These are the food staples you should stock during social distancing and self-quarantining to stay healthy and on track!
Fruits and Veggies:
While stocking your pantry, fridge and freezer, it is a good idea to stock both with fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits and vegetables hold the same nutrients as fresh produce, but last longer. When looking for canned vegetables and fruits to stock up on look for low/no sodium and unsweetened fruits.
- Frozen fruits: Such as berries, mangoes, and tropical fruit are great to incorporate into smoothies while still getting your daily serving of fruit in.
- Bananas: Although can ripen pretty fast, can be eaten as is and once they turn be frozen for later. Frozen banana slices are great to throw into smoothies or be used to make a delicious banana bread.
- Freeze dried fruits: Are still an excellent way to get your daily serving of fruit in, without the worry of a quick expiration date. You can add freeze dried fruit to homemade trail mix or just eat plain.
- Frozen vegetables: While still getting all the nutrients as fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables are easy to store longer.
It is still very important to make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of protein daily. Your immune system cells rely on protein. At this time, it is important to maintain a strong immune system.
- Canned Beans: A great source of protein as well as fiber. Make sure when stocking up, you look for low or no sodium. Beans are great to top on salads, throw into soups, and have a long shelf life.
- Nuts: With a wide variety, you can mix it up and add to meals or snacks. Nuts are great to add to homemade trail mix, crushed on salads, or just eaten plain.
- Canned Fish: Tuna and salmon as well as sardines are great sources of protein. These different protein sources come in cans and packets making them easy to keep and store. Top off your salad, mix in with pasta, or simply on top of a cracker.
These are grain and grain alternatives such as pasta and bread. They provide fiber and other vital nutrients to maintain your health. Most of these items have a long shelf life and can be stored for a long time.
- Breads: Although bread does not have a long shelf life, you can easily freeze it to keep fresh longer. Frozen bread can be stored for up to a month and is a great way to incorporate whole grains.
- Pasta: Is a great dish that you can easily sneak in veggies and protein. You can now get red lentil and chickpea pastas that are both gluten free and full of nutritional benefits.
- Popcorn: This light and airy snack is full of fiber and oh so delicious. Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, and pairs well with your favorite movie!
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