Nutrition in the Aisles - Retail Dietitian Toolkit

Theme 1: Stocking a Healthy Pantry

Talking Point

Talking Points


Shop the center aisles of your grocery store for healthy options like canned beans, fruits, vegetables, meats/seafood and low-sodium soups and broth.


People who eat diets rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and seafood tend to have a healthier weight and decreased risk of chronic diseases due to the nutrients they consume. Vegetables, legumes and fruits contain fiber, vitamins and minerals and other beneficial compounds. Seafood contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids, thought to be beneficial for heart health.


With canned food in your panty, a healthy meal is minutes away. Rely on them alone, or combine with fresh or frozen foods for a tasty snack or meal anytime. With no cleaning, chopping, seeding, peeling, cooking or soaking required, canned foods provide the ultimate convenience.

Education Materials

Education Materials

Pantry Heroes: 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep on Hand, available on, shines the spotlight on 5 versatile pantry favorites, providing nutrition, cost/convenience facts and reci-tips for each.

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Open-Face Chicken Bruschetta on Garlic Bread

Serves 4

Open Face Chicken Bruschetta


1 can (10 oz) chicken packed in water, drained
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
4 TBS olive oil, divided
2 TBS balsamic vinaigrette
Pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 medium slices crusty Italian bread
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Basil leaves for garnish


Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combine chicken, tomatoes, basil, green onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinaigrette and pepper. Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic. Brush olive oil-garlic mixture on both sides of bread. On a baking sheet, toast bread in the oven, about 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp. To serve, spread chicken mixture over toasted garlic bread. Top with feta cheese and basil leaves.

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