The best advice for eating well – during COVID-19 physical distancing – is to cook more at home. You choose the ingredients (and what to leave out!), and you control the portion sizes.
The good news is that “cooking” can be as simple as making a tuna sandwich or scrambling eggs. Eating well doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming. But it does need a little planning.
Here are some strategies for smart meal planning:
- Plan meals a week at a time.
- Consider leftovers — will you use them in tomorrow’s lunch or dinner? This will help you reduce waste and save money too.
- Make a shopping list. Shop for what you need once a week.
- Be flexible. If the grocery store is out of a certain ingredient, have a few go-to meals as a back-up plan.
- Make it a team effort. If you are self-isolating with roommates, a spouse or children, get them involved too. Pick meals together, share shopping and prep duties, and decide who gets to eat the leftovers!
Download the toolkit to help you put together healthy meals every night of the week.
What you'll find inside:
- Three weeks of yum: Simple, delicious dinners with a grocery list for each week
- Make your plate: The easiest way to balance the nutrients you need
- Kitchen shortcuts: Handy hacks to make cooking easier and faster
Plus: Our pantry staples list includes all the basics you need for stress-free meal planning.