Healthy Quarantine Tips from a Registered Dietitianon
1. Cut yourself some slack!
This quarantine situation is new, scary, and unpredictable for all of us. As with any type of change, give yourself time to adjust.
Snacking more than usual? It’s OK.
Grocery store out of fresh veggies? It’s OK.
Not hitting your normal step count for the day? It’s OK.
Acknowledge these things, cut yourself some slack, and move forward.
2. Work with what you’ve got.
Grocery stores are not stocked to their normal capacity, and thus your pantry/fridge may not be, either.
If you have access to fruits and veggies, try to include as many as possible in meals and snacks. Remember: fresh, frozen, and canned are all great choices.
If you don’t have access to fruits and veggies - don’t sweat it! All food is nourishment for our bodies. Keeping yourself and your family fed during this time is priority #1.
To help you navigate the grocery store and stock up on healthy staples - I’ve curated this quarantine grocery list. On it you will find lots of shelf-stable products, fruits and veggies that will last, frozen goods, and more.
Note: This list merely a guideline - so grab what you can find and create meals around those ingredients.
3. Get creative!
This is the time to put your chef’s hat on and get creative in the kitchen! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite easy recipes for all the inspo you need:
The Nom Stop - Crispy Chickpea Vegan Stir Fry
The Defined Dish - 5 Ingredient Recipes
Rachael’s Good Eats - 20 Min Honey Sesame Chicken
Gathered Nutrition - Crispy Lentil and Cauliflower Tacos
The Nom Stop - GF Banana Bread
Minimalist Baker - 5 Ingredient Banana Egg Pancakes
4. Sweat it out!
It is important to stay active - even while stuck inside. Missing your fitness studio? Many studios are offering their classes virtually - so take advantage!
Personally, I’ve been loving going onto YouTube and typing in keywords like “yoga”, or “no equipment full-body workout” and trying something new every day!
Getting your sweat on for 20 minutes is a great way to break up the day and take some time for yourself. Bonus - refuel with a Rise Bar afterwards - my favorite is Lemon Cashew!
5. Feed your body and your mind.
Do what feels good.
If you want to be on a schedule, get work done, make a healthy recipe, or learn something new - do that.
If you need time to relax, reset, and binge the 3rd season of Ozark - do that.
It doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can be productive and take a rest. Decide what you need day-to-day, moment-to-moment, and keep yourself sane by feeding your mental health, too.
Stay home, stay safe, stay sane, and stay healthy, everybody!
Author: Kristin Bulat, MS, RD