HOW TO STOCK UP YOUR FREEZER FOR CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE
Non-perishables are, in many grocery stores, not to be found. However, if you head to the fresh produce aisle, tons of lovely veggies are looking more fabulous than ever and ready to be taken home.
Worried about how to make them last? Here are my freezer staples for keeping a well-balanced diet while we all get through a coronavirus period of social distancing and quarantine.
CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI
Both members of the cruciferous or brassica family, cauliflower and broccoli are rich in all sorts of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. They’re also fantastic to flush toxins out, aid digestion, and help with hormonal balance, especially if you have an excess in estrogen.
Wash and dry them thoroughly, cut them in florets, and store them in quality freezer bags. When you’re ready, pop them into soups and smoothies, or have them as a side dish along with some good quality protein. You can eat them raw, or to be extra careful, sauté them lightly.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…the sky is the limit when it comes to this excellent family of antioxidant and immune-boosting goodness.
You can buy them fresh – and more important than ever, organic, to reduce levels of pesticides and herbicides in your system – and freeze them. Alternatively, buy them already frozen and pop them into smoothies, oatmeal, and salads.
They can be a yummy addition to your cashew yogurt too. Sprinkle some cinnamon, walnuts, and any type of seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin). You’ll have a sweet and healthy snack and dessert in no time.
They’re an amazing source of potassium, vitamin B and C, and great for the heart and blood pressure. They’re also super easy to store in your freezer.
Chop them, freeze them, and when you feel you’re going to have a sugar craving, blend them in a food processor – alone or mixed with berries – and you’ll have vegan ice cream just as easy as that.
They last in your cupboard for a long time, approximately one month, but they’re also great frozen so you don’t have to cut them (and cry for some of us!) every time you want to cook a yummy dish.
Pop them into a freezer bag already chopped and voila! You have them ready to go.
Get your fave fresh herbs and freeze them alone or mixed with olive oil. Then add them to your fave dishes.
I’d love to hear your top tips from making the most of your freezer in the comments below. I’ll also be sharing healthy and easy recipes to inspire you during this time of more isolation.
Stay healthy, safe, and strong!