How to Create Healthy Meals from Food Pantry Options

In balance with regular exercise, maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle by making nutritious food choices while at your local food pantry. Ask for and choose nutrient-rich foods from what is available, including a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, low-fat dairy products, and skinless poultry and fish, instead of food and beverages high in calories and low in nutrients, which often have excess sodium, added sugar, and high fat content. It is important that your body get all the nutrients it needs to be healthy. [1] Fresh, frozen or canned produce can all be healthy choices, but compare food labels and choose wisely. [2] Then prepare and consume food items at home; when you cook at home you have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, so aim to cook at home more often than eating out.

Main dishes provide protein, which gives you energy to stay healthy and active throughout the day! Instead of frying foods, which can add a lot of extra calories and unhealthy fats, use cooking methods that add little or no solid fat, like roasting, grilling, baking or steaming This simple recipe for Crunchy Chicken with Oven-Roasted Broccoli is delicious and easy to make. Cooking vegetables in healthy ways help bring out their natural flavors, including roasting, grilling, steaming and baking. Some vegetables and fruits, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, chili peppers, cherries, cranberries and currants have a more intense flavor when dried than when fresh. Instead of salt, add them when you want a burst of flavor! [4]

[1] The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

[2] Daily Tips to Help Your Family Eat Better

[3] Crunchy Chicken with Oven-Roasted Broccoli

[4] Healthier Preparation Methods for Cooking



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