By developing a storage-stable kitchen, you can save money and time, reduce food waste and add nutrients to your diet. In addition, buying durable food can mean fewer trips to the grocery store and shorten the total time you spend there.
Connie Cheng, Golds Gym Nutrition expert, shares her shopping secrets for buying long-lasting food and maintaining a healthy and stable diet.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
"Fresh products are some of the hardest things to keep stable in your fridge," says Connie. "So I recommend getting these more stable, fiber-rich vegetables that last longer:"
Fruits like apples, grapefruit and oranges last longer than other fruits. “Before freezing bananas,” says Connie, “peel and slice them. They are perfect for smoothies. "
Meat, seafood and dairy products
Beef, pork and fish can be stored easily and conveniently in your freezer. They last for months and not just days in your fridge. Connie reminds you that the safest way to defrost meat is at room temperature or in the refrigerator rather than in a microwave, which can easily heat meat to a temperature where bacteria multiply.
For your milk needs, stable milk options can be stored at room temperature. You may have seen options like almond or coconut milk in paper boxes. Connie tells us that UTP (ultra-high temperature pasteurization) kills more bacteria in storage-stable milk for longer, which extends shelf life.
A common misconception is that canned foods are not nutritious. "Indeed," says Connie, "canned foods actually contain important nutrients like vitamin A – which is the key to an optimal immune system." Examples of healthy preserves are beans, carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Connie suggests looking for low-sodium options in the canned aisle. Reduce the sodium in canned beans by simply rinsing them under cold water. Look out for canned fruit that is often filled with added sugar.
"Frozen foods can actually maintain nutrients better due to the reduced heat," says Connie. So, fill this freezer with your favorite vegetables and fruits. Just read the fine print to make sure, for example, that your frozen broccoli contains no salt or butter, and that your frozen fruits contain no sugar.
One of Connie's favorite frozen products is protein waffles like Kodiak cakethat mix protein with whole grain oatmeal. Incorporating protein into breakfast can be difficult for some. This article contains protein and carbohydrates in a quick and easy, storage-stable article.
Frozen memory length: Connie's checklist
Soups, stews, boiled beans: 2-3 months
Cooked or ground meat and poultry: 3-6 months
Berries, chopped fruits in freezer bags: 6-8 months
Vegetables when blanched: 8-12 months
You can find more nutritional recommendations from Connie in her video on Smart Grocery Shopping.
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