Quarantine weight gain has nothing on, the Freshman Fifteen! Between buying unhealthy items in bulk because they're shelf-stable, eating just because you are bored and the stress of everything, most of our summer bodies have disappeared. However, it is so important to fuel your body with quality meals and snacks! Here are 7 tips to keep your immune system strong and to make sure your bathing suite ready for summer 2021!
1. Go to the store with a plan, but be flexible.
Going to the store with the plan is essential for two reasons. First, not having a plan leads to you filling up your cart with junk food. Also, In today's times, you want to spend as a little time in the store as possible.
2. Create a schedule and write it down.
Creating a schedule will help you maintain consistency! Write down what you will be eating every day. Plan the days when you will be eating out and what restaurant you plan to patron. Writing your schedule down in a planner will give you a daily reminder and make it easy to create your weekly grocery list.
3. If nothing else…prep your breakfast.
Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Meal prepping experts suggest that beginners start by creating a breakfast meal prep schedule. Morning meals tend to have the simplest, promotes a healthy lifestyle by fueling your body in the morning.
4. Invest in tools that make your life easier.
If you don't like cooking, try investing in tools that will bring excitement to your kitchen. Slow Cookers and Air Fryers are trendy appliances because they allow you to cook delicious food and make cooking more enjoyable.
5. Calculate how many containers you need, then get more.
Tupperware containers seem to disappear. If you plan to meal prep five days a week and only have five plates, you aren't prepared for meal prep. You are likely to accidentally throw away containers or not always have a clean one. Not having a place to put the meal prepped food will lead to excuses as to why you have to eat out that day instead of cooking!
6. Keep it simple.
Don't try to make extravagant meals with 15 ingredients and require hours of study and preparation. If you aren't passionate about cooking and you try to make complicated meals, it will likely be discouraging and lead to quitting after your first week.
7. Here's a quick grocery list specifically for the quarantine:
Things to limit/avoid:
- Frozen pizza.
- Frozen meals.
- White rice.
- Cookies/ Pastries/Candy
Stock up on:
- Canned beans.
- Canned tuna or wild salmon.
- Frozen chicken.
- Frozen ground turkey.
- Plain fruits and vegetables
- Brown rice.
- Sweet potatoes.
- Onions and garlic.
- Unsalted nuts.
- Tomato sauce.
- Olive oil.
- Peanut butter.
- Canned diced tomatoes.