10 healthy foods that never expire

Learn how to build a solid pantry with these long-lasting, nutrient-rich options for better health.

10 healthy foods that never expire


Are you tired of throwing out expired foods from your pantry? Imagine never having to worry about expiration dates again. In a world where food preservation is crucial, it's great to discover that there are certain foods that never expire. These wonderful foods not only provide long-term nutrition and sustenance, but also provide a sense of security in times of uncertainty. From the ancient grains of yesteryear to the humble honey found in many households, these 10 healthy foods defy the odds and remain timeless in their ability to nourish and delight. Join us as we explore these unusual foods and reveal their secrets to lasting freshness.

No more food waste: 10 healthy staples that never expire

We recommend storing these long-lasting food items whenever convenient so that they are on hand when you are ready to cook. Want to know the shelf life of more foods in your kitchen?

1- Almonds

Almonds are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, are a great source of vitamin E and fiber – and can last up to one year when stored in the refrigerator. I use them as an afternoon snack or use them to make your own almond milk.

2- Rice

Brown Rice Rich in fiber, vitamin E and a variety of antioxidants, brown rice (unopened) can last for one year at room temperature. After opening it stays for about six months.

3- Chia seeds

Chia seeds are filled with fiber and calcium, and have been linked to lower blood pressure. When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it can stay fresh for up to one year. Try it in one of our delicious breakfast meals.

4- Dates

The only naturally dried fruit, dates are rich in fiber and are a nutritious way to enhance a delicious recipe or dessert. It can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for several months, or refrigerated for up to one year.

5- Dried beans

Unlike canned beans, which are often stored in sodium, dried beans are free of additives and preservatives. They are also an excellent source of protein and cholesterol-free, and can last up to two years in the pantry.

6- Nut butter

Full of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, nut butter can last at room temperature for nine months unopened (once opened, it will keep good for three months). Look for jars with short ingredient lists and zero added trans fats.

7- Oats

Oats are an excellent source of fiber, help keep cholesterol under control, and contain vitamins, minerals and even some protein. It can be stored in unopened containers in a cool, dry place for up to four months.

8- Olive oil

Olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fat. Drizzle olive oil on toast or use it when roasting vegetables. An unopened bottle will keep at room temperature for one year, and once opened it will keep for six months.

9- Quinoa grains

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, which means it's a "complete protein," and will keep for up to four months in the pantry. Toss the high-fiber grain into a burrito or mix it into a salad.

10- Winter squash

From acorns to acorns to delicata, winter squash (and pumpkin!) can stay fresh for up to three months when stored in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. A good source of vitamin C, try roasting pumpkin wedges or blending them into soup.
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