Grocery Shopping for Good Health – Long-Lived Vegetables

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It is tough to keep fresh food in the house. It is simple to fall into old habits and opt for pre-prepared frozen meals just because it was a long day and it only takes 5 minutes in the microwave for dinner to be done. Truth is, it doesn't take much more time than that to fix a fresh meal, and if enough planning is done, spectacular food can be the end result.

Some vegetables and most dried fruits can stand up to some storage time, so if menu planning is not a good option, it is always possible to buy your favorite vegetables when it is time to grocery shop. Additionally, there are lots of vegetables and some fresh fruits that keep very well in the fridge for weeks. Citrus, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, cabbage, celery, parsnips, and most other root vegetables keep between grocery trips just fine.

Fresh sauerkraut and kimchi keep for a long time. As well as, pickled vegetables. These things can form the basis of a quick meal even without careful grocery shopping or precise meal planning. A tilapia filet cooks in less than 10 minutes, and vinegar based coleslaw preps in 5 minutes easy, even without a food processor. Carrots and raisins (shelf-stables) go great in coleslaw too. Make some extra, it's even better on the 2nd day, and either slaw will keep for 5 days easy.

A butterflied chicken breast cooks in about 10 minutes time as well, which can be made quicker and easier if it is frozen in an herb laden marinade. It will marinate as it defrosts. Onion, carrot, garlic, and celery are the basis for many soups and stews...and the root vegetables make a hearty addition to that. Bean salads can be made entirely from a can or from frozen vegetables, and last for most of the week as well. They pack great flavor, nutrition, and protein content into small packages.

For more tips on how to shop for and prepare real foods that support good health and wellness, contact the Metabolic Research Center nearest you. We offer a free consultation to discuss how our menu plan can help you reach your goals.


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