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“My ultimate ‘lockdown’ shopping list”

So, I have been meaning to spend a bit of time working on my website and sharing some rambles on my blog but to be honest, I just didn’t know where to start.

Home workouts for the win!

It’s taken a few days to settle into this ‘new normal’ and I’m sure I am not only speaking for myself when I say that it’s been hard.

Although I am so grateful to be in the position that I am in where I have a fridge full of food and a roof over my head, I have still struggled to a certain extent and I find comfort in knowing that I am not alone.

Levels of anxiety and uncertainty are high, fear for the safety of our friends and families is very much evident, financial worries and the effect that the virus is/will have on businesses is perhaps causing sleepless nights. I know that I am able to tick off all of those things.

Words to remember…

Baking has been so helpful in calming my nerves and has enabled me to feed my family nutritious (and micronutrient dense) foods. I have also been able to use up any fruits/veg that was going off.

If ever there was a time to focus on our diet, this would be it…And NO, I’m not talking about losing weight…I am talking about eating in such a way that our immune system is strong and ready to fight off any infections.

We have decided that we will go to the shops once a week during the lockdown. Sheldon and I go in different cars and we each have our own trolley. I thought it may be helpful to share what it is that I have been buying so that should you feel like getting creative, and killing some time, you will have what you need.

I really do appreciate all of you so much. Thank you for supporting me and for showing me so much love. I wish there was more that I could do to help everyone, but sadly all I am able to do is share nutritious recipes in the hopes that you will recreate them for your loved ones. If there is anything else that I can do though, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

All my love (and peanut butter)

Jo

WHAT TO BUY:

TINNED FOODS:

Beans (chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans, lentils and butterbeans are my fav)

Coconut milk (I like the light coconut milk)

PANTRY STAPLES:

Oats (Rolled oats or instant oats- This can be blended to make an oat flour)

Future life (I love the High protein smart food and the Smart oats)

Coconut flour (This is the only other ‘special’ flour I tend to use as you can get it from all stores)

Cocoa

Xylitol/Erythritol or a sugar free alternative such as FreeSweet

Stevia powder (My personal fav)

Liquid sweetener (My fav is Supa Sweet from Spar)

PB2 (This isn’t a must, but you can find it at Spar so its definitely convenient)

Baking powder

Peanut butter

Coconut oil

Honey

Vanilla essence

Long life milk of choice

Ultramel zero custard

FRUIT & NUTS:

Dates

Raisins

Cranberries

Raw and unsalted mixed nuts

Crystalized ginger

FRESH PRODUCE:

Pumpkin

Sweet potato

Baby marrow

Cauliflower

Bananas

Apples

Eggs

Plain yoghurt

Fat free cottage cheese

OTHER:

Protein powder (I tend to stick to whey protein but I also love to include plant based protein in my diet)

Sugar free chocolate (Candarel bars and Caring Candies are my fav)

Protein bars (USN Trust crunch bars and the Futurelife lite protein bars are my fav)

Gullon sugar free biscuits (I literally love them ALL but the oreos, marie biscuit and tea biscuits are to die for)

Rhodes squish or Purity (Apple flavour or the Butternut, carrot and sweet potato flavour)

Spray and cook

Tinfoil

Baking paper

I have tried my best to think of everything and will also try my best to make sure that the recipes that I share over the next 18 days can all be created with ingredients from this list.

I hope this was a little bit helpful. You should manage to find all of these things at Spar or Pick n pay, and then at Dischem as well.

Once again, I am here for all of you. Thinking of you all…

Stay safe

       

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