Over the weeks we have seen how Coronavirus has taken over the world and taken thousands of lives. For many going outside their homes is not an option anymore and experts are advising you have two weeks’ worth of food in your pantry.

Nutrition consultant for Califia Farms, Ashley Koff, knows that not everybody is sure where to start. While we all agree that having toilet paper in our homes is very necessary during a lockdown when it comes to selecting the right groceries not everybody thinks about the double Ns -- nutritious and non-perishable. 

To help you out we are sharing below Ashley Koff RD’s, picks for nutritious and non-perishable food and beverage options to stock:

  • Alternative Kinds of milk:

Keep shelf-stable oat milk or almond milk on hand because they can be used in a variety of ways like cooking/baking or in coffee or cereal. Be sure to look for shelf-stable kinds of milk that are lower in sugar and don’t contain gums or stabilizers, like Califia Farms Oat Barista Blend or Unsweetened Almondmilk.

  • Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Flour:

It’s a pantry staple because it’s naturally high in protein and fiber.

  • Seeds:

Certain seeds pack minerals our bones, hair, skin, and nails need and help enable better energy. For instance, sesame seeds have calcium, and hemp seeds have manganese and iron.

  • Cacao:

 Not to be confused with processed chocolate, raw cacao provides magnesium and powerful antioxidants like flavonoids.

  • Oats:

 Use them to make overnight oats with your preferred shelf-stable milk. Uncooked oats also pack probiotics, which feed good bacteria.

  • Spices:

Go-to spices include red chili flakes, which help boost metabolism and immune health, and turmeric, which contains powerful antioxidants that help promote a healthy inflammatory response.

  • Herbal Teas:

There are a ton of different options and the flavors naturally come from herbs. Chamomile tea is a great choice because it can be used as a sleep aid, and getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy.

  • Quality Olive Oil:

It contains better-for-you fats that are not only delicious but also help promote a healthy inflammatory response. Make sure your olive oil bottle is dark (or metal) and stays away from heat, so it lasts longer.

  • Beans:

Canned or dried beans are a shelf-stable protein option that packs other health benefits like fiber and B vitamins.

  • Vegetable Stock:

This helps adds a ton of flavor to one-pot meals and soups.