Healthy Eating Through Lockdown: Nutrition, Recipes and Delivery Services

For many of us, being stuck at home with not much else to do but create masterful dishes is a dream. Perhaps you’re using the time to master sourdough or make pasta from scratch? During last year’s lockdown, my wife and I took turns creating a three-course meal for each other – it was a great way to stretch our culinary skills and a nice opportunity to sit down and connect and be present with each other.

Eat to keep a healthy mind

However, not everyone is comfortable in the kitchen; yet it’s particularly important at times like this to continue to eat healthy, well-balanced, and nourishing meals. Just as your body needs fuel to stay physically fit, your brain needs nutrients to perform at its best.

According to Health Navigator, maintaining healthy eating habits can improve moods and mental wellbeing. As well as reducing sugary, salty, and processed food (which, unhelpfully, we’re often drawn to when we’re feeling anxious or stressed), Health Navigator suggests we eat a wide range of foods including:

  • vegetables (e.g., carrots, dark leafy greens, cucumber)
  • fruits (e.g., bananas, apples, citrus, berries)
  • legumes (e.g., lentils, chickpeas, beans)
  • wholegrains (e.g., rice, oats, breads)
  • nuts and seeds
  • oily fish and lean meats
  • good oils (i.e., most plant-based oils).

Looking for some inspiration? Here are some simple and delicious recipe ideas from our friends at Senior Chef:

Easy Vegetable Quiches
Roast Vegetable Salad
Fish Pie
Perfect Porridge

Food delivery services still operating during lockdown

For many,however, a trip to the supermarket or grocer to stock on supplies is not possible at present – and often, these are the people that are most in need of a hot, nutritious meal. Luckily, there are still plenty of food delivery services working around the clock to ensure those most in need – including older people, busy carers, and healthcare workers – continue to eat well over lockdown. If you’re feeling isolated at home, the friendly face of your local delivery service might provide a much-need chance for a quick natter (at a safe distance of course).

Here are a list of the food delivery services that are continuing to operate throughout the current lockdown (correct as of 19 August 2021):

Nationwide delivery

Casual Kitchen (Nationwide)

Casual Kitchen prepare your chosen meals, freeze them, and then package them up into chiller boxes so that they stay frozen during delivery. All its meals are packaged in recyclable foil containers that can be used in both the microwave and the oven. It has a range of meals for different dietary requirements.

Eat (Nationwide)
0800 328 333

EAT delivers fresh, ready to heat and eat, good wholesome meals from our door to yours every week. It has nine different and delicious mains to choose from – three soups, five desserts and five cakes ready to deliver every week – which can be delivered nationwide (excluding rural areas)

MADE by My Food Bag (Nationwide)
0800 469 366

MADE by My Food Bag is a new range of single serve, ready-made meals crafted using Nutritionist Nadia Lim’s Nude Food Philosophy. They’re prepared fresh with each serving bursting with full hearty flavours, and they’re loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to power your daily vitality. Better yet, they’re ready to in around three minutes!

SwoleFoods (Nationwide)

SwoleFoods turns everyday recipes that you know and love into delicious, high protein meals full of nutrients, 100% all natural and packed with flavour. Choose from three distinct meal ranges – Swole (450g serve), Active (350g serve) and Low Carb (300g serve) – and store them in the freezer for up to six months

North Island

Hamilton YWCA Mobile Meals (Hamilton)
(07) 838 2219

Hamilton YWCA Mobile Mealsdelivers meals to those living in Waikato.

MYLK Food Store (North Island)
06 876 2003

MYLK Food Store provides healthy chef prepared meals in a range of sizes. It has a weekly changing menu offering plenty of variety for all palates, including soups, sides, main meals, and desserts. Have your meals delivered North Island wide.

Pohlen Hospital (Matamata)
(07) 881 9100

Pohlen Hospital’s Meals on Wheels service delivers nutritious food to those living in the Matamata District.

South Island

Eatl8r (Canterbury and Otago)
03 420 0722

All its meals are cooked fresh to order and delivered fresh to your door and are good to stay fresh in the fridge for up to seven days.

Healthy Kiwi Dinners (Christchurch)
(03) 9824980

It’s easy to eat well – have Healthy Kiwi Dinners delivered to your door. Once they have simmered and sauteed, they freeze your meals to lock in all the goodness and flavour; all you need to do is heat and eat.

Home of St Barnabas Trust (Dunedin, including Mosgiel and Fairfield)
(03) 455 8298 Ext 1

Home of St Barnabas Trust makes food is just like your mum used to make; wholesome and nutritious, no added salt, low fat content and high on taste. All its meals are made fresh each day on site.

Find more information by heading to the ‘Support at Home’ tab on the Eldernet website and choosing ‘Meals and Food’.

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About Mason Head

Content Creator and Publication Lead at Eldernet