We’ve seen a run on toilet paper (which officials advise against hoarding that or any other item), but the key to being a smart shopper while people may be spending most of their time at home due to coronavirus concerns is not to hoard, but to just buy what you will need. For example, you don’t need to buy bottled water if you have clean drinking water or access to filtered water in your home. Maintaining good nutrition is the most important factor because that will keep our immune system strong. 

Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing would like to share six items that you should buy at the store – in sensible amounts so there’s enough for everybody, by the way. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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).

  1. 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. 

To learn more about Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://holliswood-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org/