The Family Diet: How to Stay Healthy During Quarantine
By Hannah Boothe
If you’re looking for ways to make sure you and your loved ones follow a healthy diet during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this very helpful list. Here are five ways you can have a healthy family diet during the quarantine.
1. Cook More of Your Meals
Not only can you better ensure you are promoting a healthy diet, but you also can create some quality time for your family. Even if you have young children, they can participate with you. And your kids will learn valuable skills they can use for the rest of their life.
Take time to create a meal calendar. And be certain to ask for everyone’s input. Use this opportunity to cook some food you’ve been wanting to try for the first time. And don’t forget you can cook meals in advance, too.
2. Use Ingredients that Benefit Your Health
If you want to ensure you have a healthy diet, you need to be certain to use healthy ingredients. You need to make sure your family is getting the right amounts of various food groups. And don’t forget to turn to specific foods known to help with specific needs.
Consider, for example, orange blossom honey. It contains some very beneficial properties like natural antioxidants that help with all kinds of issues like allergies, compromised immune systems, and inflammation. And you will notice that it tastes great, too.
3. Limit Fast Food and Junk Food
Although fast-food joints are still in business during the CODID-19 crisis, this does not mean you need to eat fast-food all of the time. And the same can be said for junk food you and your family might want to eat more than usual during the quarantine. However, this doesn’t mean you all can’t enjoy these types of foods from time to time. You just need to be certain to have limitations in place.
Fast-food is very convenient, and you might have a hard time telling kids they cannot have it. And you might struggle with limiting your family’s intake of junk foods. Remind your children that eating fast-food is a reward, and the same goes for junk foods you might have in your pantry. You have to be in charge.
4. Purchase Take and Cook Meals
Many of your local restaurants are scrambling for ways to stay afloat, and you can help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take time to get out of your home during quarantine and grab some take and cook meals from your local restaurants. You also can find great take and cook meals at your supermarkets.
And if you have family and friends who love to cook, you should see if they have meals you can purchase from them. They could probably use the extra money, and this gives you a chance to see them even if just from a distance. Ask them to put together a meal or a few meals your family will enjoy, send them money electronically, and pick the food up from their curb. Just be sure to remind them of any dietary needs and restrictions your family might have.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
If you want to ensure your family’s diet is healthy, then you need to make sure everyone is getting enough water. Children as young as five years old need at least five glasses of water a day, and you should know children need eight glasses of water daily beginning around age 13. But depending on their specific needs, your kids might need more water. And you and other adults in your home need a minimum of eight glasses of water, too. This could be higher, of course, if there are specific health needs.
Bottled water is one way you can get everyone to drink more water. And you also could think about adding a water filtration system to your sink. You have other options, too. Whichever route you choose to make sure this happens, you must be certain your family drinks plenty of water.
Each of the suggestions above will help ensure your family has the best diet possible during the quarantine. Make sure this is a priority. And bookmark this page for future reference.
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Washington in Marketing and English. With dreams of becoming a professional novelist, she also enjoys taking care of her dogs and helping out on her parent’s farm. She loves to read and enjoys cuddling up to a good movie.