Nutrition in the Aisles - Retail Dietitian Toolkit

Theme 4: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Talking Point

Talking Points


Canned foods are often more affordable than frozen or fresh and provide essential nutrients our bodies need.


At a lower total cost-per-nutrient than fresh, frozen or dried, canned foods, like fruits, vegetables, seafood and beans, help bring nutritious meals to the table quickly and easily.


Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and seafood, is a solution to better nutrition. Canned foods should be a part of that solution, where “all forms” are included. Buy fresh in season and canned year-round to maximize your grocery dollar.

Education Materials

Education Materials

How Much Produce Can You Buy for $10? an infographic, available on, demonstrates how easy and affordable it is to stock up on nutritious foods when including canned options.

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Tuna and Black Bean Salad Lettuce Wraps

Serves 6

Tuna Black Bean Salad Wrap


1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (11 oz) tuna in olive oil, drained
3/4 cup fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 T minced Serrano peppers
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 TBS fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
6 large butter lettuce leaves


In large bowl, combine beans, tuna, tomatoes, onion, peppers, oil and lime juice. Toss gently, being careful to keep tuna in bite-size pieces. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Add parsley and cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Spoon tuna salad into lettuce leaves. Fold up lettuce leaves and eat taco style.

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