While it’s true that many shelf-stable foods are often loaded with preservatives (think condiments, lunch meats, and bags of chips), a number of good-for-you foods naturally last for a long time. Stock up on these staples whenever it’s convenient, and they’ll be on hand when you’re ready to get cooking. Curious about the shelf life of more foods in your kitchen? Consult our comprehensive food storage chart.
Almonds are filled with monosaturated fatty acids, and they’re a great source of vitamin E and fiber. According to Fruit and Veggies More Matters, they can last for up to one year when stored in the refrigerator. Pack them for an afternoon snack or use them to make your own almond milk.
Packed with fiber, vitamin E, and a variety of antioxidants, (unopened) brown rice can last for one year at room temperature. After its been opened (to make, for example, this brown rice bowl with egg and avocado), it should stay good for about six months.
Chia seeds are packed with fiber and calcium, and have been linked to lower blood pressure. When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they can stay fresh for up to one year. Try them in one of these deliciously hearty breakfasts.
The only naturally “dehydrated” fruit, fiber-rich dates are a nutritious way to enhance a savory recipe or sweeten up a smoothie. They can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for several months, or refrigerated for up to one year.
Excerpted from realsimple.com