselves and others from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, long-lasting foods are becoming more of a priority. Here are a few recommendations for healthy options when purchasing groceries with a long shelf-life.
First, create a plan that will help you cut back on your trips to grocery stores.
- Make a menu for 1-2 weeks.
- Remember MyPlate when planning a meal. A healthy meal combines a lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, and a fruit (optional if you have lots of fruit for snacks.)
- Plans meals based on the foods you already have.
- Before you go to the store, check your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry for the items that need to be used.
- Stock your pantry with long-lasting non-perishable foods (see list below)
Food and drinks usually have dates listed on the packaging that indicate when they should be used or sold by. These dates do not always refer to the product's quality, and may not need to be thrown out. Maximize the freshness and quality of your food by learning how to store foods/beverages properly and how long they are safe to consume.
- Use the FoodKeeper App
- Note: This app is available online and on both Apple and Android devices.
Healthy Foods with a Long Shelf Life
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In need of recipe inspiration? Check out this cookbook from the Le Bonheur Healthy Lifestyle Clinic featuring lots of quick and easy recipes tested in our kid-friendly cooking classes.
These are difficult times, and having food on the table is a concern for many families. Here are several local organizations offering meals and food; use the links to locate an organization closest to you.
- Mid-South Food Bank, Weekly Schedule
- YMCA Meal Distribution List: (YMCA distributing meals for SCS)
- Running list from TN Chalkbeat