There are two packages of chicken left. Fruits and veggies are mostly gone while dairy products are all wiped out.
These sights are very common in grocery stores and supermarkets not only in the US but all around the globe as fears about the coronavirus pandemic have led everyone to panic shopping. The absence of staple foods like fruits, veggies, meat, and eggs can be very stressful for everyone particularly to those people who are on a diet and to those who follow a special dieting protocol like the HCG diet. Worry no more because we’ve got you covered. There are certainly ways for you HCG dieters, even vegans and keto-dieters to make it through during this coronavirus quarantine.
What to shop for during the coronavirus pandemic?
HCG Diet is a very low-calorie and very low-fat diet that requires you to eat only 500 calories a day along while having your daily hormone shot to promote weight loss. The HCG diet food has several options but with a limited and specific list, particularly during the second phase. The meat options during the second phase are limited to only 100 grams per meal with a limited selection of fruits and veggies. Dieters can choose to do the longer round of 46 days or the shorter round of only 26 days. Doing two trips to the grocery store or the supermarket or once a week grocery shopping to buy what you need during your diet would be enough. Here are a few tips:
- Pick veggies that are long-lasting and are HCG Diet friendly: Choose cabbage, cauliflower, spaghetti squash, and eggplant for they are low in carb and they would last for a week in the refrigerator and when stored properly.
- Grab more yogurt: Yogurt is HCG diet-friendly protein that you can grab and store for up to 2 months. You can freeze your yogurt and eat them as a cool refreshing treat. Yogurt is not only packed with vitamins and proteins. It’s also a good source of lactobacillus, a probiotic that help boosts your immune system during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
- Shop for HCG diet shelf-stable food products: Protein/ granola bars, dried fruits, and canned veggies if there aren’t fresh veggies available, high-protein pasta made from legumes and beans, beef jerky and many more. Shelf-stable foods are your smartest buy for an emergency food supply. They are non-perishable food products that you can store safely at room temperature for weeks, months and even years without the need for a refrigerator. Shelf-stable foods will provide you with tasty nourishment during this coronavirus outbreak.
- Buy frozen veggies and fruits: Fresh fruits and veggies will surely abandon you during quarantine so better stock on frozen veggies and fruits. Some of them will stick around for weeks or more like carrots, and onion but others like green-leafy veggies can go bad within days. Frozen fruits and veggies have the same beneficial qualities as fresh veggies and fruits.
- Shop larger quantities to minimize your trip to the grocery stores. Bring your shopping list. Prioritize items that will keep well and will provide hearty and healthy options.
Food preparation tips for HCG dieters during the quarantine
- Try new ways of preparing meat– Now is the time to be creative. If there are no meat left on the shelves, be creative. Grind chicken meat in a food processor if there is no ground meat available. With the right recipes, tinned fish, chicken, and meat can be brought back to life.
- Lean on your spice drawer– Vary your meals with different spice combinations if you can’t vary your meals too much. There are several HCG diet seasonings and spices that you can use to spice up your meals in a lot of ways.
- Ferment everything– Ferment the peppers, onion, and pickles to help keep your foo good longer.
- Keep it simple– Make meals that are easy to prepare and don’t create much waste or else you’ll run out of food stock. Meat bone and vegetable scrap can make tasty stock. Make vegetable soup before your veggies, make fruit smoothies or dessert before they go bad.
- Extend the shelf life of fresh foods– You can do these by blanching some of the veggies and store them after in a zip lock bag before throwing them into the freezer.