Our Healthy Quarantine Pantry Essentials + Quarantine Friendly Recipes
What to stockpile your pantries, fridges, and freezers with during COVID-19.
For most of us, it’s our new reality: LOTS of time at home! Now that we are hunkered down and likely trying to make as few trips to the grocery store as possible, we are sharing a list of what pantry staples to stock up with in your kitchen to ensure you have plenty of healthy food to keep your immune system strong and your taste buds satisfied! Plus, a few links to our go-to recipes.
In the Cupboard:
Grains and Pasta: Dried whole grains such as farro, quinoa, couscous, white and brown rice, plus your pasta of choice, whether that’s a classic semolina, whole grain, or a chickpea-based pasta.
Broth: Vegetable, chicken or beef stocks, and bone broths.
Canned Produce: Canned tomatoes, pumpkin puree, artichoke hearts.
Beans and Legumes: Canned or dried beans and legumes such as black beans, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans,) lentils, black eyed peas, cannellini beans.
Canned Fish: Tuna, mackerel, sardines, and oysters are a great source of omega-rich protein that have a long shelf life.
Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, nuts, nut and seed butters, coconut milk.
Dried Fruit: Dried cherries, apricots, dates, cranberries, mango.
Baking Ingredients and Spices: Salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, curry powder, oregano, paprika, nutritional yeast.
*Bonus* If you like to bake: Flours, baking soda, baking powder, active dry yeast, chocolate chips.
In the Freezer:
Long Lasting Fresh Produce: Whether you buy it pre-bagged or chop, wash, and bag it yourself, it’s good to have fresh produce such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, and root veggies, plus frozen fruits such as bananas, strawberries, and blueberries on hand.
Breads and Tortillas: Bread can be frozen to last longer in the fridge, so throw in a loaf or two of bread, plus some tortillas for easy meals.
Frozen Meals: Keep a few meals on hand that you can thaw and eat - chili, casseroles, and soups are all great options!
In the Fridge:
Long Lasting Fresh Produce: Sweet potatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic, and root veggies all have a longer shelf life than most greens and lettuces, so they are good to keep on hand!
Tofu and Tempeh: Both great sources of protein that have a longer shelf life than most meats or fish!
Dairy and Eggs: Cheese, eggs, and greek yogurt last up to a few weeks in the fridge.
Sauces and Condiments: Mustard, olives, capers, hummus, tamari, pickled veggies.
Here are a few links to our favorite healthy recipes made with pantry staples:
- Easy Chana Masala
- Coconut Curried Lentils
- Black Bean Enchiladas
- Healthy Turkey Chili
- Any variation of these Macro Bowls!
- Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Skillet
- Turmeric Canned Salmon Oat Cakes
Let us know what your pantry essentials are! And, if you are looking for nutrition coaching, we would love to support you! We have an awesome Nutrition Program in addition to Personal Training. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Meet the Author
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
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Chelsea Beasley is interested in the ways that movement can transform lives and communities. Having spent time training with and learning from athletes around the world—from Prospect Park to the mountains of Mexico to the streets of Berlin—she understands that wellness is a valuable tool of self expression just like other cultural pursuits. After close to a decade in corporate social marketing creating digital content around lifestyle, fashion and travel, the gymnast turned subelite endurance athlete made the shift to share her passion for training with others. It’s personal: her own journey has brought firsthand insight to the importance of prehab, individualized nutrition, stress management, and recovery for peak performance and energy. She has logged over 6,000 miles in the past 4 years and has run 5 marathons and 2 ultramarathons, including qualifying for and racing the 2018 Boston Marathon. She has also trained extensively in bodyweight HIIT training, Kettlebells, TRX, Pilates and Yoga. She graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and studied at the Nutritious Life Studio in New York, completing her nutrition education in 2015. Chelsea currently trains with an NYC-based running collective and is passionate about the value of teamwork for individual results.
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