Sharing a meal together has always been more than a simple part of our daily routines. For ages, mealtime has brought a sense of togetherness and human connection, allowing us to savor food, laughter and conversation. As we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world are adjusting to a new normal as offices, restaurants, movie theaters, malls and more remain closed. Despite so much uncertainty in the world today, we are grateful for the chance to share something that unites us all, even from a distance: food. It goes without saying that we are living in unprecedented times. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay happy and healthy as we all navigate these new changes together. Luckily, social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the simple pleasures in life — a delicious meal made with some of the best ingredients nature has to offer. Use our 6 tips below to make the most of this time with family and friends near and far.
Spend more time in the kitchen.
Cooking at home is a great way to keep your family happy and healthy. According to Google’s U.S. COVID-19 Mobility Report, people are enjoying more home-cooked meals than ever before. There’s no better way to avoid boredom while doing your part to flatten the curve than enjoying meals at home with your family. Invite kids to learn new skills in the kitchen and help with meal preparation as an educational way to keep them occupied while away from friends and school. Be sure to stock up on organic beans and vegetables to ensure your family is receiving food at its very best. When shopping for groceries in-store or online, look for Green Valley to bring delicious, fresh-off-the-farm taste to your healthy lifestyle.
Organize your pantry.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the average U.S. family has spent 15-20 percent more each monthly on dry goods. Now is a great time to take stock of the food you have available to ensure you are putting your purchases to good use. A clean, organized pantry allows you to maximize your space and your recipes! Being aware of what you already have is a great way to limit food waste while making the most of your grocery budget.
Try new recipes.
A typical busy work week doesn’t usually allow for much creativity in the kitchen. Take advantage of this time to treat yourself to something new! Nurture your family with recipes that include wholesome, organic ingredients that give them the nutrients they need and the taste they love — from breakfast to dessert. Recreate cherished family recipes or search the web to discover new healthy recipes to keep mealtime exciting. Spice up your daily menu using these flavorful recipes and your favorite Green Valley organic ingredients.
For even more sweet and savory ways to use your beans and veggies, visit our recipe page.
Establish healthy snacking habits.
Consider using this extra time at home to develop new healthy habits, from at-home workouts to discovering new wholesome snacks. Being mindful of the nutritional choices we make is one way to maintain a sense of control and routine. According to Harvard Medical School, consuming certain nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C and more can help boost your mood while increasing immunity, especially during times of stress. Green Valley whole kernel corn, peas and cut green beans are a delicious way to enjoy the taste of organic, non-GMO veggies at a moment’s notice. Our whole kernel corn and peas are seasonally grown and harvested at the peak of ripeness before being sealed to lock in the most vibrant color and satisfying texture. Green Valley Whole Kernel Corn is fat free, low in calories and naturally sweet and crisp. Not only are our peas tender, creamy and sweet, they are also rich in vitamin C, protein, and antioxidants. Our cut green beans have a deliciously mild flavor and tender-crisp texture. Enjoy corn, peas and green bean varieties as is or heated in the microwave for just 30 seconds.
Share with friends and family.
Social distancing may limit time spent with friends and family outside of your household, but thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to stay connected with loved ones. Post photos of your favorite creations on social media, and exchange recipes with one another to add even more tasty meals to your family’s weekly menu. Planning video calls with friends and family to enjoy dinner together can also provide a sense of community and comfort during a difficult time.
Give back to your community.
Now more than ever, it’s important for neighborhoods, cities and the world at large to work together and provide support to those who need it most. There are many ways to give back to both local and national nonprofits from the safety of your own home. Consider making a donation to an organization like Feed The Children, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America, or No Kid Hungry to help families receive essential items during the COVID-19 crisis. To support local restaurants, buy gift cards online to use at a later date.
As we continue to adapt to a “new normal,” all of us at Green Valley are wishing you health, safety and happiness. For more information on Green Valley organic vegetables and recipe inspiration, visit our website.