Now that Covid19 has been classified as a pandemic, people are rushing to the supermarkets and buying everything they can. The pictures of empty supermarket shelves were circulated all over the internet and social media. However, is this the right way to shop during a pandemic? Not at all. So what should you buy at the grocery store during a pandemic? Here are the answers:
1. Legumes and beans
Legumes and beans can make the best meals rich in proteins, and they can also be more long-lasting than other things you would buy. Mix beans with your salads and maybe pasta dishes or use them in stews and soups.
2. Canned fish
Canned tuna and salmon, and maybe other types of canned fish, are highly nutritious and can give you a needed boost of omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Peanut butter and other nut butter
Nut kinds of butter contain a lot of healthy fats and protein, and you can pair them with a lot of foods that make a great snack.
4. Whole-wheat and bean quinoa, pasta and brown rice
Use these grains that are rich in nutrients as side dishes and in salads. You can even mix them with your favorite proteins or vegetables. What about a healthy tuna and quinoa salad for this afternoon?
You can cook oat and add some toppings like sundried tomatoes and grated cheese to it, or maybe eggs to make them a quick meal rich in nutrients.
6. Cereals that are high in fiber
A bowl of cereals in the morning with low-fat milk can keep you feeling full and energized for a long time. You can also consume it as a quick small meal or snack.
7. Dried fruit and chocolate
Dried fruits are a good source of iron, antioxidants, and fiber with a sweet taste. Stock on dried figs, apricots, cranberries, raisins and prunes, and mix them with nuts, pistachios, almonds and other types of nuts and seeds as a great snack. Chocolate can also be a healthy snack, but make sure that you buy dark chocolate instead of the one filled with milk, as it is rich in flavanols that have anti-aging properties.
8. Water, milk
To stay hydrated you need to stock up on the types of liquids you drink the most. Remember this rule of emergency: stock at least one gallon of water for each person per day, and keep a 3 days’ supply in handy, unless you drink tap water. In this case, buying big amounts of water is useless. Milk is a great source of calcium and Vitamin D that helps boost your immunity.
9. Fresh meat and seafood
Fresh meat and seafood can be put in the freezer and cooked when needed.
Popcorn is considered a great source of fiber. You can add some flavors to it, such as sprinkles of Parmesan cheese on top to make it a savory snack or even dried fruits or chocolate chips for a sweet snack.