Stay-at-home .. but make it healthy-ish

TGIF! Another week social distancing down. One of my good friends reached out to me yesterday about tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so I put together a list of my top 10 ideas to help you jump back into a health & fitness routine during the current COVID-19 situation.

  1. Snack smart! Try out this recipe for energy balls – my go-to!
  2. Infuse your water with lemons/limes/fruit
  3. Switch it up and order a meal delivery kit
  4. Follow your favorite studios/instructors on Instagram and commit to doing their workouts
  5. Schedule workouts like you would meetings .. I know you aren’t hitting snooze on those!
  6. Have a sweat date! Find an accountability partner and do a workout with them virtually
  7. Join a virtual community on Strava – track your own workouts and follow others so you can give kudos and be motivated to get in your own miles
  8. Set a movement goal
  9. Create a schedule – when do you plan on working out? Eating dinner? Make a plan and try to stick to it! I’m a big fan of time blocking these days, but find what works for you
  10. Make it fun – whether it’s a workout class or zoom happy hour with friends, technology has made our options endless..TYSM. So why not try out that new cardio dance class [ ps no one is watching you, so it’s the perfect time to try and perfect those dance moves ] or virtual trivia

High quality snacks. Whether you live in a studio apartment or your new WFH office has you posted up in the kitchen, snacking is inevitable. Rather than depriving yourself of snacks now and binging later [ hello, we’ve all been there .. am I right? ], keep some healthier alternatives stocked that will satisfy your cravings without making you feel like you ran the train off the tracks later.

Energy Balls have been my go to. Minimal ingredients, shelf life and you likely have most of these ingredients already in your pantry. #winning

Drink more water. Hydrate! I typically always have a [ re-usbale ] bottle of water with me. Seriously. During stay-at-home, I’ve found myself snacking just to snack .. because it’s something to do and I’m sure you can relate. So, practice conscious snacking. Am I hungry? Am I fueling for a workout or some kind of physical activity? Or am I raiding the kitchen because I’m bored? If you answered the later, no judgement, but opt for water instead.

Who said water has to be boring? Next time you place a a curbside grocery order, add some of these to your list – lemons/limes, blueberries, strawberries, cucumber, mint. In a pinch? Use frozen fruit!

Some of my favorite favor combinations: Lemon/Lime, Blueberry/Lime, Lemon/Cucumber/Mint.

Meal kits. I’m typically not one to use subscription based meal services, but honestly they are the real MVP these days. PSA if you order today, expect it to be 1-2 weeks’ before your first box arrives – but worth it IMO. There are a lot of unknowns out there in regards to just how long stay-at-home orders will be in place and although grocery stores are among those considered essential businesses that will remain open, I’ve been trying to limit trips as much as possible. On the other hand, I refuse to live off of frozen pizzas and boxed pasta – which is where meal kits come in to play.

There are a ton of options out there, but I ended up getting my first box from Purple Carrot. Verdict : one meal down and it definitely did NOT dissapoint. They offer gluten free options [ check ] and all meals are plant based. You will receive all the ingredients you need for pre-portioned meals in a box directly to your doorstep. I mean, it’s a no brainer! Ok, so what’s the catch? Meal kit services can get pricey [ $ ], so make sure you use a coupon code .. OK?

At the time Purple Carrot had a promo for $30 off your first order [ that’s $7.13 per meal. Not bad! ]. The current promo is $20 off using code : PURPLE20.

One of my fav IG Accounts, @cleaneatsandsometreats, posted this promo code for $35 off your first order with Sunbasket, another meal delivery service : KATEG35. I haven’t used Sunbasket before, but plan on taking advantage of this offer and checking it out next.

Workouts. There is SO much content from live streaming on Instagram to virtual zoom classes from local instructors and personal trainers – which is great, but can also be totally overwhelming. Here are some tips to help keep you on track.

Start with familiar faces + spaces. It will help you narrow down your options and give you a sense of “normalcy”. A lot of fitness studios [ both local boutiques and national chains ] are offering something for you to do at home. Don’t know where to start? Head to the studios Instagram page.

Next – see what the instructors are up too! A lot of instructors are offering content that’s either being streamed through the studio directly OR on their own channel/platform. Don’t forget, a lot of your favorite instructors are out of work right now, so I encourage you to consider sliding in their Venmo.

Ok, so now that you know what you want to do, the next biggest thing to tackle is actually getting it done. My biggest suggestion here – accountability.

Tag a friend and make a sweat date. FaceTime and do the workout “together”.

Join a group on Strava and feel like you are part of a virtual community.

Set a movement goal – walking, running, biking .. however you like to move. I committed to #100milesinapril and 1760,000 #yardsforyeardly. Check out the virtual MOVEment here.

Lastly, here are links to some of my go-to recipes if you are looking for some cooking inspo + want to check them out! My favorite accounts to follow are Defined Dish, Pinch of Yum, Delish and Skinny Taste.

Pizza Zucchini Boats

Quick & Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Sichuan Beef Stir Fry

Whole 30 Kung-Pao Chicken

Moo Goo Gai Pan (Chines Chicken and Mushroom Stir Fry)

Whole30 Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai **this is the only recipe I posted that I have NOT tried yet, but it’s on my list so wanted to share**

I love substituting zucchini noodles or zoodles for pasta dishes – here are a bunch of Zucchini Noodle recipes from Skinny Taste!

stay home + stay safe – xx

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