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In response to the supply chain-related shortages at grocery stores, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides recommendations for creating healthy meals during National Nutrition Month 2022.

Simple Food Swaps

While American are dealing with a shortage of food supply, consider making simple food swaps that want cause a fuss at dinner time. Dinner time is an opportunity to put a new idea on a traditional family dish. Many of the ingredients you may already have on hand. The ingredients are simple, and mealtime preparation is easy.

Registered dietitian and nutritionist Grace Derocha, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggests food swaps for making family-friendly meals:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Try and find your favorite fresh fruits or vegetables first, but if you don’t have any success finding them fresh, look for canned or frozen versions. Choose canned fruit in their natural juice and low-sodium canned vegetables. If low-sodium canned vegetables are hard to find, rinse off excess sodium before cooking.
  • Grains: Instead of regular long-grain white rice, consider jasmine rice, basmati rice, brown rice, barley, or quinoa. Consider making a sandwich with 100% whole wheat wraps or rye bread. Substitute whole-wheat pasta for white pasta to add more fiber to a meal.
  • Protein Foods: Substitute ground beef for ground chicken or turkey. If canned beans are difficult to find, purchase dried versions, and soak them in advance to prepare them for cooking. If fresh eggs are unavailable, consider purchasing and egg substitute and following direction on substituting.
  • Dairy: As a substitute for low-fat yogurt, try flavoring plain Greek yogurt with fruit instead. For recipes that call for ricotta cheese, try substituting cottage cheese or vice versa.

On the next adventure to the grocery store, expand your horizons, and you may stumble upon a new family favorite.

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