Kitchen time might be easier to reduce than screen time. Everyone is online more, and that means scrolling through countless food and baking content on Instagram. The moment you see someone whipping up something delicious, you may be tempted, or bored enough, to see if you have the ingredients to make it. Your children and spouse will be grateful for your new kitchen skills, but your waistline might not.
If there’s a safe way for you to split up your homemade goods amongst your friends and family, do so. If not, bake goods that can be frozen for later. You’ll improve your baking skills and make happiness levels go up while still watching your diet.
One positive of the quarantine is that it’s forcing everyone to embrace simple cooking, since grocery stores are high-risk zones with limited supplies. Even if you’re not a huge salad person (like me), salads are a great base for as simple meal by adding almost anything you’ve got in your fridge or pantry.
Here’s a quick recipe:
—4 cups chopped spinach
—1 cup quinoa
—1/3 cup of dried cranberries
—1/4 cup of sunflower seeds.
That’s your base, and you can add chicken, fish, shrimp, steak, guacamole, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, pesto, hummus, pastas and/or beans. The possibilities are endless! It may not seem grandiose, but remind yourself of all the nutrients you’re putting into your body.
Last but not least, be mindful of what you’re eating. Focus on your plate and savor each bite—even if it’s enjoyed at home instead of date night at the hot new restaurant.
Irina Falconi has reached the third round of the French and US Opens, and is a co-host of the TENNIS.com Podcast.