Maintaining a balanced diet is not always easy, especially during the Covid 19 epidemic. Between the slackness, the cravings for nibbling and the children’s snacking, the temptation is permanent. However, eating well during this period is essential for your health and for the proper functioning of your immune system. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a balance during this period!
Eat everything, especially things that make you happy.
Eating well means eating everything: fruits, vegetables, starchy foods, pulses, dairy products, fats…
While shopping you can continue to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. You can also buy them in canned or frozen form so that you always have healthy food on hand.
Plan meals for the week
It’s easier to vary your diet when you plan your meals in advance and it also allows you to store faster and limit the time spent in the store. For example, you can ask your family and friends which dish would make them happy, and try to prepare it at home!
Do you have a little more time? Why don’t you make some homemade meals?
This can be the perfect time to get your hands on the stove to gather around a table again and eat homemade food. Focus on easy-to-prepare dishes: vegetable pizza, spaghetti with Bolognese, roast chicken… There’s no shortage of ideas, and you don’t necessarily need a rich dish or sauce to please everyone.
To find yourself within your budget, you can use frozen fruits and vegetables. Good to know: seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper.
Have a good time cooking with the kids.
It is always a good idea to involve children in the preparation of meals.
In addition to getting them off the screens, you will strengthen your ties around a gourmet activity! In addition, your children will be more likely to like or eat vegetables if they have prepared them themselves, it allows them to taste new flavours.
Try to reduce the quantities during meals
During the Covid 19 outbreak you are likely to spend less energy than normal (teleworking or short-time working, less opportunity to play sports, more car travel). Your energy needs are therefore less important. You can therefore adapt the portions at the table.
Tip: Did you know? The larger the plate, the more you tend to fill it. If you have medium-sized plates, choose this one for your meals.
How can you limit your cravings for snacks these days?
At this time of year, many of us are tempted to snack, and that’s normal.
We can be more worried, more nervous, more braided, it’s normal, and we can spend more time in front of the screens which can increase the desire to snack.
Eating regular meals 3 times a day, trying to eat a variety of foods and leaving the table feeling full can help you get through the day. And if you really feel like snacking, try a fruit or a small handful of unsalted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds…). Don’t worry, you can still treat yourself to a square of chocolate from time to time!
You can also keep busy with activities that you like, like playing with your children, tinkering, or gardening if you have a garden, trying to stay active helps limit your cravings for snacks.
Many of you take advantage of the period of confinement to return to the stove and rediscover the pleasure of cooking. You may be planning your meals for the week and preparing shopping lists. Planning is a good way to eat a balanced diet and be careful with your wallet. Containment can also be an opportunity to promote local and short circuits to support small producers. In short, you have certainly developed many good habits that you can maintain after confinement.