Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Let’s be real; the world is at a crazy place right now. COVID-19 has evoked so much fear, stress, and anxiety. It is crucial to support each other during this time and try to stay home as much as we can, which is easier said than done. Below you’ll find some foods I suggest buying so that you can minimize the number of times you frequent the grocery store. It’s important to get foods from all food groups so that your diet can stay pretty balanced during this chaotic time.
Here are some ideas:
For whole grains, consider picking up some whole-grain bread, wraps, or tortillas. These can be frozen and taken out when needed. Dry grains such as oatmeal, rice, breakfast cereals, and pasta, are also good choices. Whole-grain crackers make a great crunchy snack.
For fruits, apples, oranges, lemons, and limes will last a while in the refrigerator. Frozen fruits can be thawed and eaten on oatmeal, yogurt, or blended into your favorite smoothie. Canned and jarred fruits in 100% juice make easy options and have a long shelf life. I love adding these to cereals or yogurt. 100% fruit juices are also a way to squeeze in some vitamin C.
Like fruits, vegetables can be purchased frozen or canned. My favorites include broccoli, green beans, carrots, spinach, and peas. Marinara sauce or canned tomatoes are good to have on hand to top your favorite pasta, and vegetable-based soups will last for months to years on your pantry shelf.
There are countless options when it comes to dairy. I have noticed that many plant milks have longer expiration dates as does ultrapasteurized milk (does not have to be frigerated). Did you know that milk can be frozen? You can freeze milk, yogurt, and cheese to have on hand. Running out of freezer space? Consider dry or condensed milk.
Stay strong during COVID-19 with protein. Shelf-friendly items include nuts and nut butter, canned or dried beans/legumes, and canned fish or poultry. Many proteins can be purchased fresh and then kept in the freezer. Pasteurized eggs usually have a more extended expiration date, and most eggs in a carton (eggbeaters) can be frozen.
During this time of stress, I encourage having fun foods on hand to keep meals exciting and satisfying. Some ideas include salsa, jams or jelly, your favorite treat (cookies, chocolate, ice cream, etc.), instant potatoes, and your favorite frozen meals.
I hope these ideas help alleviate some stress, at least in regard to what foods to buy. Wishing you health and safety during this unusual time.
Lots of love,