“The healthier you eat right now, the better you’re going to feel.”

 –Dr. Sara Whedon (01:12 – 01:15)


 We are all working in different spaces, but we promised that we would educate you no matter what. This time, we want you to understand the importance of choosing the right food and its effects, not just physically, more so mentally. And this is what we need in these trying times. We have to be physically fit and mentally stable to face the health effects of coronavirus. We will give you a quick list of 5 essential foods that you can get the next time you visit the grocery store.


In this episode, we invited Deanna Dahlinger, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She works for Ascension Providence and also runs her virtual private practice.  You can find more from her blog called Dee’s Daily Dish and get ideas for healthy meals, nutrition tips, and exercise routines.


Part One of 5 Essential Food to Grab From the Grocery Store to Keep You Happy and Healthy


We must talk about the mandatory foods that you need to store in your fridge or pantry right now. We need to make sure that we are taking opportunities to make ourselves better, most notably with what’s going around globally.


Unfortunately, a lot of people do not realize how much of an influence food can have on how you feel. We are usually after ‘comfort foods,’ which are unhealthy. If you have no idea which ones to choose the next time you go out for grocery shopping, you may use our list below.

       1.Chickpea Noodles


You might want to include Chickpea Noodles for a couple of reasons. One, it’s easy to make. Two, it has an enormous amount of protein and fiber in it. It’s a two-in-one for this. You can make it with pasta sauce, or you can get creative.


       2. Tuna


It’s also a great source of protein. The canned ones are practical because you can either consume it now or even after a few months from today. Canned tunas are versatile because you can make a sandwich or salad with it. Instead of mayo, you can use avocado and get that creamy texture.


“It’s important to create these healthy habits as we go along.”

– Deanna Dahlinger (01:24 – 01:32)


      3. Avocado


Speaking of avocado, this is our third food on this list. You might think it’s a waste to buy avocados since they have a short duration of time that they are good for. However, we can manipulate either the advancement or the slow down of how ripe they can get. In addition, you can add avocado to your smoothie and throw the healthy fats and fiber into it. It does help in making you feel satiety.


Part Two of 5 Essential Food to Grab From the Grocery Store to Keep You Happy and Healthy


     4. Beans and Legumes


You can get the canned or the dried ones depending on your preference. For the dried ones, soak it overnight, and it should be ready the next day. There are easy recipes online wherein you just need to throw the ingredients into the crockpot, and you are good to go. 


     5. Fermented Foods


And lastly, you need to buy or stack on fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, or yogurt. These foods are important because of their probiotic content.  Remember, most of the immune system is in our digestive system, and we need to keep it healthy.


“There is a lot of correlation between our digestive system and mental health.”

– Deanna Dahlinger (09:11 – 09:18)


These 5 essential foods are recommended not just during the pandemic, but we encourage you to stack on these all year round. Again, it improves your health holistically, and you will see its benefits in the long run.



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About Deanna Dahlinger


Deanna Dahlinger is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She works for Ascension Providence Hospital as well as runs her own virtual private practice. She started a blog a few years ago called Dee’s Daily Dish where she shares all of her healthy recipes, nutrition tips, and exercise routines. She is a huge nutrition nerd and she loves helping people understand the importance of eating healthy for their body AND mind. https://www.deesdailydish.com/