Canned foods are healthy too! Wait, WHAT? Did we say that? Well, yes. Going to the local farmer’s market and picking up lush and fresh veggies and fruits trump everything else, but certain canned foods also pack a hefty nutritional punch for you to eat up at home or on-the-go.
Apart from being healthy, these canned foods will save you some valuable cooking time and let and easens your days without spending all day in the kitchen. What are we waiting for? Let’s get on without further ado!
Here Are the Top 7 Surprisingly Healthy and Equally Tasty Canned Foods You Need to Stock Up On:
Canned chickpeas are a savior in disguise when your kitchen is out of food, and the refrigerator has, well, NADA! From chickpea nut bars to chickpea recipes, even vegans love this ingredient as they are ideal for any wholesome meal or salad. Chickpeas taste amazing when boiled or just as a crunchy snack if you get readily baked canned chickpea. They are high in protein and give you the foundation block you need for an energetic and healthy body.
Chicktastic Tip: You could just stuff them in your sandwich after you boil them or even toss them in a healthy vegetarian salad to make it all the more protein-rich.
Beans, any beans, it’s totally up to you! Beans have a rich protien composition as well as fiber. The number of bean recipes you can get online or even come up with on your are a dime a dozen! Beans are so versatile you could cook yourself, and Indian curry or even make breakfast burritos and enjoy some black Mexican beans or even red/ white beans in a delicious and crunchy lettuce salad.
Healthy Canned Beans Recipe: Garlic Sauteed White Beans With Lettuce and Feta Cheese.
Super easy to make and also tastes delicious! Saute some chopped garlic in a well-oiled pan, then add the white beans. Stir for a while, and then add some freshly chopped lettuce and baby tomatoes for some gooey fun. Take out the contents into a salad serving dish and add feta cheese pieces and some olive oil drizzle. Voila! You’re ready to dig in!
Canned tomatoes are a pantry staple for every home. Tomatoes are widely used and often not very fresh all year round. Tomatoes are the staple ingredient for any salad, curry, or marination! Especially PIZZA! Obsession aside, these canned goods are perfect to use throughout the month, especially when visiting the local market is an item that never gets ticked off your checklist.
Tomato Tips: Marinara sauce or a creamy tomato soup are some of the easiest things you can whip up with your can of tomatoes!
Canned Tuna/ Salmon
Omega 3-6-9 is the holy trinity when it comes to taking care of your brain, skin, and hair! Canned tuna or salmon is one item that not just your cat, but you will also love because it comes to your rescue any time of the day. From a breakfast tuna sandwich to a lunch salmon steak, your tummy will reach its happy place with these cans in your kitchen.
Pro Tip: You could saute the salmon to make patties for your burger buns and add in some dill and fat-free cream cheese to make it a healthy snack or a light dinner option. How great is that?
This canned item goes a long way and helps you make a ton of healthy and not-so-healthy recipes. If you’re making a smoothie or adding it to your muesli, coconut milk makes everything taste more rich and luxurious. The coconut milk sold in cans is usually dairy-free and lactose-free, acting as a universal substitute for milk-based cuisine. Indian curries, like the chicken butter masala, and even your Thai curries taste all the better with coconut milk in them! Keep this carton by your side if you’re into the indulgent side of life!
Coconutty Idea: Adding coconut milk to your chia seed pudding or overnight oats makes it a hefty and rich breakfast option, leaving you full for hours until lunchtime arrives.
Diced Green Chillies
If you did not know this already, we’re glad to tell you that eating spicy food here and there can help you maintain your immunity, help you lose weight, and keep your brain cells active. Adding these diced green chili pieces to your soup, your sandwich, or even on the side can dial the taste factor up a notch. The idea is, when you consume food that has more heat, you tend to eat slowly and feel full quickly!
Here’s what you can do with canned green chilies:
- Chile Corn Fritters. These corn fritters can be spiked with spicy green chiles and sweet corn kernels.
- Green Chile Deviled Eggs.
- Tex-Mex Spicy Tacos
- Green Chili Chicken
- Add them to a clear soup.
Whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, pumpkin-based recipes are yummy, nutritious, and easy to make all year-round. Canned pumpkin puree is perfect for an entree, main course, or even a dessert recipe.
Here’s a great canned pumpkin puree recipe for you: (Psst…You can bring home Starbucks with this super easy and tasty pumpkin recipe).
What You’ll Need:
- Fat-free coconut milk
- Canned Pumpkin Puree
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- First, cool a can of low-fat coconut milk.
- Add frozen bananas to a blender & blend until crumbly.
- Add coconut milk and blend- get this mixture creamy.
- Add in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Blend all of this until smooth.
- Pour your vegan pumpkin smoothie into a ceramic mug and enjoy it!
Canned foods are a great healthy substitute for seasonal and not-so-fresh market produce. They make the dish more comfortable with making and keeping the health and nutritional value almost par with freshly bought produce. Happy stocking!