The Perfect Scouting for Food Bag
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With so many canned food options on the store shelves, how do I know what items are best to donate to food drives such as Scouting for Food? Answer:
After consulting with numerous food pantry directors in the area and seeking nutrition advice from Roberta Larson Duyff
, a local registered dietitian and author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide
, 4th edition 2012, we compiled what we like to call the Perfect Bag. The Perfect Bag contains variety of nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups.
- 2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili: Supplies many nutrients.
- 2 cans of tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- 1 can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
- 1 can of 100 percent pure fruit or vegetable juice: Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
- 1 can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
- 1 can of tomato or pasta sauce: Contains vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
- 1 canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
- 1 can of beans, refried beans or lentils: Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
- 1 can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.