At the moment, we’re all in the same boat, going through a strange, surreal time nobody has ever experienced before. With the quarantine and physical-distancing restrictions, everyone does their best to survive and continue to function as much as possible.
Since avoiding crowds is the point of social distancing – and the key to flatten the curves – you want to cut your frequency of food shopping. As we know, supermarkets are places where you’ll come into contact with lots of people and surfaces touched by countless hands so at the moment, having fewer visits to the stores will reduce your risk of getting infected.
That’s where a good meal planning and a well-stocked pantry becomes essential. Mind you, the ‘well’ here doesn’t mean that you insanely rush to empty the shelves like we’re going on a war tomorrow. It simply means that apart from having your essential fresh produces, you also have non-perishable ingredients loaded with health benefits.
So let’s have a look at the goodies you need for a healthy, happy, vegan pantry during the pandemic?
Start with grains.
Quinoa, couscous, amaranth, barley, black and brown rice, millet, spelt will provide lasting energy, vitamins & minerals and fibre to keep you feeling full. Add whole oat and buckwheat, so you can make a delicious bowl of porridge or buckwheat pancake for breakfast. If you have celiac or problems with gluten, grains like lentils, amaranth, buckwheat, rice, millet, quinoa, and teff are some ingredients you can use.
Talking about gluten-free, beans are always good to add in your pantry. Red or white beans (cannellini) are nice ingredients for soup, salad, or to mix to other dishes.
The next ones are nuts.
As an essential vegan source of protein, fibre, and fatty acids, they give us energy and carbs. What to add in your pantry? Cashew, pecans, walnuts, almond, or pistachios. The last two nuts are among the protein-rich foods. As a snack, salad topping, flour replacement or addition to your power breakfast bowl, nuts are tasty crunchy ingredients any vegan kitchen drawers should have.
Nuts like almond or cashew are already available in the forms of butter too which are incredibly delectable for baking, bread spread, or as a mix in salad dressings together with olive oil and balsamic. Try infusing your homemade salad dressing sauce with a spoon of cashew cream, you’ll see the kick.
Last but not least, are the seeds.
Packed with an abundance of nutrients and healthy fats, seeds can be deliciously sprinkled on soup or salad to enhance the flavors. Rich with omega 3 fatty acids, flax and chia seeds are important ingredients to have in your cupboard jars just in case you are in the mood of making plant-based smoothies or puddings.
While flax and chia seeds are profoundly powerful and useful, sesame, sunflowers and pumpkin seeds shouldn’t be forgotten. With its iron, zinc, copper, and vitamins, sesame isn’t only nice and aromatic on buns, bagels or sushi, but also a delicious alternative to flour in baking and of course, you can make your own tahini any time if you have this in your pantry!
In response to the COVID-19, maintaining a good healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food full of vitamins is extremely essential to maintain your stamina and immune system.
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In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.