We never thought in the 21st century we would be struck by such a pandemic and it has truly made each one of us think twice. In the mix of all this panic and hysteria, we know it can be hard to register exactly what the essentials are. Rather than stress and overbuy, we have the list of all things that you will be needing during the craziness. Our list has incorporates some fabulous tips and tricks that will keep you occupied at the same time. Grocery stores are jam-packed but we have the insight to keep you as cool as a cucumber in the hype of it all. Read below and think twice before biting someone at the grocery store over toilet paper.
Pasta, rice, instant noodles, popcorn seeds as well as dried fruits and nuts last long, yes, but they also can be changed up and put together in a rush. Whether you may be having a lazy day at home or finding it hard to keep the kids entertained these foods are simple and easy. The best thing about instant foods as well as pasta is that you don’t have to be the best cook or even good for them to turn out filling and delicious. A little tip with regards to dried fruits is to put them in the freezer- that way they turn out even chewier, tastier and are a healthy sweet snack for kids too. Nuts and grains can be added to almost any dish for a little extra spice. Roasting your nuts in the oven can add some dynamic to any dish just as well.
We are all familiar with the ideal of hoarding canned foods for when necessary. We are simply saying that these are quick, easy and don’t take up to much space. The essentials and a few good choices are tuna (varied in spices), sardines, baked beans, sweet-corn, lentils, olives, fruit (pineapple and peaches), stuffed grape leaves as well as pickles. Getting creative is important- don’t be afraid to try out some weird and wonderful combinations. Adding tuna to pasta can be delicious and nutritious. However, canned goods are a really good idea to ensure you won’t be running back to the store in the midst of all the chaos. Oh, don’t forget your spreads people let’s spread peanut butter and jam rather than the virus, yes?
Our favorite items on the list. Chips, chocolate, sweets, chocolate, rice-cakes, chocolate rice cakes, marshmallows, jello, and cereals. We are all anticipating lazy movie days, a lot of Netflix and maybe the occasional book read. Well, these snacks will be right by your side to get you through it all, and also comfort food is a must, just as much as chocolate is always a must. We are certainly not telling you to pack on the pounds but this is a good time to relax and enjoy yourself. Indulge a little and simply having these around the house when a craving arises will truly come in handy since craving runs have been suspended until further notice.
Fruits And Vegetables
You are probably wondering why we would incorporate something that is perishable on to the essential list. Well, just because supermarkets are packed does not mean you should compromise on health nor things you may enjoy. These items do go off but it will give you more of an incentive to use them before they do- ensuring you are still eating right and maintaining your nutrients and vitamins is extra important right now. A good idea is to also freeze them for later usage, to use in a smoothie or simply giving kids frozen fruit as a delicious snack is a great idea.
Meat, Chicken And Fish
Don’t compromise your protein. These items can be kept in the freezer and defrosted when needed, they thus stay fresh for long and will allow you to keep your balanced diet. Mixing it up is a must but you can also cook protein in bulk and keep it in the fridge for at least a week. Don’t skip your nutrition just because you were too focused on the canned goods. It is also a good idea to buy bulk of these due to the pause in many jobs- it is unclear whether animal products will be not only imported but available fresh.
The basics are always essential, you have to keep those pajama and lounge sets clean. Don’t forget your laundry detergent and softener. It is easier to buy a few so you won’t necessarily have to make a quick run for such a random item. Lockdown and quarantine are a great time to catch up on all that laundry that has been piling up, all the stuff you have been meaning to get too this is the best time to get to it. It is important to do your laundry for hygiene and health reasons too as detergent kills most bacteria.
We cannot forget about our fluffy loved ones. In all the mania everyone is so worried about feeding themselves they have forgotten about their beloved pets. Well, we have got you covered. If you are feeling up to it stock up on treats and start training your pet in the tons of free-time you just received. Luckily, most pet food comes in huge bags so it’s not like you will be running out quicker than usual.
