There is no doubt that these are very uncertain and scary times being quarantine, but you and your loved ones deserve staying healthy. What’s more, even the act of preparing and serving a healthy, wholesome meal can bring immense comfort! Here are some ways in which you can make safe and healthy food choices during quarantine:
Fruits and vegetables aplenty
Fruits and vegetables are an important source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Even during these times (quarantine), it is beneficial to eat fruits and vegetables every day. In fact, it may surprise you that fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and juiced versions also count!
Whole grains over refined grains
Unlike refined grains, whole grains keep the layers of vitamins, minerals, and fibre intact. Moreover, whole grains also make up for an important source of carbohydrates, giving you ample energy while also helping you feel fuller for longer periods of time. So, try opting for whole grains whenever possible when stuck in quarantine!
Unsaturated fats over saturated fats
Fats are undoubtedly a significant part of any healthy diet. But at the same time, not all fats affect your body and your health the same way. Switching to unsaturated fats can help lower your bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
This can be done by reducing your intake of foods like fatty meats, high-fat dairy products and tropical oils. Unsaturated fat can be found in foods like nuts and plant oils and can help ensure a healthy balance of fats in your body.
Minimize high fat, sugar and salt intake
While at quarantined all day at home, it may be tempting to grab snacks over fixing a healthy meal. It is a guilty pleasure, after all! However, foods and drinks like cookies, potato chips, chocolate, and sugary drinks etc., can result in consumption of more calories than required. Since these foods often provide little to no nutritional benefits, we suggest you try moderating their intake!
Staying hydrated is essential for overall health. If drinking mere water all the time feels boring, you can always up the quotient via a refreshing boost by adding some lemon, cucumber, mint, or berries! In fact, even drinks like unsweetened coffee and tea, sparkling water, iced tea or flavoured water etc. are safe choices for hydration.
So don’t worry, there is a lot more to staying hydrated than just water! In essence, while there are no foods or sure-shot ways to ‘boost’ our immune system against Covid-19, eating a healthy balanced diet is undoubtedly beneficial for overall good health! At Flowlyf, we aspire to help our community stay healthy even during these uncertain times!
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