The Weekly Spread + "Is Canned Fruit Healthy?"
The Weekly Spread + tips on choosing healthier canned foods
Thank you to everyone who came to cooking class last week! I hope your family loved the tuna casserole as much as I did! One class participant had a question about canned fruit. She was curious if it is healthy for her child. So I thought I would write up some info on canned fruit.
Here’s how I think about fruit:
It’s important to eat fruit at every meal (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner)
Fresh fruit is healthiest, but I run out of it before I can make it back to the store.
Frozen fruit is just as healthy as fresh fruit, I use it often.
Canned fruit makes it possible for me to eat fruit at every meal.
It is nutritious, but can have added sugar.
Some nutrients can be lost during the canning process.
Even though it’s not as healthy as fresh fruit, canned fruit is still healthy.
It is better to eat canned fruit than to eat no fruit at all!
Here’s some ways to make a healthier choice when choosing canned fruit:
Buy unsweetened fruit
Buy fruit packed in FRUIT JUICE (see photo above)
Avoid buying fruit packed in syrup (avoid all kinds of syrup, light or heavy)
Look at the label, there should be 0g added sugar (see photo below)
Got more questions about canned fruit? Send me an email: nicolebuhlerRD@gmail.com
Here's my menu for the week:
Sunday: chili + cornbread + fresh oranges
Monday: crock pot cabbage, leek and potato soup + bread + fresh apple slices
image from tasteofhome.com
Tuesday: chinese new year! Salmon + cabbage and ramen salad + frozen stir fry veggies + fresh oranges
image credit: https://www.fromvalerieskitchen.com/ramen-cabbage-salad/
Wednesday: vegetable curry + rice + mango smoothie (using frozen mangoes, I'll be out of fresh fruit by Wednesday, so I'll use frozen or canned the rest of the week)
Thursday: green split pea soup (new recipe for me, never made it before!) + canned pineapple + crackers
image credit: https://www.budgetbytes.com/vegan-split-pea-soup/
Friday: leftover chili + cornbread + canned applesauce
Saturday: ground elk tacos + canned pineapple