In times like these, staying healthy is a top priority. Giving your body the fuel it needs can go a long way towards that goal—and nothing’s better than a home-cooked meal.
We spoke with nutritionist Shauna Lindzon, who shared some ideas on keeping your fridge full and your belly satisfied in the weeks ahead.
Keep your pantry stocked for easier meals
Staying home as much as possible will not only protect yourself, but also your loved ones. By keeping your pantry full of staples and tweaking your grocery shopping habits, you can minimize your trips without sacrificing variety or taste.
When it comes to your freezer, it’s important to think long-term. Fill it with a variety of items that can last for weeks and round out what’s in your fridge and cupboards. Use frozen fruit to make your favourite smoothies—they’re full of vitamins and nutrients that can help you stay healthy. Frozen vegetables are also great to have on hand for those days when you run out of fresh ones. And finally, things like frozen meat and fish are useful. You can thaw them out and have dinner ready in no time!
Don’t just fill your fridge with highly perishable items. Remember to stock it up with things that will last a long time before they go bad: if you buy things like eggs, hardy vegetables and cheese, you won’t have to worry about them spoiling too fast. Pre-sliced cold cuts are also a great idea. Make yourself a quick snack or throw together a sandwich when you need lunch in a hurry.
The cupboard is a great place for storing dried and canned goods that will last for months. Fill it up with grains, pasta, beans, and canned vegetables and fish—all things that can keep you feeling full for longer. This will give you a solid base to build from when you’re planning your meals.
Go through your kitchen and make an inventory
Right now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning. Go through your kitchen and get rid of things you no longer need, or that have expired. This will give you the extra space you need to build your ideal pantry. Make a list of the things you have on hand and be sure to check it when you’re planning your meals or getting ready for your next grocery trip. This can keep you from over-buying and help you stick to your budget!
By stocking your pantry and rethinking your habits, you can stay on top of your personal food inventory and unleash your creativity in the kitchen!