Between social distancing and self-quarantining, grocery store shelves are stocked with limited supplies as many people try to stock up knowing they can't leave the house for 14 days. Debra Silverman, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says that shopping for 14 days at home doesn't have to become stressful.
First and foremost, Silverman says, make a list.
"Now is the time to double-check the pantry, fridge and freezer, and make a list of what you need that will last. All of us at some point realize when we're back in our car halfway home, 'I should have bought some flour or I needed sugar,'" Silverman says.
Silverman also offers these tips:
Think about your family and a new routine.
"You may have kids eating lunch at home now, so you might want to have things like extra peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches. Or flour and sugar, for example, if you're planning a baking project with your kids," she says.
Consider alternative options.
While dairy and fresh produce are staples for many households, Silverman says don't forget shelf-stable alternatives or frozen options.
"You can buy egg whites in cartons if you can't find eggs, for instance," she says. "Shelf-stable items, such as powered milk, frozen fruits and vegetables, or canned (fruits and vegetables), are always good to have on hand," she says.
Check expiration dates.