Five Ways Eating in a Pandemic Is Improving Your Relationship With Food

It’s 5 p.m. on who can tell which day, and instead of rushing from work to kids’ activities, I’m unpacking a box of produce while my 7-year-old peels carrots beside me. Rather than grab what we can from the fridge on the way to soccer practice, my family is all sitting down together to a homemade vegetarian meal. On the menu tonight: cauliflower lentil tacos.

Before you get the wrong impression that everything’s going swimmingly at my house, it’s not. But as a registered dietitian and a mom, I’m noticing a few noteworthy patterns amid the pandemic, both in my own family and in what my clients report every day. Some of these food-related behavior changes have the potential to become new habits with long-term benefits. Here are five eating-related behaviors I hope endure beyond the pandemic.

1. Eating family meals together

For the first time, some kids now

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Cooking during coronavirus? Best substitutes for recipe ingredients such as milk, eggs or oil

Sometimes you don’t have all the ingredients you need to make that perfect recipe. We’re here to help.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, we sometimes had to get creative with ingredients because of dietary restrictions or food preferences. If you’re following a recipe or looking to re-create one of your favorite meals but you don’t have the exact ingredients, there are easy hacks to get a similar result.

Whether you haven’t made it to the grocery store to replenish your pantry or your local supermarket doesn’t have what you need, there are ways to substitute some of the most popular ingredients in recipes.

We’ve rounded up some substitution options to help you in the kitchen:

Bread crumbs

Don’t have a canister of bread crumbs on hand in your pantry? If you have a loaf of bread, you can make your own by grinding dried bread in a

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