Healthy Foods From the Middle Aisles
By Sara Butler
In the grocery store, it's common knowledge that the less processed and healthier foods are found in the perimeter of the store. The common wisdom is that you should avoid the middle aisles of the store if you want to eat healthily. But that's not always the case. There are some packaged foods you can find in the grocery's no man's land that are healthy. Here are some packaged foods that can be nutritious and aren't very processed, either.
Beans, either canned or dried, are a great thing to have in your pantry. Canned beans will take far less time to prepare than dried, so if you're looking to have something quick on hand, then that may be what you need. Any kind of beans you can find are full of flavor and fiber that is good for you. Though you should rinse them before adding them to your meals since it will help to reduce the sodium in the canned beans by up to 40 percent.
Berries are great for you and can be used in a variety of ways, but keeping fresh berries on hand can be difficult. If you're worried about them going bad before you get around to using them, then opt for frozen berries. They're just as good for you as fresh and last a long longer. Throw them in your morning smoothie, snack time yogurt, or oatmeal.
Speaking of frozen foods that are good for you, you can add frozen vegetables to that list. They are full of the same vitamins and minerals as fresh vegetables and have a much longer shelf life. Keep some on hand in your freezer to throw in casseroles, use as a side dish, or make a nutritious stir-fry.
Oats are another great packaged food to keep on hand. Oatmeal is full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to help protect your heart. Opt for the old-fashioned oats over the instant or quick oats to make sure you're getting all the goodness without added sugar or salt.
Tuna fish packed in water is a great thing to keep in your pantry too. Tuna is full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. You can use tuna in a variety of ways, with whole-grain crackers or with some vegetables.
The middle aisles are generally where the unhealthiest foods reside, but there are some nutritional gems to be found if you know where to look.
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