Canned Foods for a Healthy Dinner

Canned Foods for a Healthy Dinner

When people talk about healthy cooking, they often envision long lists of fresh, exotic ingredients that require multiple trips to the grocery store and hours of prep time. The reality is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be that complicated. It also doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. All you need is the right attitude and a few good recipes that require simple, wholesome ingredients. And believe it or not, those ingredients can actually come from a can. Yes, you read that correctly. Here are a few reasons why when it comes to eating healthier, canned goods are the way to go.

Cans lock in all that good-for-you stuff. When you purchase canned produce, you’re actually getting veggies that have been picked at the peak of freshness. That produce is then quickly packaged, a process that seals in the nutrition, flavor and freshness and preserves it until you grab it from your cupboard, open it up and serve it to your family. Getting fresh veggies in season isn’t always possible. With canned veggies, on the other hand, you’ll always have access to all the wholesome ingredients you need whenever you need them.

Canned foods are widely accepted as healthy. You don’t have to just take our word for how good canned veggies can be for you. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted, including several by researchers at Michigan State University, Oregon State University and UC Davis, all of which revealed that canned foods feature similar (or better) nutritional profiles in comparison to their frozen or fresh counterparts. Plus, when you keep canned produce on hand, your family is more likely to meet its daily requirements of fruits and veggies.

Canned veggies are perfect for those quick weeknight meals. If you are like most of us, you know all too well the challenge of throwing together a semi-nutritious meal for your family in the midst of all the weeknight chaos. Between driving the kids to their activities, helping with homework, making it to those after-work meetings and trying to prepare to do it all over again the next day, there’s little time to spend cooking a wholesome meal. Having canned food on hand makes this much easier. You can even combine canned veggies with freezer cooked meals to up the ante on healthy ingredients.

Canned veggies can help you avoid unhealthy choices. Did you know that 61 percent of parents resort to takeout simply because they don’t have the ingredients needed to cook a meal? We all know how unhealthy fast food and other takeout options can be. Keeping your pantry well-stocked with a variety of canned products can help you avoid the temptation to call for delivery, which means you and your family will all eat better. Plus, canned veggies are much cheaper than paying for takeout, so you’ll be saving some dough at the same time.

As you can see, eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming or costly. Supplementing fresh produce with canned can provide you with plenty of creative options that the whole family will love. Best of all, the time you save on shopping and preparing can be better spent as quality time with your family.