Buying food that is non-perishable and can stay safe to consume without prolonged refrigeration in some cases is of utmost importance in this emergency-like situation. Therefore, stocking up on food that lasts for an extended period of time could be enriching and maybe even life-saving.
Considering that the threat of disease is lurking around the corner, building immunity is all the more important now. Microorganisms are killed and packaged in sterile air-tight packaging, to not only extend shelf-life but also prevent foodborne illnesses. Preservatives are added to make them last in their natural form, thus removing the possibility of suffering hunger if ever a food shortage arises.
Eating highly processed food could also increase cholesterol, sugar and body fat, increasing the risk of several diseases during the global pandemic. It’s important for grocery shoppers to pick the right kind of food, which is minimally processed. Options include: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and frozen fish or meat. It would also help to check the nutrition content for the vitamins and minerals it provides.
Here is a list of some of the food that can be stored in your pantry for a long time, while simultaneously contributing to your good health.
Whole grain oats are a rich source of fiber that fill you up with vitamins and minerals while also aiding your gut health. As per the Whole Grains Council, the air-tight containers bought fresh off the shelve can stay in a cool and dried place without going stale for up to four months. Oats can be microwaved and made into a porridge and can protect heart health and reduce cholesterol levels, according to some experts.
Like oats, quinoa, known as a complete protein, can stay edible in your pantry for up to four months. The gluten-free whole grain ingredient is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, like fiber and iron. Quinoa is considered a replacement for rice and it is comparatively slightly more nutritious than even brown rice.
However, brown rice has long shelf-life too. Air-tight containers that have not been opened yet can be kept in one’s pantry for a year, provided the surroundings are at room temperature. Opened containers or packaging with brown rice can still last without deteriorating for six months. Brown rice is a healthy source of fiber and antioxidants.
This Mediterranean staple is filled with monounsaturated fats, helping the fight against cholesterol and inflammation. The extra virgin olive oil varieties are more healthy. A bottle that has yet to be opened lasts for a year at room temperature, but once opened, not to worry. It lasts for six months.
Soups come in different varieties, in cans, packets or cartons. Soups are a meal by themselves. They are also easy to cook and delicious to eat. The ones that have chicken, noodles or vegetables are heavier and easy to fill up on.