Keeping a Healthy Pantry During a Quarantine

Having a healthy pantry is always a good idea, but especially important right now during these uncertain times. Knowing you have a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer will give you the freedom to prepare nutrient dense foods to support your immune system while you hunker down.

As much as we love our fresh vegetables, now is probably not the best time to buy fresh spinach for instance, as it will probably go bad before we get a chance to use it. The best foods to buy right now (if you can find them) are going to be frozen vegetables and fruits. However there are a few fresh produce items to purchase and these are ones that have a sturdy peel that helps protect them, such as:

. Garlic
. Onions
. Winter squash
. Lemons, limes and oranges
. Sweet potatoes
. Carrots
. Apples (sliced with almond or cashew butter makes a delicious snack)
. Pears

Other great staples are:

. F๐™ก๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ: almondย  flour,tapioca/arrowroot, coconut in hand. These are staples in a lot of our baking.

. N๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ and other spices: garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cumin, chili. They last forever and add so much flavour.

. C๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™๐™จ: diced tomatoes, olives, tuna/salmon/sardines, artichoke hearts, almond/cashew butter, strained tomatoes etc.

. N๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ as well as dried fruit: We always have almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried raisins (Delicious added to salads). These are best stored in the fridge or freezer to maintain freshness.

. O๐™ž๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™œ๐™–๐™ง : cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil (for Asian inspired dishes), as well as apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and balsamic.

. M๐™ž๐™ก๐™ : we like to keep cans of coconut milk in the fridge as well as almond and cashew milk.

. F๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฏ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ช๐™ž๐™ฉ: this can often be healthier and more nutrient dense than the premature picking and artificial ripening found in most grocery stores. In a morning smoothie made of frozen fruit, vegetables (like cauliflower) will be over powered by the fruit so you wonโ€™t taste the cauliflower, but it will give you some awesome benefits. In addition, collagen (optional, but a great way to get some quality amino acids) is the perfect way to start your day and boost your immune system.

. E๐™œ๐™œ๐™จ: free-range if possible. A definite staple for us.

. S๐™–๐™ช๐™˜๐™š๐™จ: coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute), hot sauce, mustard, red Thai curry paste.

. P๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ž๐™ฃ: chicken, minced turkey, salmon, beef, shrimp.

Having these pantry staples will make you feel calm, in control and prepared. Always do a check to make sure youโ€™re well stocked. Stay safe!

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