April 06, 2020 Healthy Living

Eating Healthy While Staying at Home

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic is hitting everyone hard. I’ve personally found myself bouncing around between several different emotions – disbelief, sadness, feeling completely overwhelmed, and more. Another side effect? Being quarantined at home has meant ready access to the fridge and pantry, including all my kids’ snacks. That’s right – I’ve become very effective at distancing myself from vegetables, among other things.

However, now that I’ve realized and accepted that we’re in this for the long haul, it’s time to get back on track, and our partners at Zipongo® have shared some resources to help me – and CDPHP members – do just that.

If you haven’t joined Zipongo yet, now’s the time! Simply log in to your member account and go to CaféWell. Choose the Zipongo program card in CaféWell to add the program to your list. You can then use the website to browse recipes or download the app.

Check out Grocery Deals and Budget-Friendly Recipes

Since the world changed what felt like in an instant, I’m definitely trying to keep a keen eye on our budget during this time. Zipongo is helping by showing grocery deals at local stores to help me plan my shopping trips. The budget-friendly recipe section also helps put together healthy, but economical meal options to stretch our grocery dollars even further.

Serve Up Some Immunity Boosters

The CDC has offered guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and what to do if folks feel ill, but what else can you be doing to ensure your immunity is in tip-top shape? Check out the Immunity Boosters section under Recipes to find foods rich in antioxidants, as well as those that are heart-healthy and plant-based. Zipongo has some additional tips on boosting your immunity through healthy foods here.

Use Online Grocery Delivery

Maximize your time at home by creating one-click grocery lists within the Zipongo app, and then arrange for grocery delivery. Browse recipes to try, add any ingredients to your list that you don’t already have on hand, and then schedule a convenient, no contact drop-off right to your door. Check out this quick video to learn how to use grocery delivery.

Try a Telenutrition Visit*

Try chatting with a registered dietitian via the Zipongo app. Working with a registered dietitian can help you lose weight, plan meals, create a healthier lifestyle, and prevent diet-related illnesses. If you’re new to the Zipongo app, this is a great way to get a lay of the land, and learn about all of the features available to guide your eating habits during a challenging time.

Simply use the left-hand navigation menu in your Zipongo app, select Telenutrition, and schedule a video visit. You can also click on Telenutrition in your Zipongo account from your desktop computer.

*Cost-share may apply.

The good news is, and there is SOME good news, all of this staying at home means more time for cooking. Try making it a family affair by getting your kids involved and showing them how much fun cooking together can be. It’s also a great time to take a look at your pantry and get smart about food storage to not only use what you have, but to maximize trips to the grocery store and spend more time at home.

Zipongo also recently hosted an informative webinar on maintaining your health and wellness during the COVID-10 pandemic. You can check it out here.

Natalia Burkart
About Author

Natalia joined CDPHP in 2015 as a communications writer/editor. Born and raised in the Capital Region, Natalia earned a BS in marketing and management from Siena College and an MBA from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University). A self-professed news junkie and lover of iced coffee, Natalia currently resides in North Greenbush with her husband, two kids, and a faithful yellow lab.

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