About two weeks ago, I went to my local market to “stock up” my pantry and fridge. Immediately I became overwhelmed. Because shopping this way, is not my normal. I typically purchase what I need for a few days and return when I need more fresh produce. As I aimlessly wandered around the store, I finally decided to head to the frozen foods and then the produce section. I gathered frozen bags of anything and added veggies that would last long in the fridge.
And then I told patients to do the same.
Recently I stumbled across Lindsay with nutrition to fit, and she had two very useful graphics for stocking up. The one below includes the long-lasting fresh produce and the other one, you can find on her IG page, are pantry stocking tips.
I’ll sum the other graphic here but be sure to go visit her page!
- Inventory what you have before shopping.
- Don’t buy what you wouldn’t normally eat ( THIS is good because when I was shopping, I was so tempted to buy any food).
- Use your freezer.
- Plan for simple meals.
- Stock up on family’s staples.
- Don’t forget fun or novelty foods for you and your kids!
I will also add in empowering your kids to help. Freezing produce is smart so have the kids bag the food. Or start combing through cooking books together and have them choose some simple recipes that you can make together. I have some great smoothie recipes from this post that your kids will love!
One of my family favourite treats is making popcorn.. on the stove. It’s easy, quick, and super fun for the kids. For the oil ( no more canola or vegetable oil), we use avocado or coconut oil, and then add melted butter and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Travel over to the Human Body Detectives website to see Merrin and Pearl popping some corn.
Eat well, keep hydrated, get your 💤 , play and 🤭