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Diet Staples For Your Emergency Food Kit

Diet and COVID-19
Market intelligence company FMCG Gurus reported in April that 72 percent of shoppers across Europe now prefer more healthy food options because of their COVID-19 experience. Pixabay

When you find yourself opening your pantry and finding only an oddball assortment of foods that includes a can of tomato sauce and maybe some leftover beans – it’s time to prepare differently the next time you shop. But what should you get?

Top Healthy Food Staples For Your Emergency Food Kit

It’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for us to leave our houses in order to do groceries, and so we must make sure that every trip where we risk ourselves should be worth it. And that means that you need to stockpile up on healthy essentials that are both long-lasting and nonperishable, and not chocolate bars. Okay, maybe a couple bars.

"Gather a supply of versatile ingredients, so you can prepare healthy meals," Emily Gelsomin, a registered dietitian with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospita, saidl.

But if you’re still finding it hard to create an emergency food kit that’s also healthy, then we’ve made this list for you:

  1. Fruits – Opt for frozen fruits such as berries, peaches and cherries since they retain their texture even when thawed. For snacks, you can also choose dried fruits like prunes, raisins, figs and apricots.
  2. Vegetables – Aim to keep a good variety of color when it comes to vegetables and make sure there are at least five colors. Frozen veggies like canned carrots, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, kale and spinach are fantastic options.
  3. Canned Meat – Limit canned meat like hams. Instead, opt for chicken , salmon and canned tuna for your protein source options.
  4. Legumes – At a minimum, stock up on dried lentils, canned peas, garbanzos and navy beans since they are important sources of protein, fiber and carbohydrates.
  5. Whole Grains – Grab some oatmeal, whole-grain crackers, whole-grain breads, brown rice and quinoa.
  6. Milk – Get a box or two of cow’s milk because they are an inexpensive protein source. Some also have calcium.
  7. Seasonings – Include options like rosemary, garlic powder, cinnamon or chili powder.
  8. Soup Stock – Soup is always a good and an easy-to-prepare option. But include low- or no-sodium varieties. Vegetables are also a good soup ingredient.

Diet and COVID-19 Market intelligence company FMCG Gurus reported in April that 72 percent of shoppers across Europe now prefer more healthy food options because of their COVID-19 experience. Pixabay

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