Grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic can feel stressful for anyone but especially someone who is experiencing food insecurity. It is necessary to have basic food essentials on hand in the event that individuals need to stay home for a period of time. It is also important to practice good health habits, which include eating nutritious foods. Purchasing frozen foods or canned items that are low in sodium, sugar and fat is a safe way to consume healthier foods and ensure the food will last. What about incorporating fresh produce into your diet during this time?
The Foodbank commonly distributes produce known as the “Hard 7.” These foods are heart healthy, can be prepared in a variety of ways and have a longer shelf life than other varieties.
- Sweet potatoes
- Seasonal produce such as corn, melons or greens
Purchasing a variety of produce from the Hard 7 list for your household will promote options for healthy eating while focusing on fresh foods that will last longer than some varieties.
Keep in mind that if you purchase too much fresh produce, most varieties can be frozen for later use with the exception of celery, lettuce and cucumbers, which have a high water content. Frozen fruits, including bananas, can be easily added to a blender to make smoothies that the whole family can enjoy.