Impulsive buying or panic buying. That has been the response of most people from different countries and/or communities around the world to the implementation of home quarantine in light of the coronavirus disease spread.
Due to people’s impulse to have or secure enough stocks of necessities at home, most grocery and convenience stores [of all shapes and sizes] were left with empty shelves.
Aside from the in-demand personal health and hygiene items such as alcohol, hand sanitizers, tissue rolls, respiratory protection such as surgical masks and N-95 respirators, and disinfectant sprays, instant goods, canned goods, and processed foods are some of the often sold-out products.
On that note, this article dropped down some of the superfoods you should be stocking in your fridge in times of home quarantine instead of the unhealthy goods and/or processed foods.
Why Choose to Stock Superfoods over Canned or Instant Goods, & Processed Foods?
It’s said that those people who have a stronger immune system have lower risks of getting infected by the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
With that being said, you might want to know that superfoods are a good source of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to keep your immune system at its top shape given that they’re organic.
Whereas, canned goods, instant goods, and processed foods aren’t advisable since most of them are packed with preservatives, have artificial ingredients, low in fibre and other essential nutrients, mostly high in refined carbs, and so on.
Go ahead and find out these superfoods you must include in your grocery list before anything else.
Acai berries, a Brazillian “superfruit”, are homegrown and considered a staple food to the Amazon region.
This dark purple fruit has healthy fats and low contents of sugar. Acai berries also contain trace minerals and plant properties such as anthocyanins.
Like other superfoods, acai berries are also rich in antioxidants. Not just that, it also helps in enhancing cholesterol levels, prevents cancer, and improves brain function.
Beans might not come across your mind once you hear the term “superfood”. And surely, it’s also not in your priority list as you go shopping for your stocks in your fridge.
Well, let me burst your bubble because beans actually have a commendable nutritional profile.
This superfood is packed with fibre, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that aid in reducing inflammation, avoid chronic diseases, helps in weight loss, enhance gut health, and promotes satiation.
Next and third on the list are chia seeds. If you still don’t know, chia seeds are actually one of the healthiest superfoods as they’re loaded with fewer calories and more nutrients.
Aside from that, they’re also rich in antioxidants that keep the sensitive fats in the seeds from getting rot.
Chia seeds are also packed with fibres which improve digestive function and support weight loss.
For more details concerning the health benefits of chia seeds, read this article: Superfoods: The Great Benefits of Chia Seeds to Your Health
If you’re about to splurge for your grocery stocks, might as well not forget to buy a bunch of eggs.
This breakfast staple is packed with sources of selenium, vitamin B6, B12, D and minerals including copper, iron, and zinc which is why it’s known as one of the most nutrition-dense superfoods.
The egg white contains more than half of the inexpensive, high-quality protein content. Aside from protein, egg white also consists of vitamin B2 and has a lesser amount of fat than that of the egg yolk.
While the egg yolk consists of more calories and fat than the egg white. This part of eggs is packed with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and also contains a substance called lecithin that allows the emulsification in recipes like hollandaise or mayonnaise.
Of course, who doesn’t know how fruits can boost the overall health and well-being in just a snap?
With their amazing health benefits, fruits are considered superfoods. Fruits are mostly low in calories, fats, and sodium.
This group of superfood is a good source of various essential nutrients that are used up such as dietary fibre, folate (folic acid), potassium, and vitamin C.
Nuts and seeds
Another superfood that you must stock in your fridge during the home quarantine is nuts and seeds which are also considered as a healthy snack food.
Nuts and seeds are rich in fibre, healthy fats, minerals, protein and essential vitamins. They also aid in weight control since their fats aren’t fully absorbed.
Here’s the list of the Healthiest Nuts and Seeds to Stock in Fridge:
- Brazil nuts
- Macadamia nuts
The last superfood that you must not forget to include in your grocery list is vegetables.
Just like fruits and other superfoods, vegetables are basically low in calories and fat.
Until today, vegetables are considered as one of the best and significant sources of essential nutrients such as dietary fibre, folic acid, potassium, and vitamins and C.
Not just that, people who eat more vegetables than processed foods have lower risks of having chronic diseases. Vegetables also help in weight control.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, you must be more cautious of the foods that you eat as it has a great impact on your overall health and general well-being.
Thus, take note of this list of some of the healthiest foods you must keep in your fridge to keep your whole family safe and healthy as much as you can.