This is a fun activity to do with kids or simply to keep you occupied and channel some inner creativity. Make your house smell great, warm and homey but also baking has so many different aspects that are just waiting to be mastered. You can keep this super simple with the kids by even letting them ice cookies with different colored icing. However, we truly believe that the art of soufflé making is within you.
This is always important. However, often medicine and medical supplies may be imported so it is a good idea to have them around the house. Keeping the necessities such as lozenges, over the counter pain relief and vitamins will save you those trips to the pharmacy. Additionally, it is a good idea to ensure you have probiotics and medicine for your children as we are trying to prevent as much as possible.
Cheese, milk, yogurt and the usual you would keep in your refrigerator should not be forgotten. If interesting to you adding cream cheese and cottage cheese to the list allows for some increased options and variety. These can be incorporated with many dishes and may even come in handy when baking. Milk can be bought in cartons or boxes as “long-lasting,” this is preferable as the expiry date is lengthened and milk is a basic that often runs out and is needed.
How often do you find you’re running out simply to buy bread and milk? Well, if you haven’t mastered baking your own bread just yet- you may want to remember this one. PB&J or cheese and cucumber- bread barely ever goes to waste and can be used for any meal of the day. Grilled cheese, egg-in-the-hole or even a basic tuna mayonnaise. An easy lazy meal for all.
So this is a really important one, just as hand sanitizer is selling out- people are forgetting that soap does the exact same thing. Instead of stocking up on hand sanitizer and eating none for the rest of the population, remember soap and water has been doing the trick for years. Come on people, logic is key. Also sharing is caring, and so on and so forth.
Vitamin D is often neglected and forgotten when we think about preventing colds and flu. However, vitamin D is important for the immune system and since we won’t be getting much sun it is important to replace it. This can be found in foods such as mushrooms, salmon, tuna and in the form of capsules. Just as much as Omega-3 and Vitamin C are important so is this one.
Chewing gum is flavorful, low in calories and simply great to stop you from snacking. We have a feeling many of us might get a little too happy munching away during this time. Thus, ensure you have gum in many different flavors to curb those cravings and help keep you occupied when food is on your mind.
This is an important one, not only does hot water clear bacteria but tea is soothing, calming and a great detoxer for anyone and everyone. With varieties of flavors and different healing properties- there is nothing quite like having a cup of tea whilst watching a movie or alongside your afternoon snack. Chamomile will soothe your nerves and assist your sleep whilst in these draining times, on the other hand, peppermint tea is great to curb nausea for a home remedy.
Cool-Drinks And Soda’s
As we have mentioned it is important to keep your routine and with what you like. Cool-drinks and sodas don’t go off and once again are just a must in many people’s everyday life so remembering the basics will allow you to live comfortably through this time. Once done with the bottles try using them for arts and crafts with the kids too.
Frozen foods can cover almost anything from pizza to ice-cream, vegetables or even schnitzel. You can’t go wrong. Frozen meals are an easy way for those who fear the kitchen and live off of takeout. An important fact regarding frozen fruits and vegetables is that many do not know they retain nutrients and vitamins when being frozen and are just as nutritious as the fresh foods themselves.
Just to be clear we are talking about the beautifying kind, not the germ protecting kind. Essential. Maybe not completely essential but a good idea to pass time, pamper yourself and work on that glowing skin. These are affordable and great for the whole family. Facemasks will allow you to feel just as if you are at a salon and can create a calming environment for all.
This is a great idea to have around the house to add a sense of normalcy to the situation. We know dads may not be a fan but come on dad you will have plenty of time to rid yourself of the new accessory before getting back into routine. Also since women can’t necessarily be getting their nails done it is a great idea to have a spare color around the house- just to feel like the queen you are.
Super smart idea! These are fun and important to have in any situation. Whether you are a group of friends or a family there is something for everyone. Monopoly, Uno, Cluedo, and Katan are amongst some of our recommended picks. These games take up quite a bit of time and will remind you about the simple pleasures in life. With a variety of options, we suggest choosing a few and utilizing the time to bond and have fun, it is always important to smile and laugh even through the most trying times.