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Stock your pantry with healthy foods that last

For Immediate Release:  2020-04-30

Contact:  Kandis Fuller, APR, 716-857-4410

Grocery shopping may be something you used to take for granted. It’s a little more complicated these days. To minimize shopping time, it’s important to get what you need in as few trips as possible. And, to maximize nutrition, it’s crucial to choose healthy foods!


The best way to achieve both objectives is to create a well-thought-out shopping list,” said Patricia Salzer, RD, workplace wellness support coordinator at Univera Healthcare. “In addition to some fresh foods, include foods with a long shelf life. While panic buying and hoarding aren’t necessary, having a several-day supply of some items on hand may provide some peace of mind.”

MakE Smart Food Choices

Focus on choosing nutrient-rich foods. “A healthy, balanced diet provides several nutrients that may help support your immune system when eaten on a regular basis,” said Salzer.

  • Protein plays a role in the immune system’s healing and recovery processes. Sources include fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.

  • Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system. Sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and apricots.

  • Zinc helps the immune system function normally. Sources include fish, poultry, beans, and whole grains.

CreatE Your Shopping List

Next, make sure to include long-lasting staples on your list. (Look for brands with low salt.)

  • Canned tuna, salmon, and sardines

  • Canned chicken

  • Peanut butter

  • Dried beans, peas, and lentils

  • Brown rice

  • Whole-grain cereal

  • Whole-grain pasta

  • Jars of pasta sauce

  • Cans or shelf-stable cartons of soup and broth

  • Canned fruits and vegetables

  • Dried fruit

  • Ultra-pasteurized shelf-stable milk.

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