Food Planning In The New Normal – How To Change For The Better

As the pandemic continues to ravage the world, people have realized that good health is more important than anything else. The new mindset has made them watchful about better and healthier eating habits in the new normal. There’s a lot of stress on food planning, right from the choice of foods to meal schedules and healthy cooking techniques. After all, you have to be careful about getting good nutrition without snacking on unhealthy stuff due to stress eating. At the same time, you need to ensure food safety as you get groceries home and cook food. Here are some food planning measures that can help you change for the better. 

Check your food stock every Friday

Since shopping trips have to be minimized to avoid exposure, it makes sense to check your food stock every Friday so that you can replenish it at the weekend. Go through the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry carefully and check the expiration dates of the food items. This will enable you to decide what you need to use up on time to prevent wastage. Tempting as it may sound, overstocking is the last thing you should do.

Have a shopping list ready

A good look at the supplies at home will give you a fair idea about everything that you need to pick from the supermarket. Making a list on a paper will help you to avoid overspending and keep your shopping trip short. Whether you plan to visit the market, shop online, or take a curbside pickup, a shopping list is the most essential aspect of buying groceries and everyday stuff.

Look for good deals 

Apart from eating healthy, saving money will probably be your top agenda during the pandemic. Luckily, there are plenty of special offers in retail stores that can help you cut down your bills. It would be a good idea to avail the Black Friday sale offers for picking bigger packs of items with lasting shelf life, such as coffee, detergents, and other stuff. For the rest, you can check the online catalogue of your favorite store to find the specials on offer every weekend. 

Stick with healthy choices

Needless to say, there’s nothing more important than the correct food choices right now. Emphasize fresh foods that boost immunity- vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk, eggs, and nuts are your best friends. A switch to a vegan diet is being recommended in the pandemic era, though you need to be careful about the quality and freshness of meats if you still want to use them. Apart from the fresh variants, pick the shelf-stable and frozen ones you will need for preparing meals for the family. 

Follow healthy cooking rules

Ordering meals is something you need to steer clear of, so now’s the time to cook for the family. Stick to the healthy cooking rules, such as avoiding fried stuff, minimizing the use of oil, and cooking fresh food for daily consumption. As you plan meals, consider the special needs of family members, including infants, seniors, pets, and those with dietary restrictions. Focus on simplicity as these dishes are easy to prepare and digest.

Balance meals with good taste and health so that you can keep the family happy and healthy through the crisis. 

Author Bio- 

Emma Hill- Foodie and a blogger, Emma Hill, serves as a content crafter at Outreach Monks with a passion for helping people choose the right food for their health. Also, she loves riding and dreams to buy a superbike one day.