If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home. “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow. Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy. It’s likely that you have been making your favorite comfort foods to soothe your soul and your family. Reminder…mac and cheese is fantastic but not if you eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have enjoyed trying out new recipes and experimenting. Especially because, I have used my time at home as a way to use up food items that have been lurking in my pantry and my freezer. Canned beans for chili, turned into chili mac the next day. Roasted chicken one day;
I love the Wayne Gretsky quotation, “I skate to where the puck is going to be.” Is it possible that the grizzly bears of Alaska and Canada learned from Wayne? They don’t use fishing poles and they can’t grab salmon, but they wade the rivers and position themselves where the salmon will be jumping . . . sometimes right into their mouths. For me, I go to good restaurants where the salmon eventually finds its way into my mouth.Grizzly bears wade the rivers and position themselves where the salmon will be jumping . . . sometimes right into their mouths.I live in the rainy and often overcast Pacific Northwest, but have salmon almost at my finger tips 365 days of the year. This is good because salmon is one of the superfoods, containing healthy unsaturated fats and vitamin D. Victoria J. Drak
Another stressor at the moment is increased boredom, which is linked with emotional eating. At the same time, people have become untethered from many of their usual coping strategies, such as meeting up with friends and spending time in nature.Caroline Kamau, an organisational psychologist at Birkbeck, University of London, whose research links burnout to binge eating, points to five risk factors that might now make someone especially prone to this common form of disordered eating: 1) Mental health problems, especially anxiety and depression 2) Body image issues, including frequent dieting and weight changes pre-pandemic 3) A highly impulsive personality, which might take the form of excessive gami...
Cooking at home more these days? Here’s a primer on a basic technique for creating simple, healthy meals: roasting vegetables.If you love ordering deeply caramelized, crispy Brussels sprouts, carrots or cauliflower from a restaurant but have never made them yourself, now is your chance to experience just how easy it is.The secret to the addicting flavor of roasted — or grilled — food is that the natural sugars in the food are browned and caramelized, resulting in great texture and flavor.You need very little equipment to roast vegetables indoors. If you have a sheet pan and a rack that fits in the sheet pan — think cookie cooling rack — you can roast vegetables just like your favorite restaurant does. I place a sheet of parchment on the bottom of the pan to make the cleanup easier, but
< Back to UNICEF COVID-19 portalThe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is upending life for families around the world. As schools and childcare centres close, many parents are finding themselves stuck at home for most of the day juggling childcare, full-time work and other competing responsibilities. Figuring out “What’s for dinner?” can be yet another daily challenge. To make things even harder, panic buying and disruptions to food supply systems mean some foods can now be difficult to find. And for many people, unemployment and lost income are making food shopping an additional financial challenge. While many parents are understandably looking to ready meals and processed foods as a quick and low-cost way to feed the family, there are convenient, affordable and
Working with WICShopper app developer, Kellogg helped boost use of food benefits and interest in healthy foods for underserved families. WIC is a lifeline for many families across the country. But when data showed that 40% of benefits from the program were going unused, a food manufacturing company stepped in to make a difference. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children program that provides at-risk women, infants and children with food, nutrition education and referrals. As a longtime advocate for getting healthy foods to under-resourced communities, Melanie Hall, a registered dietitian and a senior well-being and regulatory lead for Kellogg Company, thought food marketing strategies could help spur more interest in underpurchas...
By Charli ShieldAt unsettling times like the coronavirus outbreak, it might feel like things are very much out of your control. Most routines have been thrown into disarray and the future, as far as the experts tell us, is far from certain.But there are still lots of things you can do — aside from social distancing and washing your hands with soap — to protect your health and wellbeing. Eating Well Without a vaccine, none of us can entirely eliminate our risk of contracting coronavirus. And experts say that's still 18 to 24 months away.But eating as healthily as possible is important not only for our physical health, but our psychological well-being, too. A healthy diet has been shown to reduce our r
By now, the threat of the COVID-19 virus has forced everyone indoors and it’s easy to let this abrupt change affect our health. It’s easy to neglect eating properly when you’re lounging at home all day with junk food at your disposal, but before you let this luxury become a routine here are some healthy food habits to adopt while in quarantine with three easy vegan recipes to try out! Healthy food tips Stay Hydrated It’s important to be taking in fluids while in quarantine. Water is noticeably the best way to stay hydrated, but there are ways to make drinking water more enjoyable. One way is to experiment with fruit infused water. There are so many combinations you can try such as strawberry, kiwi, oranges and more. Throwing in mint can also help stimulate your health. Eat plenty of ve
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - As many of us find ourselves working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the kitchen is just steps away and that change in routine can cause a change in eating habits.“The thing I've noticed the most with my clients is as they find themselves at home, they’re kind of boredom eating," registered sports dietitian Stephanie May said. "Rather than following their feeling plan and listening to what their bodies actually need, which is probably a lot of Vitamin C and water.” “If you're used to being out of the house and going to work, you may already have a plan set up," licensed nutritionist Lynise Perry said. "I like to continue to encourage people to continue using that plan, but to adjust your routine to a new normal. Also, because you're
Being forced to stay home during the pandemic has changed the way Americans are eating. Before this crisis, Americans would eat out nearly 6 times per week and even when we wouldn’t eat out, we spent an average of $4,400 a year on groceries – 7% of all spending each year. Depending on the city, this can reach an astounding $516 a month on groceries alone. But when we are pushed to remain home, what we buy is drastically changed. Drug stores in some major cities have seen massive sales growth – San Francisco drug stores reportedly have over 500% in sales growth. Many people are purchasing items to create a ‘pandemic pantry’ – mostly consisting of canned foods, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and bottled water. Across the U.S. a few products’ sales are up by hundreds of percent and