Meal Planning Tips

Spending more time at home than usual is like questioning all day in the back of the mind like ‘what to cook?’. All we want in our family is to eat healthily but some mothers need to make it quick and easy. It’s getting even more difficult during pandemics because everyone is trying to make fewer trips to the grocery store. Also, everyone is making sure that all of the homework of their kids gets done at night. It is known that drive-thru or convenience foods would be quicker and much easier, but it is much important to have a good healthy meal. Here are a few grocery shopping tips and tricks to help plan healthy family-friendly dinners during this pandemic;

Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

Take time to make a grocery list and go through your cupboards and pantry and try to keep a two-week supply on hand. Here are lists of must-have items in your pantry that are nutritional and can be used in a variety of ways:

Frozen Foods

The freezer is for more than just frozen pizza and ice cream.

  • Vegetables – with fewer trips to the grocery store, stock up on frozen vegetables so that you can always have one with dinner. The quality is great and there is a wide variety. Be sure to avoid the frozen vegetables that have sauce on them.
  • Fruit – there are lots of great options of frozen fruit to make smoothies or add to healthy yogurt.
  • Lean meats – stock up on seafood, chicken, pork loin, or lean ground beef.

Plan Meals Based on the Foods You Already Have

  • To lessen your trips to the store, get creative with what you have on hand. There are lots of ideas that you can go online.
  • If you have leftover vegetables and steak, you can turn that into a unique recipe that you wanted to try and share with your family.

When You Have to Go to the Store

  • Make a detailed grocery list that is organized in the order you will walk through the store. This will not only save you time but also lessen the risk of exposure to the virus.
  • Wear your face mask.
  • Disinfect your hands and cart when you get to the store.
  • Practice social distancing from other shoppers.
  • If possible, make it a solo trip if you go shopping. Do not bring children or other family members with you. This also reduces exposure.
  • Remember to wash your hands before and after putting your groceries away when you get home.

Can the virus live on fresh vegetables and fruits or food packaging?

  • Accordingly, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the Coronavirus can be transmitted through food or food packaging. However, the virus can survive on surfaces and objects so it is very important to practice good hand hygiene and food safety.
  • Wash all vegetables and fruits before eating.
  • Do not use bleach, soap, or other household products to clean your produce.