Hacks to solve your supermarket woes

Tips to solve supermarket shortages and sell outs

Accredited dietitian for Lite n’ Easy Larissa Robbins, has some healthy hacks if the shelves at your local supermarket are looking a bit bare.

We’re all dealing with supermarket shortages right now, with many stores running low on pasta, rice and tinned food. And while challenging, it’s also a great opportunity to explore some new foods and think outside the box. Here are some tips to mix things up a bit if your supermarket shelves are looking empty.


1. Sweet potatoes

So far, fresh produce seems to be in much more abundant supply than pantry goods. If you’re having a hard time getting your hands on your regular rice and pasta, why not buy some sweet potato? Sweet potatoes are in more plentiful supply than regular potatoes, and they also have more vitamin C! They have more fibre than pasta or rice, and far fewer calories, so they are satisfying, good for your gut health and a great way to help manage your weight. This is also an excellent way to sneak in some extra veg. Sweet potatoes are ideal for even the fussiest of eaters, as kids just love their sweet flavour.

Sweet potatoes can be roasted whole in the oven or diced and tossed with olive oil before roasting. You can also cook them in the microwave, in a microwave-proof container with just a splash of water. You can even serve them mashed! Try adding sweet potatoes to a roast dinner, using them instead of pasta and serve topped with bolognaise, or instead of rice with a casserole. And if you’ve got leftover roasted sweet potato, it’s a great addition to your morning omelette.


2. Tinned tuna

While other tinned goods have been flying off the shelves, tinned tuna is still in plenty of supply at the supermarket. Tuna is a valuable pantry staple, as it’s full of protein, cheap and very versatile. From fish cakes to stuffed potatoes and tuna salads, there can be heaps of ways to get creative with it. Tinned tuna may be cheap, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Look for the ones that just include spring water as some of the flavoured ones can be high in fat and sodium. Add your own flavour to it using fresh herbs, chilli, EVOO or lemon juice.


3. Different cuts of meat

Mince has also been added to the list of restricted items at supermarkets. Looking at other cuts of meat such as chuck steak, chicken thighs and pork hock can be a great way of using affordable options that are sometimes more readily available and in stock. These cuts are perfect for slow cooking stews, casseroles, soups and curries and can be a delicious and healthy way of incorporating more vegetables into your meals. With many people working from home, slow cooking your meals means you can set and forget, leaving your meal cooking throughout the day. You can also experiment with other proteins, like beans or lentils.


4. Long lasting fruit and veggies

If you’re trying to avoid frequent visits to the supermarket, stock up on fresh produce that can last for more extended periods of time. Onions are a great staple to make everything taste better. They are full of fibre and vitamin C and can be kept for up to 3 months in a dry, dark environment or the fridge. Carrots are another perfect veg to stock up on and can be used in a variety of dishes or as a healthy snack. They can last for at least a couple of months in the fridge if properly stored and have a stack of good stuff like vitamins A and C and dietary fibre. Lemons and limes can last up to two weeks in the fridge and are great for adding extra flavour to dishes and beverages.


Lite n’ Easy has a range of healthy meals options including full meal plans, dinners, soups and light meals that are convenient and nutritious, so you can spend less time planning, shopping, preparing and cooking. They can help keep you on track at home by providing everything you need and avoid unnecessary trips to the supermarket.


Larissa Robbins is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive experience working across Australia and the UK in the food industry, corporate health, hospitals and private practice. She specialises in the area of weight management, gastrointestinal disorders and chronic disease management. Larissa is passionate about helping people live their healthiest lives through the power of food and nutrition.