Planning healthy meals without leaving the house

April 09, 2020 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

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Chances are, you’ve given in to mindless snacking or stress eating at some point during the coronavirus lock down.

Eating out of stress or boredom can be expected, but healthy eating has taken on added importance during this time. A healthy diet can help keep your bodily systems working properly and boost immunity.

Before you head out for groceries, take some time to plan your meals and snacks for the week. Check out what you have in your pantry first and try to plan your meals around what you already have.

Then, make a list of items you need. Consider shelf-stable foods (e.g., peanut butter, rice, dried beans) and frozen fruits or vegetables, along with lean meats, fish or poultry.

Once you have your grocery list, look into options for delivery or curbside pick-up. If you must go into the grocery store, remember the rules for protecting yourself. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and keep a 6-feet distance from others.

To make the most of the items you have on hand when you’re stuck at home, consider batch cooking and freezing some of your meals. Cooking in larger quantities wastes less food and gives you the bonus of having meals in the freezer that are ready, so you aren’t left wondering “what’s for dinner?” each night.

To keep your diet on track, try to stick with healthy guidelines:  lean meat, fish or poultry; healthy fats; and fill half your plate at mealtimes with fruits or vegetables. Consider adding a daily multivitamin to help boost your health.

If mindless snacking is your downfall, stock your fridge with cut-up fruit, or make up some veggie cups with dip or hummus at the start of the week so they’re available when you need a snack.

For some healthier “treat” options, consider dark chocolate or frozen yogurt. Be sure to limit your intake of sugary snacks and beverages and stay away from processed foods.

Check out some Healthy Driven recipes.

For more healthy meal tips, visit Healthy Driven Chicago.

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