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    Your health and nutrition go hand in hand. Our registered dietitians are available to give free advice, in-store or online. They can help with meal ideas, food lists for your pantry and healthy eating tips for a variety of health concerns and topics.

Food Tips from Our Dietitians

We're all shopping differently and cooking from home these days, so we asked our Hannaford Dietitians for some tips and tricks to make the most of each shopping trip.

Fruits and vegetables have valuable vitamins, minerals and fiber and also help us stay hydrated with their natural water content. If you're looking to make fewer trips to the store, keep these long-lasting fruits and vegetables on your list.

  • Apples: Apples can last up to 4 months in the refrigerator. Store them away from veggies because they give off natural ethylene gas that will make your vegetables ripen faster.
  • Cabbage: Cabbage can last up to 2 months, unlike lettuce greens, which may only last days due to their higher water content. Keep cabbage stored in plastic in your refrigerator.
  • Carrots: Carrots can last up to 3 months in the refrigerator. To maintain freshness, wrap them in a dry paper towel to absorb moisture and change it out when it becomes damp.
  • Onions: Keep onions stored in a cool space, between 30-50 degrees F, or store in a mesh bag (like the bag onions are sold in) in a dark cabinet.
  • Oranges: Oranges can last up to 2 months in the refrigerator. They're best stored loose in the crisper drawer. Leaving them in a plastic bag can cause them to rot.
  • Potatoes: Potatoes can last 2 to 4 months. The only potato that won't last 2 to 4 months is the sweet potato, which should be eaten within a week of purchase. Store potatoes in a dark cellar about 40 degrees F. Keep them away from onions and apples, which give off ethylene gas and will cause them to rot.
  • Squash: Squash can last up to 3 months. This root vegetable, when whole, can sit on your counter for a few months without going bad.

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Meet Anne L'Heureux, online Hannaford Dietitian. Anne is here to help you navigate a variety of nutrition topics, including special dietary needs, weight loss, understanding food labels, recipe makeovers and much more.

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