While the lockdown is in full swing, we are all stocking up on food, drinks and other essentials that we need. Or at least we think we need to during the lockdown! Here is a complete healthy shopping & eating guide for you to follow during the lockdown!
Pre-Planning Is A Must!
It is essential that you pre-plan what you are going to need for the next 2 weeks. Make a list of what you and your family would need during the next 1-2 weeks and once you get to the market, stick to the list! This will help prevent overbuying and will also help you avoid multiple trips to the market.
Be A Smart Hoarder
Food has a life-span, some shorter than others. Ensure you do not overstock on perishable foods such as they will only go to waste or you will end up over-consuming them. While fruits and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet, try and store up on foods with a slightly longer shelf life such as beans, root vegetables, etc. Other foods that have a longer life-span such as lentils, grains, and cereals might be a better option to stock up on.
A healthy and well-balanced diet is the best thing you can give your body during this lockdown. Lentils such as kidney beans, chickpeas, and black beans are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can also be cooked into various delicious and healthy meals!
Spice It Up
Spices are one of the easiest ingredients to store, use and offer a ton of health benefits. Avoid fancy dried herbs and exotic spices. Instead opt for the usual commonly used spices such as haldi, pepper, cloves, garlic, ginger, etc. These simple spices will add flavor and a boost of good health to every meal!
Know Your Grains!
Did you know, whole grains can make up for a whole day’s quota of your carbohydrate intake? Foods rich in carbohydrates are known to help increase serotonin levels, which in turn can help lower stress levels naturally! You can easily store whole grain foods such as wheat flour, rice, bajra, pasta or even vermicelli without worrying about food spoilage.
Snack on This!
Many of us like to hoard up on junk food and unhealthy snacks simply because they are cheap, have a long shelf-life and tasty. Well, the downside of these foods is that they are high in salt, sugar, fat and offer up almost no nutritional value at all. Unhealthy snacking can seriously affect your weight since we are all holed up in our houses this lockdown. So opt for some dry fruits and nuts instead. They can be eaten plain, roasted or even added to meals!
Know that you know these guidelines, ensure that while you are stocking up on the right kind of food to help you and your family stay healthy and happy during the lockdown!