13 things that will help you eat healthy while quarantined
Put down the snacks and pick up one of these.
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More time at home during quarantine = more time spent raiding the pantry for all the snacks you stocked up on (hello, flamin' hot Cheetos!). And while there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to yet another slice of yet another loaf of homemade banana bread, there comes a time when you're ready to get your eating at least somewhat back on track. I.e. it's time to eat some fruits and veggies.
To help you nourish your body—and resist the alluring siren call of that box of Oreos—we've rounded up 13 things that will make healthy eating easier in quarantine, from the best meal kit delivery service to the number one Instant Pot.
1. A grocery delivery service like Instacart
Because we're supposed to be staying home and avoiding going out as much as possible—and yes, that includes limiting your trips to the grocery store—having fresh produce at home has become quite the challenge. But thanks to grocery delivery services like Instacart, Shipt, and PeaPod, you can get whatever fruits and veggies you need delivered right to your doorstep. Keep in mind, however, that due to high demand, orders are often delayed so place yours well ahead of time.
2. The best Instant Pot for quick meals
Want to eat better but hate to cook? An Instant Pot can help with that. Of all the ones we've tested, we like the Ultra the best. It has 10 different cook settings (from slow cook to pressure cook to steam) and can have a dinner that usually takes an hour on the table in just 20 minutes. I.e. you can essentially just set it and forget it, so you no longer have an excuse not to whip up a good-for-you meal.
3. Our favorite meal kit delivery service: Home Chef
Whether the grocery store was sold out of what you wanted or you're simply tired from a long day, making a healthy, homemade dinner every single night can be a challenge. Enter a meal kit delivery service, which will deliver a box of ready-to-make dinners so you don't have to leave the house. Our experts' preferred service is Home Chef—it has the freshest, highest-quality ingredients along with easy-to-follow (and delicious!) recipes.
4. This gadget to keep your produce fresh
We've all been there—you eagerly buy bags and bags of fresh fruits and veggies at the beginning of the week, only to find them rotting and wilting by the time Saturday rolls around. Whoops. If you're guilty of the above, consider the Fridge Fresh—we tried it out here at Reviewed and found that the tiny gadget did in fact prolong the life of our produce (which will save you money, too!).
5. A spiralizer to turn vegetables into noodles
Pasta is all fine and dandy—until you're eating it for every meal, every day, every week. If that's all you have in your pantry, we feel you but if you do have access to veggies like zucchini or sweet potatoes, you can use a spiralizer to turn said veggies into low-carb noodles. After testing some of the most popular ones, our experts found the Veggetti to be the best spiralizer overall. It has two different ends so you can choose your noodle thickness and is as easy to clean as it is to use.
6. This popular personal blender
Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to sneak some more fruits and even veggies into your diet. And for that you'll need a high-quality blender. According to our experts, the best personal blender you can buy is the Ninja Fit, which has a tiny but mighty motor that blends, crushes, and purees to perfection. Plus, its compact size makes it much more convenient to use and store than a bulky, larger blender.
7. This easy-to-use vegetable chopper
As if convincing yourself to eat vegetables instead of more Cheez-its wasn't hard enough, now you actually have to wash, peel, and chop said vegetables?! Yeah, right. Make the whole prep process easier with the Vidalia Chop Wizard. Our audience development manager swears by hers—she likes that it can cut all different vegetables (onions included) and that it turns what could take 45 minutes into a quick and easy 10 minutes.
8. A food scale for perfect portions
If your problem isn't what you eat but how much you eat, you may benefit from a food scale. Our experts tested some of the top kitchen scales available and found that the My Weigh KD-8000 was the most accurate (and the most streamlined!) of the bunch. It can weigh your food in grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds, and is made of durable stainless steel that's a breeze to clean off when you're finished.
9. An air fryer for healthier fried food
As delicious as French fries and fried chicken are, they aren't exactly the best for you. However, you can make them a lot better for you if you use an air fryer, which does exactly what its name suggests: fries your food in hot air instead of oil. Our experts recommend the Philips Airfryer XXL because it consistently produces the crispiest, crunchiest food and is large enough to make family-size portions.
10. These top-rated meal prep containers
Even in quarantine, meal prepping is still a smart option for anyone trying to eat healthier. After all, if you have a healthy homemade meal waiting in the fridge, you're a lot less likely to order Chinese takeout for the 5th day in a row... To get started, you'll need a set of solid meal prep containers, like Reviewed's favorite: these glass ones from Pyrex. They're made of durable glass, stack neatly in the fridge, and even have a vent for easy reheating.
11. This must-have salad accessory
Yes, salads might taste better at a restaurant but no, that doesn't mean you can't make delicious ones at home. To whip up the chopped salad of your dreams, people are obsessed with these brilliant tongs, which have a built-in blade that easily cuts up everything from lettuce to tomatoes. According to reviewers, the soft-grip handle is comfortable to maneuver and the durable stainless steel blade chops efficiently and effectively.
12. A cookbook with healthy recipes to try
So you have all of the kitchen tools and the food—now what? Well, a few healthy recipes would probably help. There are hundreds of great cookbooks out there, from specific diets like paleo or keto to celebrity-favorites like Joanna Gaines or Chrissy Teigen. Two of my go-to picks for better-for-you cooking, however, are the SkinnyTaste cookbook (packed with lighter versions of your favorite meals) and "Run Fast Eat Slow" (I'm not a runner but I love these nutritious recipes!).
13. The app everyone is obsessed with: Noom
Chances are high you've heard about Noom, whether you saw it on Instagram or heard about it through a friend who can't stop talking about it. One of our editors tried out the popular weight loss app for three months and says it helped her form sustainable healthy habits and lose 20 pounds (!!) along the way. With an easy-to-use interface, Noom makes it simple to log and track your meals (and your progress) and allows you to connect with a supportive community along the way.
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