With many states including Wisconsin now issuing Shelter in Place orders many of us are spending the majority of our time at home. While certainly not what we want it is important to avoid as much contact as possible for the time being in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In this article I’m listing several foods I personally am stocking up on and suggest you do the same so there is always something with calories and nutrition on hand without frequent trips to the grocery store.
Virgin Coconut Oil: this versatile oil is great for cooking and baking and also comes with lots of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are burned preferentially by the body to create energy so having some coconut oil each day is great for keeping up energy levels. You can buy a big jar of this oil that will last for a few weeks or more for about $10-15.
Canned Tuna/Sardines: canned fish lasts forever and is a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for overall health. If you get sardines that still have the bones you also get a nice does of much needed calcium. Also, sardines are cheap. Because of this they are easy to stock up on.
Potatoes: first of all potatoes are darn near a complete food. Potatoes alone will keep you going for quite a while. You can also cook them and then freeze them for later use extending their shelf life even further. You can used them in soups, casseroles, or make mashed potatoes or some other recipe. Also adding fats via butter and protein is easy and any meal with potatoes is likely to fill you up. Once again they are relatively cheap too.
Frozen Fruit: fruits, especially berries, are a vital source of vitamins and minerals. Adding a cup of strawberries to a smoothie in the morning for example, adds a nice does of Vitamin C. The other really nice thing about frozen fruits is they are usually higher in vitamins than their fresh counterparts because they are frozen right after picking. Freezing also allows you to use them when you want and in what amounts rather than being forced to eat up the fresh fruits before they go bad. Bulk size bags are also available which lessens the cost.
Canned Beans and Vegetables: similar to frozen fruit, canned veggies add a nice does of minerals to a meal. And being canned they last much longer and are typically much cheaper than fresh produce. Asparagus, artichokes, and beans are great things to stock up on for later use.
Nutritional Yeast: this special yeast is not baking yeast. It has a slightly cheese like flavor. The reason it’s on this list is because nutritional yeast is absolutely loaded with B vitamins. And you don’ need to eat much to get all the B vitamins you need. Add it to soups, sprinkle on veggies or mix into eggs.
Seaweed Flakes: to be clear, any seaweed will be good for you. However many grocery stores carry salt shakers full of ground up kelp. The reason I suggest you stock up on this is because sea weed is one of the only foods that contains lots of natural iodine. Just a sprinkle a day will keep your body supplied with all the iodine it needs to regulate energy levels through thyroid function. Ohhh, and its pretty cheap compared to the sheets of seaweed too!
Check back often for other articles on foods, supplements and at home routines to maintain health during the pandemic. I’ll do my best to keep you as healthy as possible.