2020 has not made anything easy, including healthy eating. As if the temptations of quarantine weren’t enough, we now find ourselves trying to navigate the limited menu hurricanes bring to the table.
While eating healthy does become a little more challenging during a storm, it doesn’t have to go completely out the window. Here are some tips on how to balance your diet during hurricane season:
- Try to make water your beverage of choice. It doesn’t require refrigeration and has 0 calories unlike soft drinks and liquor.
Avoid Grazing or Mindless Snacking.
Research says cravings only last about 5 minutes so distract yourself by having activities planned in case the power goes out so you’re not bored. A few ideas are:
- Board games
- Coloring books
- Energy zappers for kids – indoor hopscotch, hide-and-seek, treasure hunts, hula hoops, etc.
Pick Smart Non-Perishables When Possible.
Try to stock up on non-perishables that are high in protein and/or fiber, low in fat. These are some things I have stocked:
- Fruit canned in 100% juice
- Individual bags of Skinny Pop popcorn (pre-popped)
- The Good Bean Chickpeas
- Whole grain crackers with PB
- Pickled and marinated vegetables – yes, I know this isn’t perfect but it’s survival!!!
If you struggle with portion sizes, divide into snack bags if necessary.