November 12, 2019

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Healthy Pantry Primer

POSTED BY | POSTED IN Healthy Bites Articles | POSTED ON 12-31-2015

Minestrone SoupWhen you have the right foods on hand, healthful cooking is a cinch. Fill your pantry with recipe-ready canned foods that make it easy to whip up quick and flavorful home-cooked meals in today’s fast-paced world.

Freshness and Flavor

The canning process preserves freshness and flavor while locking in vitamins and nutrients so the amounts remain the same the day it was canned as it is a year from the canning date.


Canned produce is on par nutritionally with fresh and frozen varieties and in some cases, they are even better.


Families can stretch their grocery budgets by choosing canned produce and meat. Plus, you save money because canned foods don’t easily spoil!


Having canned foods in your pantry provides a great option for quick and easy meals so you can eat healthier at home more often than dining out or ordering takeout.

Endless Variety

With hundreds of options to choose from you have almost limitless options for creating flavorful and nutritious meals.

Sodium Sensible

Many canned foods are available in reduced sodium or low sodium varieties. Drain and rinse canned beans and vegetables to reduce the sodium content even further.

Reduce Waste

According to a recent study, Americans waste approximately 15 to 20 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables every year. Use canned foods to revive fresh foods or leftovers that would otherwise be tossed.


Can-try Must-Haves for Superfast Meals


Canned Contadina® Tomatoes in Sauce or Paste form add summer-ripe tomato flavor to homemade pasta sauces and tomato-based soups, salsa and stews in a flash. Made with vine-ripened Roma style tomatoes, Contadina® helps capture the essence of authentic Italian cooking in every bite.


With Del Monte® Vegetables and Tomatoes, there’s no need to wash, slice and dice before use. All of their recipe-ready Tomatoes, Green Beans, Corn, and Peas are picked at their peak to deliver garden quality freshness to family-favorite recipes and instant side dishes.


It’s a cinch to incorporate Bush’s Best® Beans into classic recipes and meatless meals for added texture, flavor and body, plus plant-based protein, fiber, B-vitamins, iron and potassium. Using beans] is a simple and affordable way to stretch portions too. If you’re watching your sodium intake, drain and rinse beans before use and look for Bush’s Best® Reduced Sodium Beans that contain up to 50 percent less sodium per serving.

Fish and Seafood

Ready-to-use canned fish and seafood bring meals together in a moment’s notice. Sustainably-caught wild Alaskan Faust® Red Salmon is a breeze to incorporate into salads, sandwiches, pasta, dips and more to reach the recommended two servings of fish per week. All contents of the can are fully edible, including the soft bones that are rich in calcium.

A Pinch or a Dash

Seasoning recipes that contain canned foods with salt-free herbs, spices and seasoning blends help cap the sodium content. All Mrs. Dash® Salt-Free Medleys, including Italian Medley, Garlic & Herb, Original and Tomato Basil Garlic are bursting with the flavors of savory, all-natural herbs and spices and no salt. Shake it on to transform family-favorite recipes and exotic dishes to awaken your taste buds.



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