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Coronavirus lockdown food shopping list

In normal times, shopping is quite an ordinary activity but now during a lockdown and self-isolation shopping is a bit more challenging. I am hoping the social distancing time proves beneficial in not only avoiding catching coronavirus but also when being able to reflect on what is really important in life…

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Do not worry about the things you can’t control or influence

Change what you can as much as you can.

Take care of the environment – recycle the rubbish, try to limit or resign from plastic products. Be more mindful of what you are eating and try to limit your meat intake in place of plant-based diet.

Remember it’s YOU who can influence the shopping market, its YOU who create demand! If you keep getting poor quality items the market will be overflown with them… If however, you start reaching out for quality non-processed food those products will be slowly but surely dominant in our shops.

Do you think you can’t influence the world?

It’s not true!

We all can influence reality and we can all achieve some positive changes. We just need to be more mindful and plan and use our resources better.

Coronavirus pandemic forces us to both. To sit down and rethink our ways – to be more mindful and aware as well as learn new tricks and manage our resources in a much more sensible way. So remember to pay attention to the quality of what you get – choose consciously to shape the post-pandemic world!

How to fill your cupboard and fridge freezer?

You normally shopped once or a couple of times per week and now you are asked to shop much less.

Is it possible to do one bog shop for a month?


If you have a big fridge freezer you can afford to freeze many products. Furthermore, dry products and canned food will get you far.

Here is a list of items I got us for our next 3 weeks home isolation

  1. Gluten-free pasta and tomato paste alongside pesto.
  2. Beans, lentil, chickpea both canned and dry- adding them to vegetable soups makes them more filling.
  3. Nuts: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds for snacking, flapjack baking and porridge sprinkling.
  4. Flour: potatoes flour ( added to boiled and mashed potatoes will make amazing potatoes dumplings) and rice as well as spelt flour as I cook gluten-free when I can.
  5. (Gluten-free) oats.
  6. Grains: millet, pearl barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranthus – buy only what you like.
  7. Rice – from the risotto rice, through brown rice to wild/ black rice 🙂 –> the last one is the healthiest.
  8. Sesame, flax seed seeds to grind in a small grinder otherwise it oxidised and loses its healthy benefits. Flax seeds and chia are amazing sources of omega3 which most of us have too little in our diets.
  9. Nut butter for healthy snacking. Try an apple with cashew butter 😉
  10. Nuts for making plant-based milk – you can get 750ml – 1L of almond milk from 100g almonds and 750 ml of water plus a reusable milk bags.
  11. Vegetables and vegetable sources in glass jars (pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut, beets, various salads, and pasteurised veggies) – Polish shops have plenty of those as that is what Polish people eat more often during winters.
  12. Spices: salt, pepper and more exotic ones like galangal or black seed for soups are both mega healthy.
  13. Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil for cooking.
  14. Jarred snacks: dry tomatoes, artichoke, jackfruit – the last one contains quite a lot of protein so can contend with meat when preparing a filling meal.
  15. Long-lasting vegetables: potatoes incl sweet potatoes, white cabbage, onions. Many of vegetables can be washed, peeled and frozen: carrots, parsnips, celery, leeks etc.
  16. Frozen vegetables for soups or stir-fries.
  17. Stock cubes or powders/granules for soups bases.
  18. Coconut milk or better coconut cream. I’ve discovered the last one recently and started adding a few tablespoons to my soups as opposed to coconut milk and they are equally delicious.
  19. Long-lasting fruits: apples especially Granny Smith, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, mango, avocado, oranges, lemons – any of which you don’t need their skin and store in a dark and cold place.
  20. Frozen fish, smoked fish with a long expiration date as well as small canned fish for some omega 3 and vit D.
  21. Frozen fruits for smoothies.
  22. Dry fruits without sugar and sulfates: cherries, berries, apricots, prunes, dates(snacking, backing and for sweetening the plant-based homemade milk). I got mine from realfoodsource.com
  23. Eggs with a long expiration date if possible, eggs can be replaced by flax seeds and psyllium husk or ripe bananas if baking 🙂
  24. Milk – you can freeze it.
  25. Honey for desserts marinates(garlic) and baking.
  26. Quality dark chocolate (min. 70% cacao) as it works as prebiotic 🙂 so it is a truly healthy snack.
  27. (Apple Cider)Vinegar for preparing salads, soaking non-organic fruits and veggies to wash out some pesticides and of course for house clean 🙂
  28. Soap/shampoo making ingredients: castor oil, shea butter and SLS + SLES free soap base plus essential oils and soap molds and double boiler if you don’t have it home.

Wishing you wise choices during lockdown shopping!

Ah now supermarket shopping is somehow more challenging but if you need to go to any and have a choice which one to choose my friends from LatestDeals released a new supermarket price comparison app as MySupermarket does not exist anymore;-(

My other friend Mrs. Mummy Penny is documenting her lockdown on her blog and here is yet another post from her site this time about board games.

My related posts are:

What to watch during self-isolation

How to store fruit and vegetables so they last longer

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I am not Martin Lewis but Martyna aka Money Saving Girl. When I first came to the UK I was on a super tight budget, so I know how hard it is not to have money or how to get creative to get 'more for less'. I share with you my money saving tips about anything which worked for me. Be it free samples, shopping tricks, iTunes, various discount apps, websites and reward programs. Occasionally I write about traveling or insurance.

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