But through your stress fear not: There are healthy carbohydrates available, and they’re delicious

    Everybody has been stuck at home due to this pandemic. For me, that means it is just me and my food in my apartment.

    Everyone talks about the "Freshman 15," the weight college kids gain their first year away from home.  I think this year it will be the "Quarantine 10,15, 20, Oh my!" year. Don't mind my Wizard of Oz song reference.

    There are many factors involved with eating. The most basic one is the physiological need to eat. Eating food is also very emotionally involved. Have you ever walked into your pantry and just stared at the food because of boredom? How many times have you grabbed a snack in that moment? I will admit I have done that more times than I can count. There is also eating due to stress, heartbreak, and other emotions.

    I am sure there a lot of stressed people at home, both kids and parents. The kids aren't used to being at home while doing their class routines. Parents have to learn how to communicate with their instructors. Some might have to learn along with the kids to teach them more in-depth. These closings have affected everyone, I just hope that everyone does not start binge eating. Consistent binge eating takes a lot of will-power to reverse. We love to "treat ourselves" to something sweet or salty. These treats are not necessary to function properly.

    There are healthy carbohydrates available. They are delicious and can go into a lot of dishes or can be substituted for other ingredients. A few of my favorites are sweet potatoes, riced cauliflower, bananas, and oatmeal.

    Lately my breakfast routine has been 1/2 cup of quick oats and 1/2 cup of blueberries. I let the blueberries soak in the hot oatmeal for a minute or two. It makes my breakfast so sweet and satisfying, and it’s real food. Natural sweet treats like blueberries are full of nutrients. They are considered a superfood. You better go buy some blueberries, then you will feel "super."

    Sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite side dish. There are so many ways to make them. I have a secret recipe that makes delicious wedges or slices. I even got my little brother to eat them. They have the same basic makeup of a potato, but need a few spice changes.       

     Carbohydrates like these are excellent for your diet. Try to avoid any processed carbs, there are a lot of hidden ingredients on the labels. I'm not saying to stuff your face full of them, but give them a try. I know they will make a difference.       

     Moderation is so important, especially when your routine is outside your comfort zone. I want you to take a look in your pantry and see what changes you need to make. Making healthy choices always pays off.

    Lindsay Catherine Louters “LCAT – Lindsay’s Charged Ageless Transformation” is the classified advertising manager and receptionist at the Crookston Times. She is a certified personal trainer at the Crookston Anytime Fitness. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2019 with degrees in animal science and ag business.