How to Stock Your Healthy “Survival Kit”
Did you go to the grocery store this week?
Probably a silly question, but kidding aside what did you notice during your trip? With looming thoughts of self-quarantine, social distancing, work-from-home, no school and illness it seemed like nutrition took a bit of a back seat. Make no mistake, I am not minimizing the importance of purchasing shelf-stable, frozen or easy to prepare foods! However, we are lucky to live in a world where fresh food is usually accessible and preparing for disaster is out-of-sight and out-of-mind. It is no surprise that the idea of quarantine had most of us reaching for the frozen pizza, pasta and sauce, and 5lb bags of potatoes while leaving the fresh produce untouched.
If this sounds like you, don’t stop reading and definitely don’t beat yourself up, you are not alone! But, let’s use this as a learning experience and create a plan for stocking your “healthy survival kit.” Whether you are stuck inside during a blizzard, quarantined from the coronavirus, working from home, or just want to be more prepared, here are some ideas to plan your pantry. Who knows, you might have more time right now to cook! (click the text for more details!)
- Turn your veggies into freezer-friendly meals – eat your colors!
- Instead of store-bought frozen pizzas, try making your own to freeze
- Make a healthy trail mix or granola
- Try pickling your vegetables for easy storage
- Make your own bread with items you have in your pantry
- Stock up on foods that will last longer in your cabinet, fridge or freezer
Need some help creating a plan? Nutrition services with a Registered Dietitian are covered by most insurance carriers. With the growing health crisis, states are expanding these resources to include tele-health so you can meet with your Dietitian from the comfort and safety of your home. ASK US A QUESTION OR REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT TO LEARN MORE!
Briana Bruinooge, RD, LD, CSSD, Certified Personal Trainer
Specialties: Performance nutrition for athletes, weight management, meal planning, motivation/goal setting and positive body image awareness
Locations: Portsmouth, NH; Worksite Wellness; Tele-Health
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