What Canned Food Can I Turn To?
If you’ve been doing your nutritional research lately, you may have read that canned foods are a no-no.
They’re typically highly refined, loaded with salt, and often contain other preservatives that just won’t do your body any good.
Whether it’s canned soups, canned pasta, or canned tomato sauce, you are simply betting preparing fresh.
But sometimes you either will have run out of fresh food or simply can’t access some types of foods fresh.
Let’s look at the canned foods that you should have on hand or consume for convenience.
Canned fish is the first great canned option to have in your pantry at all times.
Canned salmon is a perfect way to get your omega fatty acid intake up while canned tuna is quick and easy and virtually carb and fat free.
Both of these are pretty much meals ready to go when you are, so are ideal for those with a busy schedule.
Turn canned fish into salad by combining with some fat free mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt) and then serving in a whole wheat pita or on some Ezekiel bread.
Canned fish is also great when used to prepare burgers as well, which will be a much healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.
Canned fruit is the next type of canned food that can be okay to have in your diet. The only caveat? Make sure that it says ‘canned in water’, not syrup.
Canned in light syrup may be okay provided you do not drink this syrup. Syrup here is code word for high sugar water.
Just do realise that since you will not be eating skin on canned fruit, you will lose some of the fibre the fruit naturally contains.
Apart from this though, the fruit will still pack in the nutrients that you want to be taking in.
Another smart food to get into your pantry that comes in a can is canned vegetables.
Canned green beans, canned baby corns, canned water chestnuts – all of these foods are perfectly nutritious and can make getting in your vegetables slightly easier.
The only thing to note with these however is that since they are typically canned in salt water to maintain freshness, you will want to rinse them well before eating.
This is for both taste as well as health preferences.
As canned vegetables often stay good for a year or longer at a time, it can make it that much easier to always have vegetables readily available on those buys days.
Finally, also consider canned broth. Canned broth, provided you do purchase the low sodium variety is a great way to reduce the fat and calorie content of your meals.
You can use this broth not only to prepare soups, but also in replacement of oil or butter in many of the recipes you prefer.
This could be adding some broth into mashed potatoes rather than butter or sautéing your green beans in broth rather than oil.
Get creative and see where you can bring it into your meal plan.
These are just a few of the smart canned foods that you can eat.
While most canned foods are definitely not part of a healthy diet, you don’t need to completely dismiss them, particularly for convenience.
If these foods make it easier to eat on those extra busy days, make sure that you get them in.