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What should I eat when I’m in self-isolation?

What should I eat when I’m in self-isolation?


Your usual weekend burger and fries at the local diner may be a no-go right now because of the Corona Virus Covid-19 Pandemic, but no need to panic! We’ve got the deets on how you can nail your self-isolation meals and snacks while maintaining a healthy, balanced and enjoyable diet.

What is a good self-isolation diet?

Now, there’s no simple answer to this question because, the truth is, there’s a variety of different foods you can tuck into during self-isolation. Yes, what you can get your hands on may be a little more limited than usual, especially after a few days of being indoors, but that doesn’t mean mealtime has to be boring!

Here’s a few essential, non-perishable foods that are worth stocking up on ahead of self-isolation. Remember, if you absolutely can’t get out and about, then be sure to make the most of your local grocery store delivery services or you can always order from our Bodyfirst Prepp’d healthy meal prep service where we deliver meals to your doorstep, anywhere in Ireland

Non-perishable foods

  • Canned foods: think canned meats and fish, fruit, vegetables, soups, stews, beans, gravy and sauces
  • Dried grains, such as rice, quinoa, cous cous and pearl barley
  • Pasta, noodles, crackers and rice cakes
  • Peanut butter, nuts and chocolate spreads
  • Treats are a must! Cookies, wafers, crisps and protein bars are all ideal
  • Spices and seasonings so you can add some excitement to your meals!

From the above list of non-perishable foods, there are a variety of easy, balanced recipes and snacks you can create. Here are a few examples:


  • Canned tuna and sweetcorn with pasta
  • Spicy bean curry with rice and canned vegetables
  • Canned corned beef with cous cous and canned vegetables
  • Canned salmon with roasted tinned vegetables and canned potatoes


  • Rice cakes with peanut butter or spreads
  • Beef jerky or Biltong
  • Canned fruit salad
  • Protein Bars

Are non-perishable foods healthy?

Healthy eating needn’t be difficult just cos you don’t have access to fresh foods. However, one thing worth noting is the high-salt content sometimes found in non-perishable foods. This is often due to the fact that additional salt is needed to help preserve the food and keep it edible for longer however, it isn’t always the case with all non-perishable goods.

Diet essentials, such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and legumes are readily available in cans so you can still cram in your five a day without access to fresh foods.

How can I get my protein fix on a self-isolation diet?

You may not be able to get to the gym, but you can still maintain those gains by packing in the protein during your self-isolation. A high protein diet will also keep you feeling fuller for longer, essential when food supplies may be running lower than usual.

Non-perishable foods like canned meats and fish, beans and legumes and protein bars and shakes are a great way for you to continue a healthy protein intake during self-isolation. Red meats and fish are all high in protein, while a daily protein shake could be a great addition to your diet if you’re struggling to get in as much protein as you’d like. No milk? Many protein shakes can be mixed with water so you can still enjoy a post-home workout protein fix!

In need of a high protein snack to help you power through remote working or to fuel the errands you’ve promised you’ll get done during a rare stint at home? Protein bars are ideal and, with a shelf life of 12 months, they’ll see you through self-isolation. High protein snacks such as peanut butter on rice cakes, a handful of nuts or a bag of beef Biltong are all also great to nibble on throughout the day.