For example;some student housing units don't have kitchens,so students by into campus meal plans.
Other folks may live in single room occupancy hotels, temporary shelters or in camps without kitchens.
Wherever your living situation, having some low cost,no-cook food and meal ideas on your back pocket can help you eat healthfully when you can not or simply feels not to cook.
Essential and most needed foods for your system with basics on how to acquire them are elaborated below: without a kitchen,your options are limited to;
Shelf ready-to-eat foods like: canned and packaged food products.
Single servings of fresh, ready-to-eat foods. Without a fridge storing foods or leftovers (foods not spoil quickly) are not food safe.
Shopping tips for lower cost no-cook foods and meals:
1. Plan to shop everyday for foods that need to be refrigerated like:deli salads,sliced meats or cheeses and fresh milk.
2. If your food storage space is limited look for single serving Food options in the produce, bakery,deli and bulk sections of the store.
3. You can enjoy fruits and vegetables year round.Fresh, frozen, canned or dried-they count. Buy in section fruits and veggies to help stick to your budget.
4. Canned fruits, vegetables,beans, fish and meats have already been cooked and are super convenient. All you need is a can opener.
NB: Some canned foods are high in Sodium and for canned fruits high in sugar. Look on the label for, "no salt added", "no sugar added","packed in water" or "packedin juice"- these are healthy options. Compare Nutrition Food tables on packages and choose the option that the least amount of Sodium and sugar.
5. When buying deli meats, choose unprocessed meats like:roast chicken or beef.
Add these lower cost, ready-to-eat foods to your shopping list and set yourself up for some simple no-cook meats:
Fruits: apples, oranges and bananas.
Vegetables: carrots, pepper, avocado, small cucumbers and tomatoes; lower Sodium canned tomatoes, corn,peas, carrots and beets; and bags of washed lettuce or deli salads.
Grains products: whole grain breads.
Milk and alternatives: powdered Milk.