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Bare store shelves don’t have to mean low nutrition meals

With grocery store shelves looking a little different these days, planning healthy family meals can be trickier than normal. Many people are working from home and kids are out of school, so families are cooking more meals at home. As some supermarkets struggle to keep shelves stocked, some items may be unavailable, have limits on the quantity that can be purchased or are more expensive.

Security Health Plan Health Educator Angie Pero explained that despite COVID-19, her advice for eating healthy hasn’t changed.

“Eat more fruits and vegetables, but look for frozen or canned options if you have difficulty finding fresh. You’ll still receive a similar nutritional value,” she explained.

Finding simple recipes that use fewer ingredients can also be a way to save money, as they can be used for more than one meal. Plan a few freezerfriendly meals before your next shopping trip. Ingredients such as beans are inexpensive, versatile and pack a powerful nutritional punch.

“Shelf-stable items, like beans, pasta and whole grains are ways to stretch your meals further, and meatless meal options can also save a few dollars,” Pero said. “It’s also a great time to try a new recipe or ingredient. People tend to eat the same thing – now is a great time to break out of your ‘food funk.’” Before heading to the supermarket, plan each breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for several days in advance. Planning ahead will result in fewer impulse purchases and can help keep curb costs at the grocery store. Think of items that may be sold out and alternatives that could be used instead.

Looking for some more ideas? Security Health Plan members have free access to WebMD’s Wellness at Your Side app. This handy app lets you set goals, track progress and get personalized recommendations – all with the trusted knowledge and experience of WebMD. From tips on exercise, stress reduction, healthy meal ideas, and free digital health coaching, this easy-to-use app has so many features that can help. The app is free to download in Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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