Six Things to Buy at the Grocery Store While Social Distancing

March 19, 2020 | Chris Hughes

These precautions we’ve taken due to the threat of coronavirus have taught us all about social distancing and working together — each individual must do their part in order for these measures to work and for life to get back to normal as soon as possible.

Taking limited trips to the grocery store helps limit the time we are out in public and susceptible to germs. We can accomplish that by being a smart shopper.

Here are six items that you should buy at the store – in sensible amounts so there’s enough for everybody.

Canned Fish

Canned tuna and salmon are excellent alternatives to fresh fish. You get added convenience along with the nutritional benefits from these fish, which include heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Nut Butters

Peanut butter (and alternatives like sun butter for those with allergies) is a great source of healthy fats and protein. Pair it with some crackers, apples, bananas, bread, or other sources for a healthy breakfast, lunch or snack.

Steel-Cut Oats

Oatmeal is another nutrient-rich food made from ingredients that can last in the pantry. Add fresh or frozen fruit, tomatoes, or eggs to complement your meal.

High-Fiber Cereal

This is a good way to make sure you’re getting the required fiber intake. Snack on some cereal or have it as part of your breakfast.

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

These can offer similar nutritional value as their fresh alternatives, but make sure to read the labels. Buy fruit without added sugar and rinse off vegetables to wash off extra sodium (it’s used as a preservative).

Sweet Sources

Dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and even popcorn and dark chocolate are all great snack options that have some nutritional value while also providing a bit of an indulgence.

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