New Brunswick, N.J. (March 27, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick experts are available for interviews on healthy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Visualize breakfast, lunch, and dinner for at least five days. What will you serve? What do you need?” according to an article by the experts for Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. “Consider the foods your family likes, your food preparation interests and skills, and the time and energy you will have for preparing meals. Working from home may not mean there is more time to cook – especially if you are now responsible for teaching your kids and doing the work your employer expects.”

“The healthiest meals emphasize whole grains, vegetables, and fruits—serve them in the greatest amounts. Meat portions should be smaller – this will save money and help keep dietary saturated fat in check…. Consider low cost alternatives. Instead of buying ready-made hummus, puree a drained can of chickpeas to make your own. Try a meatless meal, like chili with beans instead of beef. If fresh fruits and veggies are too costly – remember, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables provide the same nutrients as fresh. Best bets are plain frozen veggies and fruits. Go for low sodium canned veggies and fruits canned in juice or water – if these are in short supply, buy regular canned fruits and veggies – drain and rinse before use."

Here’s a link to the article:

Contact Todd Bates at [email protected] to interview these Rutgers experts, all members of the American Society for Nutrition:

Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, extension specialist in Nutrition and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Jaclyn Maurer Abbot, an instructor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Kaitlyn Eck, a teaching assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has launched a website with resources to help address COVID-19-related issues, ranging from personal wellness and nutrition to at home educational resources for children to sanitation.


Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at [email protected]

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