As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world and more people are being advised to self-isolate or to quarantine. People are rushing to their local supermarkets to stock up on food and household essentials. This is the best way to practice social distancing and lessen the possibility of getting exposed and contracting COVID-19.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared by keeping enough nutrition foods in the house that will last for up to two weeks to keep our family well-fed and safe from the pandemic. Read for our helpful grocery shopping list meant to guide you to prepare for prolonged periods of isolation.
What to Buy at the Grocery Story During a Pandemic
Grocery Shopping List
We’ve put together a list of nutrient-filled, shelf-stable foods, divided by sections. This will keep your whole family nourished and satisfied in the event that everyone will be staying inside for an extended period of time in the practice of social distancing.
It’s important to look for long-lasting fruits, whether it be canned (no added sugar) or fresh. Depending on the fruit, you should get plenty of vitamins from them.
While frozen and dried fruits do not contain the water that fresh fruit does, they still contain plenty of nutrients. These types of fruits can be used to create smoothies, top cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and it can also be added to baked goods.
- Fruit purees
- Canned fruit in water
- Frozen fruits
- Dried fruits
- Long-lasting fruits like apples, oranges, lemons, limes, etc.
Pandemic or not, vegetables the same as fruits should always be on top of everyone’s grocery list. They are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and other nutrients, canned veggies like corn, carrots, peas and green beans, are a great addition to lots of meals.
- Canned vegetables like corn, green beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes, etc.
- Canned vegetable-based soups
- Frozen vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- Canned or jarred tomato sauce
- Long-lasting fresh vegetables like onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.
Foods high in protein are a must-buy to keep everyone in the house healthy and strong. Since our body needs protein to maintain and repair tissues. Meanwhile, the kids need it for growth.
- Canned tuna or salmon
- Canned chicken or turkey
- Frozen fish like shrimp or pieces of salmon
- Deli meat
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and legumes
It's important to eat a diet that includes whole grains. And to fit whole grains into your menu more often—try eating some at every meal!
Cereal for breakfast, pasta or rice bowl for lunch, crackers and popcorn for snacking and cooked whole grains added in soup or salad or as a side dish at dinner.
- Pasta (whole wheat or chickpea)
- Brown rice
- Quinoa Oats
Dairy products are a good source of calcium. It also contains other important nutrients for bone health, such as phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, and protein. Aside from their benefits, these products are also staples ingredients to many recipes.
- Shelf-stable boxes of milk or powdered milk
- Hard cheeses like parmesan or pecorino
6. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats at the recommended daily amounts are an important part of a nutritious diet for both kids and adults. It is also a great source of energy.
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Flax seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Nut butter
Most of us are fortunate to live in a country where most tap water is drinkable. But for people who live in areas with limited access to it, water is supposed to be on top of the grocery shopping list.
These beverages should help each of your family members well hydrated through this quarantine.
- Electrolyte drinks
- Canned or boxed broth
8. Comfort Foods
Don’t neglect comforting food items like chocolate and coffee. Even if they’re not strictly essential, such items can make a big difference in your mental health and morale during a home quarantine.
- Favorite snacks
5 Easy and Healthy Recipes to Make at Home
Let's make the smart decision to practice social distancing and stay at home amidst the coronavirus, pandemic. That means we're skipping eating out and instead opting to cook our own meals using ingredients that we got from our grocery shopping list listed above.
Read on for easy and delicious recipes that will keep you satisfied during the quarantine.
1. Smoothie Bowl
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This Raspberry Mango Smoothie Bowl recipe isn’t just pretty. It also provides protein and a lot of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The perfect snack, breakfast or healthy dessert.
2. Potato Galette
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You might be stuck at home but you can take your family to France through their palettes with this classic French potato recipe. It goes perfectly as a snack or a side dish at dinner.
3. Salmon With Asparagus
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Healthy, tasty, simple and quick to cook. This salmon with asparagus recipe will have you and your family enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
4. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
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This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe feels like a restaurant meal. You'll be amazed that you can make this elegant pasta in such a quick time.
5. Quinoa Salad
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This ultra-flavorful and satisfying quinoa salad recipe is packed with superfoods, easy to make, and tastes incredible.
During a pandemic, our first response is taking extra precautions to keep our family safe and prepared, including making sure you have everything you need at home. That’s why we came up with this grocery shopping list to guide you through your shopping journey.
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What’s your comfort food amidst the pandemic? Let us know in the comments section below!
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