Coronavirus Stay at Home: What to Stock in Your Fridge
Thanks to stay at home orders from the CDC, you have plenty of time to think about what to stock in your fridge. Did you know that healthy food with enough vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can not only help you stay healthy, but strengthen your defenses against the more harmful effects of COVID-19? Various immune-supporting compounds are present in many types of food. While they won’t prevent you from getting coronavirus, they’re great options for eating healthy while in quarantine.
Some of the best items to stock in your Sub-Zero refrigerator now include:
Fruits & Vegetables
Perishables like fresh produce should be purchased whole (rather than pre-cut), and you can make them last longer by freezing them.
Some fruits that will last a while include apples, bananas, grapefruit, and oranges as well as lemons and limes, while berries, peaches, mangoes, and berries are perfect for the freezer. You can even stock up on freeze-dried fruit or dried items such as raisins, apricots, prunes, and mango. Even non-perishable canned and jarred fruits can provide the nourishment and refreshment you need.
There’s no shortage of healthy vegetable choices. Broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers will last and stay fresh when they’re unwashed and uncut. Carrots are hardy vegetables that can stay fresh for a while. Frozen veggies such as riced cauliflower, spinach, and green beans can anchor any meal, while dried vegetables make for a nutritious snack any time of day. Jarred tomato sauce and salsa are healthy food choices that are long-lasting.
Your immune system relies on protein to function. Standard sources include chicken, fish, and shrimp, but you’ll find plenty of protein in canned beans. The best types include chickpeas and lentils which are also high in fiber. Other protein sources include:
- Nuts: Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and pistachios.
- Dried beans: Roasted chickpeas, edamame, or broad beans.
- Cheese: Fresh or in the form of dried cheese crisps.
Also, don’t forget leading protein sources such as eggs, which can be mixed with just about anything and made in so many ways. Milk has even more protein (8 grams per cup). If you’re looking for alternatives to dairy milk, pea- and soy-based options come close in nutrients.
Grains & Grain Alternatives
Whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice are tasty and nutritious. Stock up on oats, popcorn, or whole wheat or seed crackers for your pantry, while whole-grain flower has plenty of nutrients. Sliced frozen bread can stay fresh for months in the fridge.
Yes, some fats are good for you. The best to stock up on include olive oil, avocado oil, and flax seeds. Chia seeds are excellent sources too. Also, freeze unsalted grass-fed butter for a good healthy fat source.
Always keep a stock of fresh water in your fridge. But also keep low-sugar electrolyte drinks, pre-made protein shakes, and even meal-replacement shakes in case you get sick. Low-sodium broth is a good addition to your shopping list as well.
Dark chocolate is not only sweet and satisfying, but nutritious. Protein bars can satisfy your hunger as well between meals. And, add some wine to fill the spaces left in your fridge. You’ll still need time to relax and unwind before things ease up.
Contact Wilshire Refrigeration
At Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance, Inc., we’re here to help you choose, install, and maintain your fridge and ensure everything on your shopping list stays fresh. We provide factory certified service to Sub-Zero refrigerators and other leading-brand appliances. Feel free to browse our services online and submit a request or call 800-427-3653 for in-home service.