Food shopping is a bit of a nightmare at the moment, so it’s more important than ever that we are smart and efficient when we go out for groceries. But being at home 24/7 means we are racing through our food supplies at a break-neck pace, and it can be hard to know what to buy. Which is why one woman has created an ingenious tool to help you calculate exactly what you need to buy when you go shopping, and how long your grocery shop will last you and your family. Joanna Michalowska is a nutritionist and her simple online tool recommends a nutritious meal plan with a personalised shopping list for families. So you won’t have the frustration of getting home from an exhausting shop and realising you have forgotten something vital. ‘I created the Quarantine Food Calculator for The Omni Calculator Project that suggests a four-day meal plan for you, what you need to buy, and how to make it,’ says Joanna. ‘The results are based on two factors: the number of men, women, and children in your household and the number of days you wish to stock up for.’ The calculator is really easy to use. you simply type the number of men, women, and children in your household and the number of days you wish to stock up for. Children older than ten years old are classed as adults.
Then, the calculator shows the exact amount of food you need (split in to four categories: fruits and vegetables, perishable foods, non-perishable foods, and tinned or frozen foods). It also generates a meal plan to give you some ideas on what to do with all that food. Lastly, it shows some alternatives for certain types of food that can be hard to get hold of (such as eggs). ‘I was inspired to create the calculator after observing how people reacted after the first case of coronavirus was announced in Poland,’ Joanna explains. ‘Everyone seemed to stock up and panic-buy various products, because no one knew what the future will look like. Initially, I could just hear it from my friends and family, but when I did my weekly shop one day, I realised that it was all real.