Getting Started with the Basics

The Physicians Committee
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Getting Started with the Basics

 

In PCRM’s proposed improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, participating grocers must supply basic healthful foods, referred to as “Healthy Basics”: 

Grains:

  • Rolled oats
  • Loaf of bread (high-fiber or pumpernickel)
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Whole wheat pasta

Beans:

  • Soy, rice, almond, or plant-milk of choice
  • Black beans – canned or dried
  • Garbanzo beans – canned or dried
  • Dried red lentils
  • Frozen edamame

Fruits:

  • Apple butter
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Berries (fresh or frozen)
  • Raisins

Vegetables:

  • Broccoli (fresh or frozen)
  • Spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Marinara sauce

Condiments:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce