With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe and regions imposing travel bans and even quarantines, it helps to be prepared for anything that might unfold in the days and weeks ahead. Some people are self-isolating for two weeks to try to help break the chain of Corona virus transmission.
Here are the top Five recommendations for COVID-19 preparedness:
Do your bit
Don’t wait for governments or local health authorities to impose restrictions and quarantines. Do your bit now to help stop the spread of the virus and flatten the Spread curve. That means:
- Constantly practice good hand hygiene. Either wash your hands well with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often
- Don’t touch your face
- Avoid any large gatherings
- Keep your travel to essential trips only
- Keep a 3-foot distance (1 meter) from others
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Consider working from home if possible
- Avoid public transport when possible; walking is safer
- Consider self-isolation if you have been traveling or if you feel you may have been exposed to the virus.
Stock your fridge with low-carb options
Since the pandemic is unlikely to cause disruption to power, you can stock your fridge and freezer to get your family through a few weeks of voluntary self-isolation or an imposed quarantine. In general, it helps to pick up these low-carb staples:
- Eggs— eggs can last in the fridge for at least five weeks (click through for egg recipe ideas)
- Cream— heavy cream, table cream and sour cream; there are a lot of options
- Cheese— cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese are particularly handy for recipes.
- Longer-life vegetables— pick up lettuces and leafy greens to use first, but hardier low-carb vegetables like kale, rutabaga, zucchini, celery root, celery, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower can actually last a few weeks if stored properly in the crisper drawer.
Stock your freezer with low-carb options:
If any of the items in your fridge are near their expiration dates, considering portioning them into smaller sizes and storing them in the freezer. And consider buying the following:
- Pre-made frozen low-carb vegetables— frozen cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, zucchini noodles, peas, mushrooms — even cauliflower rice is now available as a freezer product in many stores.
- Meats— any fresh meat, fish or seafood can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Pick up chicken legs, steaks, chops, stewing meat etc.
- Cheese— you can freeze most cheese. Consider slicing it into usable portions. Wrap it in parchment paper, then store in air locked freezer plastic bags.
- Cream— any type of cream can be frozen, even heavy whipping cream. Just shake it well before freezing to avoid separating the fat from the liquid.
- Eggs— yes, you can freeze eggs (though there’s hopefully no need to do this). If you want to freeze eggs, either crack each egg into the wells of a muffin tin, or an ice cube tray, or separate into yolks and whites into the same muffin tin or ice cube tray containers. Wrap well in plastic and store in an airtight freezer bag. They will last frozen for up to a year.
Stock your pantry with low-carb options:
It’s good to have a number of shelf-stable items are handy. You don’t need them all, but think of the ones you might like to use based on your personal preference.
- Canned and glass goods— salmon, tuna, flaked chicken, shrimp meat, crab-meat, clams, smoked oysters, whole tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, artichokes, and roasted peppers can be stored for a long time and can be used when needed.
- Psyllium husk— this low-carb thickener is very useful in baking recipes and pizza crusts; chia seeds also have thickening qualities.
- Nuts— walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, and almonds are the most low-carb friendly nuts.
- Miscellaneous dry goods— don’t forget olive oil or other cooking oils, ghee, salt, pepper, dry spices, onions, and garlic that are mandatory for almost all recipes.
Make sure you have personal essentials
You will need to think about what non-food supplies you must have on hand. These could include:
- Extra supplies of medications
- Pet food and pet supplies
- Coffee and tea
- Toothpaste, shampoo, and other personal care products
- Laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap and hand sanitizer
- A good first aid kit for minor injuries
- And yes, toilet paper — but don’t hoard and leave some for others too
Stay calm, stay safe and stay healthy while you quarantine.
What does your grocery shopping look like in this time of quarantine? Let us know in the comments below!