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Last Updated on May 4, 2020
As social distancing and self-quarantine are being followed across the globe, food choices seem to get tougher for everyone locked indoors. It makes sense to stock some supplies because you wouldn’t want to step out every other day to pick groceries even if you are perfectly healthy. At the same time, you need to choose wisely as the last thing you would want to do is gain weight. Unfortunately, the risk is high right now as you are indoors all day and it isn’t much you can do in the name of exercise. Eating healthy is your best bet, so you need to be just extra wise while stocking your pantry. Here are some smart shopping hacks to help.
Opt for whole grains
Skip the white food variants and opt for whole ones instead. Whether it is your bread, tortillas or sandwich buns, prioritize the whole wheat version. Also, pick farro, quinoa, and other whole grains for your shopping cart. Popcorn is also a good choice. These foods are awesomely healthy and let you experiment to prepare a range of delicious and wholesome meals. Moreover, you end up cutting down the risk of weight loss as they are high in fiber.
Go lean on protein
Another super-smart idea to keep your pantry healthy during quarantine is to stock it up with lean protein. The best food options include skinless chicken breasts (which are great in this keto sweet and sour chicken recipe), eggs, tofu, beans and lentils, low-fat dairy, and seafood. Proteins are great for boosting your immunity while the lean variants pep you up without making you gain weight. These are the staples that give you ample cooking options.
Fresh veggies and fruits
Though you may be tempted to pick canned veggies and fruits right now, fresh ones are much better from the health perspective. Leafy greens and citrus fruits are ideal to keep your immunity levels on top. Check online ads and you will probably find an Aldi circular or flyer to know about the best day to shop. Since you would want to buy in bulk, it makes sense to shop during sales.
Stock on nuts and seeds
A fistful of nuts and seeds is the healthiest snacking option when you are indoors, otherwise, you may end up falling prey to the temptation of unhealthy snacking. Stock a variety of nuts and seeds, such as almonds, raisins, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and more. You can have them separately, prepare a delicious trail mix, or add them in your meal recipes to get that amazing crunch.
Buy only the healthiest oils
Quarantine routine can make you sedentary, which makes it all the more important to cut down your cholesterol intake. So now is the time when you should cook only in the healthiest of oils. Choose olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil instead of full-fat butter. Cut down on the oil usage to the minimum and use healthy cooking techniques such as roasting and baking.
Apart from picking the right foods for your pantry, steer clear of wrong choices. Processed foods are the main culprit to avoid and you should avoid foods high in sugar, salt, and fat as well. Right dietary choices are` vital at this point because it can strengthen your immunity and keep you fit as well.
Author Bio: Elaine Mathew has worked with several marketers and bloggers including Outreach Monks and other popular sections such as the Huffington Post and Forbes. Her skills with the words have always been the most fascinating part of her personality.