Top 5 Food Tips for When Social Activities are Restricted
The COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns have changed almost every facet of life. However, Covid hasn’t changed an individual's inherent need to consume good and nutritious foods.
In fact, Covid has made nutritious food consumption more important than ever. Especially given the need for a strong immune system in order to battle such an illness. Yet Covid has made eating healthy seem like an uphill battle.
Instead of giving in and consuming unhealthy foods while staying at home, use your new free time wisely. Plan meals and limit supermarket trips. Prioritise fresh ingredients. Get creative in the kitchen. Because, during periods of social activity restrictions, eating healthy, sustainable foods is easier than ever.
5 essential home food tips
At a time when everyone should be staying indoors and playing their role in lessening the effects of the pandemic, food is often the last thing on people’s minds. However, it has never been more important to consume healthy and sustainable foods.
With this in mind, embrace cooking at home. There is only so much takeaway one person can eat before their taste buds become uninspired and their wallets strain under the cost of eating out.
Restricted social activities mean more free time than ever. With this free time, research nutritious diets. Plan trips to the supermarket to minimise trips outside and also reduce food waste. Once you have the ingredients, cook up a storm in the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at the results.
1. Plan your shopping trips
Reducing time in the community is a key component to reducing your exposure to Covid. That’s why people should embrace planning their shopping trips. This includes what day you shop and how often you shop. You can also shop online! Quorn, for example, offers a ‘Where to Buy’ page that shows your best meat-free options when it comes to groceries in Singapore.
Planning trips to the shops reduces exposure time and also food wastage. It also helps you to take the guesswork out of making dinner. If you’ve already purchased the ingredients, you know what to make each night.
2. Buy non-perishables
Scheduled shopping trips may mean that you have to buy more non-perishable food. Non-perishables can be stored in the pantry for years, offering longevity and flavour. Non-perishables include everything from rice, noodles, pasta and spices.
It’s worth noting that your favourite Quorn products can be frozen for longevity. This means you can enjoy Quorn’s fillets, fishless fingers, nuggets, sausages, mince, burgers and everything in between, whenever you like. Offering both taste and nutrition.
3. Prioritise fresh ingredients
Scheduling shopping trips means that it might be hard to make fresh ingredients last until your next shop. In order to make the most of your supply, prioritise the use of fresh fruits, vegetables and other ingredients.
Use fresh ingredients to make extra tasty and nutritious smoothies and juices. Add fresh fruits to your bowl of porridge. By adding fresh fruits and vegetables in some way, shape and form to every meal, you will also ensure that you’re meeting serving requirements.
4. Remove temptations
With more time spent at home, it might seem hard to treat yourself. There’s less trips to clothing and accessory stores. Drinks with co-workers are infrequent. Trips to the movies are harder.
In the absence of other joys, it’s normal to turn to comfort foods. However, this behaviour isn’t great for our health. So, while it’s ok to treat yourself every now and again, remove temptation and only buy comfort type foods in moderation. This way, bad habits can’t form.
5. Don’t be afraid to experiment
In a restricted social activity environment you might not always be able to get the ingredients you want. Instead of reaching for the take out menus, get creative. Swap ingredients and instead use your favourite stocks, spices or herbs that are already in your pantry.
Now is the time to unleash your inner chef. With seemingly more hours in the day to fill than ever before, embrace cooking. Follow the recipes as best you can and at the end of the day, sit down with your family or housemates and enjoy the taste of a meal well cooked.
Surviving cooking at home with Quorn
The pandemic has changed the world in many different facets. However, it hasn’t changed the basic need of humans to eat healthy and delicious foods. With more free time than ever before, staying home more due to Covid is proving to be the perfect time to put an apron on and get cooking.
While it seems strange to embrace cooking during a pandemic, there is no better time! Ordering from the same takeout establishments is pricey and often these meals won’t provide you with enough nutrition. Cooking from home really is the best and tastiest option.
With people panic buying from the supermarket, keep in mind that it might be hard to find ingredients. Don’t give up your cooking journey. Instead, plan your supermarket visits and what ingredients you will need.
From there, get creative. Lockdowns have afforded people with the time needed to cook great meals. Finally, don’t be afraid to add your favourite spices or Quorn products. There are no rules in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to creating tasty, healthy and sustainable dishes.