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Healthy foods

If you have attempted to set foot inside your local grocer in the past two weeks, we don’t have to tell you: People are stocking up.

While making healthy food choices might not be at the top of your grocery list, there are plenty of reasons to keep nutrition a top priority — especially during a pandemic.

With this in mind and while grocers are hard at work taking in shipments and restocking store shelves, officials at Hy-Vee emphasized that there is no need to hoard food and other products.

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“We are encouraging people to be prepared but not to panic-buy, as each Hy-Vee location is constantly receiving shipments, and our store teams are working hard to continually restock all day,” said Christina Gayman, director of Hy-Vee public relations.

Here are a few tips from Hy-Vee dietitians on what foods you can steer your cart toward to keep you and yours healthy. Product selections could vary from store to store, but Hy-Vee officials said that stores are receiving regular shipments and are restocking as quickly as possible.

Fruits and veggies

The perks: These lend our bodies antioxidants, enabling us to go about our days healthy and feeling well.

What to look for

  • Frozen: Check the list of ingredients. The best choices are those that contain whole fruits and veggies, without added sauces, sugars or flavoring.
  • Canned: Choose fruits without added sugars and veggies without added salt. Also, look for fruits that are in their juices.
  • Fresh: Consider freezing fresh options such as berries or peeled bananas. Or, you can opt for longer-lasting fresh choices, such as spaghetti squash.
  • Dried: Fruits, such as dried mango or raisins, and veggies, including as dry-roasted edamame or kale chips, can be nutrient-dense snacking options. Opt for unsweetened or minimally salted options.
  • Steamed or blended: Veggies can be microwaved as a quick and easy side dish. Or, blend frozen spinach and fruits in your favorite smoothie recipe to boost your antioxidant intake.

Protein

The perks: It aids muscle repair, transports oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and helps regulate metabolism.

What to look for

  • Canned or packaged chicken, tuna or salmon.
  • Canned beans.
  • Rotisserie chicken.
  • Pre-cooked, frozen shrimp.
  • Prepackaged Greek yogurt.
  • Filtered or nut-based non-dairy milks, which boasts a fridge-life longer than most other types you can buy.
  • Legume or lentil-based pasta.

Whole grains

The perks: They offer antioxidants, including vitamin E to help with immune health. They also boast fiber for digestion and cholesterol management and complex carbs for energy that lasts.

What to look for

  • Brown rice.
  • Oats or oatmeal.
  • Frozen quinoa steamers.
  • Crackers.
  • Cereal.
  • Breads.

Healthy fats

The perks: “The good fats” are good for a reason. They’re a benefit to your heart health, your brain health, your cholesterol, and they can boost your energy, aiding in the absorption of essential nutrients.

What to look for

  • Nuts or nut butters.
  • Olive oil.
  • Flax or chia seeds.
  • Frozen avocado.
  • Dark chocolate.

Source: Hy-Vee.