Heart Month Day 5: Give Your Kitchen Pantry Some Love

February 5, 2020

heart health month

Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy? We’ve compiled a guide to help you plan your next grocery trip to stock up on nutritious foods that can help you and your family stay healthy – and satisfied at the dinner table.

10 Pantry Essentials

  • Dinner starters: Dried beans, low-salt canned items like beans, tuna and salmon
  • Rolled, steel-cut or Irish oats
  • Brown rice, wild rice and/or brown basmati rice
  • Whole wheat pastas
  • Reduced-sodium chicken, beef and vegetable broths
  • Plain popcorn or light (98% fat -free) microwave popcorn
  • Reduced sodium canned diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Assorted raw nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Olive oil
  • Dried herbs and spices

10 Fridge and Freezer Essentials

  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Fresh colorful veggies
  • Fresh green veggies
  • Frozen veggies
  • Milk alternatives like soy or almond milk
  • Egg whites or egg substitutes
  • Low-fat yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese
  • Lean ground turkey or lean ground beef (the less marbling, the lower the fat content)
  • Assorted fish like salmon, tuna, tilapia, etc.
  • Skinless chicken or turkey