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73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables on average two times a week.
I know, at times, my family is guilty of that. We purchase fresh fruit or vegetables but then sports, school, work, or life get in the way. Before you know it, the food is starting to spoil and those fruit flies are buzzing around. Eww.
When Mom it Forward invited us to become a Canbassador we gladly accepted the challenge. We’ve kept cans foods in the house before…but before watching this video, I really had no idea that canned food could be just as healthy if not healthier than its alternative. (Take a look.)
To get my kids involved I asked them to think about just what kinds of canned food could we stock in our Cantry. Of course, they came up with the same canned foods you are probably familiar with beans, peas, corn, and peaches. I knew with 2-3 aisles of our local Shoprite filled with cans there had to be more than that. I set out on a mission to take my kids on a Scavenger Hunt in our grocery store. (Yes, I might have been a little crazy, 3 boys, 26 letters, and 1 Shoprite.) We took pictures and some video from our adventure.
Our UnCanny Scavenger Hunt for Cans
Our Scavenger Hunt began with giving my kids flashcards for each letter of the alphabet. We traveled the aisles looking for canned goods that either started with one of the letters A through Z or the brand name did. I admit we did have a little trouble with Q and X so we went for canned foods that had that letter in their name. In the end, my kids said they had fun. They learned about new foods that come in a can, what’s healthy, and what’s not, and they learned more about reading labels.
Here’s what we found on our UnCanny Scavenger Hunt for Cans
- Allens Navy Beans
- Baked Beans from Goya
- Chipolte from La Morena
- Del Monte Fancy Cut Green Beans
- Evaporated Milk from Carnation
- Fruit Cocktail Shoprite Brand
- Green Pigeon Peas from Aunentico
- Hunt’s Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes
- Ice cream toppings like jimmies (sprinkles) from Cake Mate
- Jumex Guava Nectar
- Kale Greens from Glory
- Libby’s Sweet Peas
- Mixed Greens from Glory
- Nesquik Chocolate Powder mix
- Olives from Goya
- Pink Beans from Goya
- Q ~ Bush’s Grilled Beans Sweet MesQuite Flavor
- Refried Beans from La Costena
- Soda Crackers from Goya
- Tuna from Dolores
- U ~ Mushroom Gravy
- Vegetable Classics Lentils from Progresso
- Water Chestnuts from Geisha
- X ~ Maxwell House Coffee
- Yams from Bruce’s Yams
- Zucchini from Del Monte
See more pictures from our UnCanny Scavenger Hunt on Facebook.
Now, I agree you may not want to eat all of these foods at one once, but the combination of several above can make the basis for a very good meal. Take your kids on their own scavenger hunt. Let them learn about eating healthy while you stock up your Cantry Pantry.
By having a well stocked Cantry/Pantry, you
- make your meal planning easier since you’ll have what you need in the house,
- reduce waste as canned food has a longer shelf life than fresh food,
- may be eating healthier since some canned items are healthier than their fresh (non canned) alternative,
- and save money by reducing the amount of money you spend on food that gets wasted.
About the Cans Get You Cooking Campaign
Cans Get You Cooking is a community that knows the can is one of the best tools to get food from farm to table with the fun, freshness, nutrition and flavor that families love and deserve.
What do you think? What items do you keep stocked in your Cantry Pantry?