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Healthy Convenience Foods

By Sara Butler

It’s a good rule of thumb to stay out of the middle aisles of the grocery store because that’s where the processed and prepackaged foods live. But there are some healthy foods that can be found in the no man’s land of the grocery store. Some of these packaged foods (not processed, just packaged!) are actually pretty good for you and can save you time when cooking a nutritious meal for your family. Here are a few packaged foods you may want to consider adding to your healthy shopping list.

Canned Beans

It’s true that dried beans are cheaper, but they can take a really long time to cool. Canned beans are already cooked and are loaded up with protein and fiber that make a nutritious addition to almost any dish. Just make sure to look for beans that are reduced sodium and don’t have any added seasoning. Their only drawback is that sometimes they can have crazy high amounts of added sodium, so pay attention. Drain and rinse your beans before using to try and wash away even more of the added salt.

Oats

The cereal aisle is full of very unhealthy things, but you can’t go wrong with oats. Old-fashioned oats are a great breakfast staple, adding fiber to your diet that’s incredibly heart-healthy. Just make sure not to choose quick oats or instant oatmeal, since they may have less fiber as well as added sugar and salt.

Frozen Foods

The freezer aisle can also be difficult to navigate since many freezer meals are full of added sugar and sodium. The one place you can’t go wrong in the freezer section is with frozen vegetables and fruits. These are often just as nutritious as the fresh versions and can be easily added to your dinner plans.

Tuna

Canned tuna packed in water is a great bang for your buck. It’s convenient and is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. It’s versatile and easy to take with you too.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is full of nutrients and easy to make. It’s also full of fiber and goes with a lot of different ingredients to create a well-balanced meal. This whole grain is really good for you, so grab a bag the next time you’re at the store.

Not all convenience foods are unhealthy, so don't be afraid to add some of these to your next grocery list!

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