As we all spend more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be harder to
keep up your healthy eating habits. Increasing anxiety and boredom may cause you to abandon your healthy eating intentions. This can lead to increased snacking and comfort
eating. Here are some healthy eating tips to keep your healthy eating habits on track.
Maintain or increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. Purchasing, storing and cooking fresh vegetables can be challenging when limiting trips outside of the home. Supplement fresh produce with canned and frozen options. The nutrient content of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables is comparable to fresh and, in some cases, it may be higher than fresh. When buying canned fruits or veggies, look for low-sodium, reduced-sodium or no salt added labels. Keep an eye out for added sugar. Select fruit that is canned in water, it's own juice or light syrup (but be sure to rinse and drain before eating).
Swap in healthy dried goods. Beans and grains such as lentils, quinoa, and couscous are nutritious long-lasting options that are tasty, affordable and filling. Don't forget oats, including rolled, steel-cut, and oat bran to make oatmeal, overnight oats, oat flour or as a replacement in for risotto.
Make sure to have healthy snacks on hand. When the urge to nosh strikes, you'll be ready to grab healthy options such as nuts, cheese yogurt, dried fruits, hard-boiled eggs. Healthy snack ideas are endless, so be creative when you stock your pantry.
Rethink Your Drink. Reduce or eliminate high sugar drinks and replace them with water, unsweetened tea or coffee, or small amounts of 100% fruit juice.
Make cooking and eating fun and meaningful part of your new routine. Studies demonstrate that families that eat together regularly eat more fruits, vegetables and have high fiber diets. Be sure to have regular meal times and don't be afraid to keep it simple. Healthy dining doesn't have to be complicated.