Disruption to routine of any kinds makes it harder to stick to healthy habits, and all the more so in the case of the coronavirus outbreak, with gyms closing and social distancing in place. But, even if you are limiting trips to the store, or there are slim pickings when you get there, you don’t have to be
limited to canned soup and crackers. Staying stocked with these healthy, budget-friendly staples is not only a smart way to navigate the coronavirus outbreak, but will help you stay on track whenever life throws a curveball.
1). Pick fresh, frozen food: Did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables are as nutritious as fresh ones? Skip the frozen dinners and opt for frozen produce with no added ingredients. Plus, frozen produce like butternut squash comes peeled and chopped, saving you prep time in the kitchen.
2). Load up on legumes: Dried legumes like lentils, black beans or chickpeas are healthy, non-perishable staples that are versatile and budget-friendly. A good source of protein and fibre, legumes make for hearty and delicious chili, stews and dips.
3). Better canned goods: Canned foods are a useful pantry staple, but rather than buying prepared canned foods that are loaded with added sugar and salt, look for canned ingredients. For example, skip the canned spaghetti and choose canned tomatoes to make your own tomato sauce.
4). Plan your produce: Keep fresh food on hand by stocking up on produce with a longer shelf life. Carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, squash, apples and citrus can all last weeks and some even months. Store them uncut and unwashed in the pantry or fridge.
5). Do delivery: If you aren’t up for making the trip, check if there is a grocery store near you that
delivers. Many grocery stores offer regional delivery for a small fee and/or with a minimum order.
Stocking up on healthy staples ensures you always have the basics to whip up a healthy meal, so throughout the coronavirus outbreak or just a busy week, you have a plan to eat well.