As our public health crisis continues to develop, many of you might be tempted to stock up on available food items. Of course, if you’re following a weight loss plan you might also hope to choose the healthiest options possible. That’s a smart idea, since many shelf-stable products tend to lack nutrition.
Don’t worry! This handy guide can help you make the right selections for your budget, weight loss plan, and any other constraints you might be facing at this time.
Dried beans. Dried beans are affordable, easy to store, and provide a healthy dose of protein and fiber to many meals. They’re extremely versatile and you can measure out only as many as you need.
Whole grain pasta or rice. These alternatives to the “white” options pack more fiber and nutrients into each serving, and can stretch a meal with complex carbohydrates.
Rolled oats and whole grain cereal. Buy in bulk for the most economical deal, and enjoy heart-healthy breakfasts every day.
Canned tuna. Another item that’s rich in protein, canned tuna provides a healthy, low-cost way to eat a quick and simple lunch.
Low sodium broth. Use these to make soups out of leftover ingredients, so that nothing goes to waste.
Canned or dried fruits. Look for those without added corn syrup, to avoid unnecessary sugar (and calories).
Nuts and seeds. Snack on these, or use them to add flavor to salads and more.
Oils and vinegars. Hearth-healthy oils and flavorful vinegars are shelf stable, and add flavor to any salad with minimal effort.
Dried herbs and spices. When food options are limited, you’ll be happy to add flavor with dried herbs and spices. Stock your spice cabinet, and you can whip up delicious meals with even the most ordinary of ingredients.
The above options can form the basis of your diet in an emergency. Add protein sources as much as possible, via eggs, lean meats, lentils, tofu, and so on. Obtain fresh veggies if you can, especially salad greens, but canned vegetables work in a pinch.
If you experience any difficulties with your weight loss plan at this time, and want to know how to make acceptable dietary substitutions, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.