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Quick Tips: Cooking and Eating Out

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While practicing healthy habits at home is always important, did you know that balanced nutrition habits can help to boost your immune system?

It’s true! We’re not suggesting that you can avoid COVID-19 with a big salad, we are staying aligned with evidence that suggests that nutritional deficiencies can weaken the immune system and make us more vulnerable to infections.

We’ve gathered some resources to support your efforts to eat enough energy and to dial-in the right nutrients at-home or in your community (as restaurants slowly re-open). These tips and resources may also help your 5 Circle Fit Personal Goals.

Cooking is the best way to know exactly what is in your food. It’s also a top way to save money and can be a relaxing activity for you and your family.

By now, you may have found your groove of cooking all of your meals at home. Awesome! You also may be sick of every single recipe that you have! Food ruts are real and if the thought of coming up with a week’s worth of menus (and the dreaded shopping list to support it) makes you want to throw in the towel, here are some ideas.

PlateJoy is an online meal planning service that allows you to input details about your dietary needs, ingredient preferences and the level of effort you’re willing to put in to cooking. Based on your needs, the service creates a customized meal plan along with a shopping list in minutes.

If you’re not interested in shopping, they are integrated with InstaCart and you can have your week of groceries delivered. Right now, there is a 2-week free trial. After that, plans start at $8/month.

Mealime is an app for busy singles, couples, and families to plan their meals and eat healthier. Meal plans and recipes are highly customizable by dietary needs, health goals and food preference so that you can choose a plan that works with your unique tastes and lifestyle.

Once you input your details, you receive a shopping list and the option to integrate with InstaCart. A major benefit of this service is that it’s free (with in-app purchases) and that most meals can be made in 30-minutes or less.


With many states re-opening, it’s likely that your take-out and dine-in options are expanding. If you’re ready to get out and to help support your local economy, grab a mask and prepare to make good choices to fuel your body for better health while enjoying your time out of the house with your family.

Eat This, Not That offers books, articles, a podcast and even a game to help you navigate your favorite restaurants for better nutrition. Their online archive of popular national and regional restaurants alerts you to calorie counts and easy ways you can modify your order to optimize your nutrition.

Clean Plates is a website for healthy eating that includes recipes, shopping tips and restaurant recommendations. Their goal is to help you move toward the food, habits and choices that work best for you to eat well and live well. Content is delivered online and through newsletters and you can curate topics based on your interests. 

Food Tripping is an app built on the belief that car trips don’t have to mean greasy fast food. If your summer holiday is now a road trip, this app is perfect to help you find local, sustainable food at spots that are convenient to your route. Not only do they have a growing database of quick eateries, juice bars, and organic coffee shops, they also list find healthy food markets and local farmers’ markets

No matter where you choose to fuel-up, we hope these resources help you to make good choices and keep you moving toward your 5 Circle Fit goals.

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