Wellness Checklist: Maximize Use of Shelf-Stable Ingredients

So you’re trying to stock your shelves with food while minimizing exposure to crowds and groceries stores? It may seem impossible to limit excess salt and sugar intake when shelf-stable foods are your best option, but with planning, there are ways you can. You don’t have to compromise. These heart-healthy recipes can all be made with shelf-stable ingredients such as:

  • Canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables (low or no salt and sugar options)
  • Canned meats like light tuna or white meat chicken (salt free), packed in water
  • Frozen chicken breast is safe for up to 1-year in a freezer set to zero degrees or below (store as air-tightly as possible to preserve maximum freshness)
  • Dried beans and legumes (or canned with no salt added)
  • Dried whole grains like brown rice and quinoa
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Shelled eggs are safe 3-5 weeks and unopened egg substitute is safe up to 1 year in the refrigerator

11 Healthy Recipes from the American Heart Association:

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