Canned goods, dried fruits, nut butters are all non-perishable foods, which means that they have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration. These foods can be found in every kitchen and are essential in many situations, being a smart choice for long-term food storage. Moreover, non-perishable foods are a good way to reduce your food waste, because they can be stored safely for several months and don’t need to be eaten immediately. Plus, they often involve minimal prep time, making them incredibly convenient. But are they healthy? And how to choose the best ones? Here are some tips from As Nature Intended:
- NUTS AND SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are probably the non-perishable food staples. They are nutrient-dense and great to have on hand in any situation: perfect as a snack, for breakfast, or as a delicious addition to many meals.
All nuts and seeds ensure energy throughout the day. Some of the best nuts and seeds in terms of protein (and which you can find in our stores!) are: hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumkin seeds, quinoa, almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts.
Shelf life varies between nut varieties, but on average, nuts last about 4 months. And seeds have comparable shelf lives.
- CANNED BEANS
Canned beans are a very smart choice! They can be kept at room temperature for 2-5 years and they are high in nutrients and perfect for many recipes. For example, they make hearty additions to soups and grain dishes, and pair well with most foods.
They are an excellent source of plant-based protein, magnesium, B vitamins and fiber. As with all foods, it’s important to read the label and ingredient list, though.
- WHOLE GRAINS
Whole grains like brown rice, oats and barley have a much longer shelf life than other perishable carb sources like bread.
Eating more whole grains is an easy way to make your diet healthier. Whole grains are packed with nutrients, such as protein, B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, and have many health benefits.
Some ideas for adding whole grains to your diet? Swap out white rice with brown rice, or for different whole grain like quinoa, add barley to vegetable soup, and don’t forget your porridge in the morning! Having a long shelf life, you will avoid food waste too!
- GRANOLA AND PROTEIN BARS
When it comes to granola and protein bars, it’s always important to choose the right kinds. Look for brands that are full of healthy ingredients, such as nuts, dried fruits, oats, and contain no artificial ingredients. In our stores and ONLINE SHOP you will find plenty of natural, vegan and organic granola and protein bars!
They stay fresh for a long time and are the perfect solution for a highly nutritious snack.
- FROZEN MEALS
Frozen foods can be a convenient and affordable way to incorporate healthy foods in your diet. Not only can they be more affordable in price, but they also aid in reducing food waste.
With so many choices in the frozen foods aisle of our stores, there are plenty of opportunities to find something you like! Fruits and vegetables are picked at peak ripeness and often frozen within hours, locking in nutrients and flavor. Moreover, frozen foods retain their vitamins and minerals and, in some cases, they have more nutrients compared to fresh because fresh foods lose vitamins and minerals over time, while freezing preserves them!
Meat preservation is a practice used since ancient times to keep protein sources from spoiling. Specifically, jerky is made by curing meat in a salt solution, then dehydrating it.
Jerky can be a great choice if you need high-protein options, which have a long shelf life too! Make sure you visit our stores to find the best types of all-natural jerky!
- DRIED FRUIT
Dried fruit is fruit that has had most of the water content removed through drying methods, but it is still highly nutritious. Although most fresh fruits have a short shelf life, dried produce is considered non-perishable. When properly stored, most dried fruit can be safely kept at room temperature for up to 1 year.
One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit. However, there are some exceptions, such as the vitamin C content, which is significantly reduced when the fruit is dried. Dried fruits can be enjoyed as a snack or can be added to your granolas, puddings, yogurt and other delicious recipes.
In our stores, you can choose from a variety of organic dried fruits, including dried berries, mango, goji berries and more.
- NUT BUTTERS
Delicious, nutrient-dense and with a long shelf life, nut butters are a great non-perishable food! In fact, nuts are a great source of protein, fat and fiber. As a consequence, nut butters are a rich
source of healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and powerful plant compounds, including phenolic antioxidants, which are compounds that protect your body against oxidative stress.
- PROTEIN POWDERS
If you are looking for an easy way to add more protein to your meals, protein powders are the solution! All kinds of protein powders, including hemp powders and whey powder, are easy-to-store protein sources that can last up to 5 years. They can be added almost in every recipe, and they are also a good way to reduce your food waste! Click HERE to discover all our powders!