Shopping and Grocery Box Suggestions For Those Following Special Diets

UK charity ‘Vegetarian for Life’ supports older vegetarians and vegans.

Self-isolation survival guide

With new government guidelines asking anyone aged over 70 to self-isolate, this might be a worrying time for many. Here are some tips on preparing as best you can, and how you might still keep in touch with others during this period.

Perhaps you’re wondering about the best foods to buy when you’re going to be at home for a long period of time? What are the most nutritious foods to eat, and what should you try to stock up on?

Making nutrition a priority is particularly important for a healthy immune system. But thankfully there are some key things you can do to keep it simple and eat well, even when housebound.

Pick ambient foods, such as canned goods, pastas, rice and beans. Make the most of your freezer if you have one, where you can store breads, vegetables, fruits and more. Stock a good variety of foods where possible, so that you don’t rely too heavily on items that might easily run out at the supermarket.



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Shopping for someone else? Here are some simple ways to help ensure that community grocery boxes are inclusive for all.


What to buy for your store cupboard


  • Beans and pulses: Store cupboard essentials. Long-lasting; a good plant-based protein source; and a great starting point for a nutrient-rich meal. Chickpeas or lentils can be mixed with salads and pasta dishes, or used in soups and stews. Can also be used for making homemade hummus.
  • Nut butters: A good source of healthy fats and proteins. Can go well with lots of different foods, from breads and crackers to apples and bananas.
  • Wholewheat pastas, brown rice and quinoa: Nutrient-dense grains. Can be used as a side-dish or mixed with proteins and vegetables. Also consider jarred pasta sauces for a quick, simple meal.
  • Simple oats: As well as porridge, these can be made into savoury options when topped with ingredients such as grated vegan cheese and sundried tomatoes. Can also be used for baking snacks such as oat cookies or flapjacks.
  • High-fibre cereal: Breakfast staples such as bran flakes and Weetabix can make a good snack, too.
  • Canned, sugar- and salt-free fruits and vegetables: A good stock of canned vegetables and canned fruit in juice is also handy to have.
  • Snacks: Dried fruits such as apricots, raisins, prunes, figs, and cranberries are a sweet source of iron, fibre and antioxidants. Can be combined with nuts including omega-3-rich walnuts, or with cashews, almonds, pistachios, peanuts or pecans. Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds are also a tasty and nutritious option.


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