Quarantine Cuisine: 4 Sustainable Foods to Handle COVID19 at Home
COVID19 Survival: 4 of the Best Sustainable Foods to Get through the Coronavirus
The global Coronavirus pandemic has been at the front of our minds and the top of our news cycle for well over a month now, and we are all enduring some form of hardship. We’re incredibly grateful to continue serving you safely during these trying times. As we continue to endure this emergency, our collective and individual preparedness is being called into question. There’s certainly a middle ground between heavy doomsday prepping and having no plan at all. The first line of defense against any natural disaster or other life-altering event is to have our basic sustenance covered. This begins with clean water and calorie dense food. Making supplies last is the most important objective, but why sacrifice flavor?!
Versatility Leads to Creativity
When you think about the foods that last the longest, vibrant flavor and juicy goodness doesn’t necessarily come to mind. That doesn’t mean these foods are boring! At the core of most meals we eat are these powerful, calorie and nutrient dense foods. One of the proudest aspects of Chocolate Magic is its versatility, and the many ways it can be enjoyed and applied to your wellness. Since many of these foods have cross-cultural flavor versatility, there are so many ways to enjoy these powerful sustainable foods. See our recommendations below!
Dry Beans and Legumes
There are too many beans to list, and they’re a potent food the entire world enjoys! While canned beans also last an incredibly long time, many canned beans rely on BPA lined packaging, and in the long run are more costly to your doll and our planet. Dry beans often come in burlap sacks or reusable containers and are among the cheapest foods in the world. For how abundantly nutritious and healthy they are, it’s a small miracle we can get so many beans for so little cost.
Dry beans and legumes, such as lentils need to be soaked overnight or for at least a minimum of 6-12 hours before cooking through. Since beans can be enjoyed in so many ways, having a surplus on hand is never a bad thing.
Rolled Oats might not be as cheap or enduring as dry beans, but they’re close. Rolled oats are also a versatile option, not just as oatmeal or in smoothies, but in baked goods, mixed into recipes, and more. Incredibly high in antioxidants and essential minerals, oatmeal may even play a role in fighting depression. Perfect for those cabin fever moments! Rolled oats are also high in fiber, ensuring smooth digestion of food during more sedentary times, and fulfilling meals each time you enjoy them.
Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables
Dehydrated fruits and veggies can be purchased or homemade using one of the many dehydrator options available on the market. Dehydrators are great with or without a crisis afoot, showing their value in preserving fruits and veggies in danger of over ripening. A dehydrator at home gives the user the opportunity to get cheaper prices on larger amounts of fruits and vegetables, serving as the last line of defense before needing to throw anything away.
Pickled and Jarred Foods
Last but FAR from least are pickled and jarred foods. Airtight jars with pop tops containing products such as pickles are a great store bought item to guarantee freshness while preventing BPA from leaching into your food via plastic contact. Better yet, with a little know how and some effort, pickling, fermenting, and jarring foods can be quite the pleasure! Fermented and pickled foods are among the oldest known to humanity, since the people of antiquity soon discovered the remarkable preservation power and delightful tang of these probiotic rich foods.