Four Reasons To Eat Canned Food

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I don’t know about you, but I grew up eating canned food. My mom was a wiz in the kitchen and as a busy mom, she relied on using canned food whenever possible. Suffice it to say, as a busy mom myself, I too rely on using canned food whenever I can as well. It seems canned food has gotten a bad reputation over the years and I am here to dispel that. With February being National Canned Food month, what a great time to give you a few reasons to get into the pantry, grab a few cans and cook up something spectacular! This post is the first one I’ll be sharing this year as part of my #Canbassador relationship with and Mom it Forward.  Opinions are my own.


Four Reasons To Eat Canned Food

  1. Nutrition, Freshness and Flavor: If you grab a can of vegetables or fruit, you should know they are picked at their peak of ripeness within just a few hours. This locks in the nutrients, natural goodness and nutrition but you do not need to eat it immediately, because it is in a can!

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      1. Healthy Diet: Canned produce is just as nutritional as fresh or frozen, and sometimes even better! If you were to eat 6 or more canned goods in a two week period, you are likely to exceed the RDA, getting 17 essential nutrients in your diet!


      1. Easy To Use: This one is a no brainer! Using canned food means less prep, which means less time in the kitchen. If you have a well-stocked “Cantry”, you can prepare a weeks’ worth of homemade meals you will feel good about serving your family.


      1. Less Waste: I don’t know about you, but I will stock up on fresh produce and a good portion of it will go bad before I can use it all. US consumers will throw away up to 20% of the fresh fruits and veggies on a yearly basis. With canned goods, you do not have that problem! And even better is you can recycle your cans!

Cans Make The Meal


Cans Get You Cooking is a great program which is spreading the good news about using canned food. They are sharing the information about canned food and how nutritious, fresh, and flavorful it can be. will be producing a 30 minute special which you can see in the Cooking Channel this month. Kelsey Nixon, is the host of the Emmy nominated show, Kelsey’s Essentials, which airs on the Cooking Channel. Kelsey will show viewers around the canned food aisle, share fun facts about canned food and will create some delicious meals inspired by canned foods. You can see Kelsey at 10:00 AM EST on February 22nd  and 28th.

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Also, in honor of National Canned Food Month, Kelsey will be judging Cans Get You Cooking’s Cantry Cook-Off Recipe Contest! Entrants must create a unique recipe using at least 2 canned foods and then submit the recipe, along with a photo of their dish, for a chance to win $5,000! Now that will buy you a lot of canned food right?! You have until March 31, 2015 to enter – just visit CansGetYouCooking.Com!


You too can celebrate the importance of using canned foods by participating in Cantry Thursdays. Face it, by the time Thursday rolls around, you have had a long week and you may not feel like trudging to the grocery store to stock up for a homemade meal. Instead of reaching for a takeout menu, reach for a few canned foods from your Cantry and create a delicious and nutritious meal for your family!

Do you have a stocked cantry in your house? 


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  • If I can’t get fresh I get canned fruits and vegetables. I don’t mind frozen fruits but sometimes when the thaw they get mushy. I don’t like a lot of frozen vegetables either. Their texture is off. So cans are the perfect, affordable, alternative for me to eat the good stuff.

  • We use a lot of canned foods, but I do try to buy fresh as much as possible.

  • My favorite canned food is beans, they are so good and amazing to add in almost any dish!

  • I like to keep a nice little stockpile of canned foods on hand at all time. I love that it lasts so long and you don’t have to constantly worry about things going bad.

  • I definitely need to stock up on some more canned foods. I like to cook a lot from scratch, but I don’t always want to. Canned food is just so convenient. :)

  • I like using canned food because it’s easy. We also can our own foods some years.

  • I don’t have a stocked cantry, but I think they needs to change :)

  • I like the shelf life of canned foods. It’s no problem if you want to stock up on extra supplies.

  • I don’t eat too much canned food, because I prefer to buy fresh produce. But I do from time to time add canned food to stir frys I’m making (like mushrooms, pineapple etc).

  • I am SO going to start cooking with canned foods. A: I hate to cook, so anything that helps me get that business over sooner is great. B: I have a super busy schedule, so – again – anything that helps me get that business over sooner is great.

  • I have such a hectic schedule that cooking with canned food helps me so much. It takes less time to make a dish, and that is ALWAYS a big help.

  • I love to use canned foods. I never throw anything out, and I never have to chop anything. It’s perfect!


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