Today’s Solutions: November 30, 2023

During the age of coronavirus, it’s essential that you buy foods that boast both nutritional value and a long shelf life. To help you stock your pantry with healthy, long-lasting food, here are 9 healthy choices you may want to consider when you visit the supermarket next.

Prunes: With a shelf life of a year, prunes make a great option for increasing your produce intake even when you can’t get to the store. Apparently, eating 5 to 6 prunes per day can prevent bone loss.

Pulses: Pulses, including lentils, chickpeas, beans, and dry peas, have an average of 8 grams of protein per half-cup serving, which is more than double the protein of quinoa. This makes them one of the best sources of plant-based protein.

Winter squash and cabbage: When looking for vegetables that have a long shelf life, those that have a thick peel or rind are best. Winter squash and cabbage both hearty vegetables that fill this prerequisite.

Riced/spiralized vegetables pasta: It can be tempting to stock up on boxes of white rice and refined flour pasta, but eating too many of these foods can lead to unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels. The good news is the frozen food section is full of good alternatives, such as riced cauliflower or spiralized zucchini.

Oats: Rich in fiber, grain oats can last a year or two in your cabinet and longer if the container isn’t opened.

Canned salmon and tuna: Because salmon and tuna are packed with protein and will last a long time in the pantry, it’s not a bad idea to add these to your grocery list.

Coconut milk: Not only will this last at least a year in your pantry, but it can also be used in anything from sweet to savory dishes.

Pyure Organic all-purpose stevia blend: It may be tempting to bake a lot while being quarantined, but making too many treats packed with added sugar can start to have a negative impact on health and weight. Instead, try Pyure Organic all-purpose stevia blend, a granular all-purpose sweeter that has a shelf life of two years and has no net carbs or calories.

Veggies Made Great double chocolate muffin: OK. Healthy food is awesome, but what if you just want to indulge in some rich chocolate? No problem. The double chocolate muffin by Veggies Made Great will satisfy your tastebuds while still providing your body with immune-supporting antioxidants.

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