In the midst of this global pandemic, self-quarantine is truly the only way to prevent exponential spread of this virus. Here’s an interesting visual simulator that explains it in an easy-to-understand way.
Whether you are in one of the many states and/or cities that currently have a shelter-in-place order or are just trying to follow CDC guidelines, you might be wondering what this means for your diet.
While most shelter-in-place orders still allow you to leave the house to perform essential tasks such as grocery shopping, the less you can leave the house, the better. With that, while you don’t want to panic and/or hoard, you may want to try to plan out meals for the next two weeks and get supplies all at once.
But how, you might ask? We’ve got you covered! Read on for more.
Have a solid grocery list.
A basic grocery list should include items from the major food groups and macronutrients. We’re breaking down each bucket below, along with a sample grocery list.
Ground beef/turkey, chicken breasts, shrimp, and/or tofu that you can keep in the freezer
Canned salmon, tuna, sardines, and chicken
Dried or canned beans, lentils, and chickpeas
Eggs which can last for at least 4 weeks in fridge
Hard cheese which last several weeks in airtight wrap
Fruits & Veggies:
Hearty fresh fruits and veggies such as melon, citrus fruits, apples, squash, carrots (whole, not baby), potatoes, radishes, onion, and garlic - these can last 2-4 weeks (sometimes more!) in the fridge
Canned items such as diced tomatoes, green beans, pears, etc (try to look for BPA-free lining!)
Frozen items such as berries for smoothies, peas, cauliflower rice, spinach, mixed vegetables, etc
Jarred items such as spaghetti sauce or apple sauce
Bread (which can be frozen!)
Grains such as rice, quinoa, and whole wheat (or chickpea) pasta
Frozen whole-wheat or GF waffles/pancakes, or pancake/waffle mix
Coconut oil or ghee
Nuts and nut butters
Spices (garlic powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, salt & pepper, chili powder, taco seasoning, and turmeric are our favorites)
Condiments (spicy mustard, bbq sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, minced garlic, oil & vinegar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and horseradish are our faves)
Non-perishable nut milks such as almond, coconut, or macadamia
Baking staples such as vanilla extract, baking soda, cacao, flour & sweetener of choice
Dried fruits and veggies
Yogurt or cottage cheese
Goodies from your CLEAN.FIT box :)
Plan out meals in advance.
This is a good idea just in general, but especially when you need to consider not getting to the grocery store regularly.
Here are some of our favorite recipes, which can be made using the ingredients above (you can of course make substitutions as needed based on what you have on hand)!
Good ole’ fashioned oatmeal - you can’t go wrong! Top with frozen/dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, sweetener of choice
Easy whole wheat pancakes - double or triple the batch and keep them in the freezer - then pop them in the toaster when ready to enjoy!
Protein muffins - these are a filling option that can last at least a week in an air-tight container (or longer in the freezer!).
Try these delicious grain-free blueberry muffins - add 1 cup of protein powder (and an extra 3 tbsp of nut milk) to bring the protein up to ~15G per
Egg casserole - these are easy to make, high in protein, and delicious! Plus, they store in the fridge for several days, or the freezer for months!
Try this yummy, Whole-30 friendly egg bake. You can totally use frozen veggies (and omit the sausage if you prefer)
Sardine toasts with tomato and sweet onion - you could also use tuna instead of sardines
Grilled cheese with apples - the kiddos should love this one
Easy chicken noodle soup - try rice instead of noodles
Bone broth - try using a rotisserie chicken carcass instead of beef bones
Linguine with fried eggs and garlic - a super simple recipe you can whip up with very few ingredients.
Salmon patties - use dried dill and parsley instead of fresh unless you have it on hand
Red beans and rice - an oldie but goodie
Chili - great for making in bulk and freezing
Tuna and white bean gratin - improvise or skip ingredients you don't have
Cuban picadillo - raisins are optional. Try adding additional frozen veggies for more nutrients - we like peas.
Garlic spinach pasta with chickpeas - use frozen spinach if you don’t have fresh
Healthier sloppy joe's - try turkey instead of beef
Dessert: Let’s talk about procrastibaking, shall we? When you’re cooped up in the house, you may have the urge to occasionally whip something up Betty Crocker-style in the kitchen in order to put off doing something else you *probbbbably* should be doing instead. But you know what? We embrace the occasional procastibaking, because sometimes you just need to give your brain a break!
On that note, check out these easy, delicious, and healthy-ish dessert recipe ideas.
Vegan and GF rice krispy treats - put the kiddos to work making these
Black bean brownies - we promise you won’t be bale to tell these are healthy!
5-minute superfood protein cookie dough bites - these are so dang good. Use coconut oil if you don’t have coconut butter on hand.
Other quarantine-cooking tips:
Make a couple of your favorite recipes and store them in the freezer. Almost everything can be frozen!
Prepare large batches of foods like chili, pasta sauce, meatballs, and similar freezer-friendly items to store as well.
Get fresh fruits and veggies, wash and chop them, and store in the fridge. Some good options for this: broccoli, bell peppers, onions, berries, bananas & avocados (for smoothies), and cauliflower.
Continue trying to support your local restaurants by ordering takeout occasionally as well!
Have any other tips or tricks for making the best of cooking at home during quarantine? We’d love to hear! Please send us a note or comment on our #TipTuesday IGTV on the topic!