Gathering in groups should be done with care, taking into consideration social distancing and the use of masks. In addition, something to consider is whether you’ll need food and drink while you are out, and how to manage that safely while keeping up the good nutrition we need to support our immune systems.
You may consider bringing your own food to places where you might otherwise share food, or while traveling where you be tempted to buy less nutritious food or snacks at fast food restaurants or gas station convenience stores. Use a cooler and ice pack to bring healthy snacks like veggies and dip, yogurt, or string cheese on your hiking trip. Instead of ordering subs for lunch, try making your own and pair those with some whole fruit (rinsed, of course!). Don’t forget beverages, including water you might bring along in a thermos, to put into your refillable water bottle or cup. Throw in some sliced fruit for some extra nutrients and flavor.
If enjoying food at a picnic or potluck, do not share utensils and avoid self-serve dishes. Try foods that are individually wrapped (make your own veggie packs or fruit and nut mixes), and make sure there is plenty of hand sanitizer available to everybody.
For more info on picnicking safely, see this blog post.This article was posted in Nutrition News.