Balancing your Social Life with Nutrition
You might be asking yourself, what social life? Despite social distancing, we are still balancing a social life. Whether it’s a Zoom meeting for work, scheduling virtual get-togethers with friends, or checking in on relatives over Face Time. These are all social events and a few of them may revolve around food and drink.
So, how do you stay on track with a healthy lifestyle when your life is now unstructured, and you are not sure what the grocery store will have in stock?
My suggestion is to plan, plan, plan. Plan your meals at least a week and half out. Make a grocery list that has every item you need to create each meal. Account for dinners that may have leftovers. The leftovers will be lunch the next day. Go through your pantry, fridge, and freezer to assess what you already have in stock. This may seem overwhelming at first. But, once you start doing this, mealtime becomes less stressful. Also, once our lives return to “normal” you will be so happy you created this habit.
Plan to have food for your virtual social events. If you are eating healthy through the week, it is ok to have comfort snacks during your virtual family and friend time. Just be mindful of what you are eating and how much. Plate a serving of food for yourself instead of eating out of the chip bag.
We are also social creatures when we exercise. Whether it is going to the gym, running with a partner, bike riding, yoga, or dog walking. Do not let your daily movement slack right now. YouTube has tons of videos for just about every exercise. Take advantage of this time to try something new.
Daily movement and healthy eating will help you feel energized and less stressed.
Here is a delicious Red Pepper Hummus recipe that can be served with fresh veggies or pita during your next virtual get-together.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
In an electric food processor, combine garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon juice.
Process until the mixture is smooth.
Add roasted peppers and basil; process until the peppers are finely chopped.