One strategy for saving money on healthy food is buying your healthy ingredients in bulk. But, what should you buy in bulk, and what can you keep in your pantry? Here’s our list:
01 Apples and Pears
Many people leave apples and pears out on the counter, but if you put them in the fridge, they’ll last longer.
02 Oranges and Tangerines
These citrus fruits can last a few weeks on the counter or on a pantry shelf. Just be sure to check the bag before you grab it, and go for a firmer bunch. If a bag has already been sitting a few weeks in the supermarket, they could be starting to go soft!
03 Onion, Garlic, and Dried Spices
These staples, kept in a cool dry space, will last you months, so don’t hesitate to buy in bulk! They’re also key ingredients for flavorful meals, to keep your taste buds happy without too much salt.
04 Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
If you’re diabetic, sweet potatoes are actually better than regular potatoes. Whichever kind of potato you’re buying, store in a cool, dry place and they’ll last 3-4 months!
05 Dried Beans, Peas, Lentils, and Chickpeas
These legumes are high in fiber and great sources of plant-based protein. They can last a year or more without spoiling.
06 Whole Grains
Whole grains also take a long time to spoil. Same with whole wheat spaghetti noodles and gluten-free pasta.
07 Canned Veggies and Fruits
For veggies, be sure to go for low sodium and no added salt- the ingredients should read water and [vegetable].