Go-To Grocery Gems
Let’s face it. Healthy home cooking can be challenging whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a large family. But with a go-to grocery list of must-have foods always available in your pantry, fridge and freezer, you can whip up nutritious, delicious and budget-friendly meals in a moment’s notice.
Don’t know where to start? We reached out to our chefs and dietitians for their expert-approved food staples. Their top 20 go-to foods are featured on our new blog, along with recipes to try for each. Below are just three from the full list that you’ll want to check out before your next grocery trip!
From black beans to pinto beans and other types in between, beans are a great source for the plant-based protein you need to fuel your body. Look for canned beans labeled “low sodium” or “no salt added.” In a rush? Drain the beans, rinse and go. Have a little extra time? Cook dried beans from scratch.
Looking for a quick, nutrition-packed food staple? Go oats! According to the American Heart Association (AHA), oats have a greater proportion of soluble fiber (the kind that can reduce your blood cholesterol levels) than any other whole grain. Whole rolled, steel cut or instant, oats can help elevate any meal and your overall health.
Stock up on this superfood that packs protein and 13 essential vitamins and minerals, including choline (a nutrient that supports brain health!) Eggs also have only 70 calories each. They come in several sizes, but large eggs are the most common both on grocery store shelves and in recipes.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.