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Sometimes, food can be a real comfort. And with the pandemic, we're all finding new ways to work, socialize, and relax—all inside our homes. These are big changes, which have made healthy eating harder to do—and grabbing takeout foods a whole lot easier. Try some of these tips to help you keep the focus on eating healthy when you're home all the time.
Planning your meals takes the guesswork out of "what's for dinner?" And that can help you eat healthy. Here are some ideas to try.
Choose fresh foods, including onions, garlic, and potatoes. Frozen, canned, and dried foods are great options that keep longer than fresh foods. Foods like these—that last—can help you pull a healthy meal together quickly. Try livening up frozen vegetables with dried herbs and spices. Rice can be a simple base for any meat, egg, bean, or vegetable dish. Add dried fruit to oatmeal while it simmers on the stove.
It can be easier to eat healthy foods when you have them on hand. Try stocking healthy ingredients and snacks.
You may get bored of the same recipes over and over again. Try some of these tips to help you find inspiration.
If you like cooking and baking, you don't have to stop. Divvy up what you've made, and keep only what you want to eat. You can wrap up the rest to share with a friend, neighbour, or family member.
It's okay to crave comfort foods right now. All foods, if you eat them in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. On most days, eat different types of foods - whole grains foods, vegetables and fruits, and protein foods. And choose different foods from each food group. For example, if you often choose rice, try a different grain like barley or quinoa instead. Different foods have different nutrients, flavours, and textures. Try new foods to see if you can find new favourites.
Adaptation Date: 9/15/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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