How to eat healthy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak?

“What’s for dinner?” A question full of surprises for some and a source of sorrow for many

The corona virus disease, since it started spreading in February, has flipped the lives of many and this effect is not something that you’d hear on the grapevine. Rather it’s real and it is happening around us.  Schools and universities are closed, offices are either closed or have asked their employees to work from home, and life has pretty much come to a halt. Most of us are caught in between passing time happily and choosing what to eat? Sitting at home all day without over-eating is in itself a big challenge for most of us and to counter it; one must know how to eat right. Along with washing hands and using hand sanitizer to practice hand hygiene, it’s also necessary to know these things.

As if the virus wasn’t itself enough, majority of the population is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying essentials and putting food on the table. This is due to worsening financial conditions and blow to the food supply system in this outbreak. Moreover, unemployment coupled with inequality is only adding to the problems.

With schools now closed, children are the ones who protest the most over what’s being cooked for dinner. So while many parents are looking towards processed foods and ready meals as quick alternatives, you should know that there are other healthy ways to feed the family. So, here are some of the ways to make sure that your child is getting healthy diet with necessary nutrients, all of which are necessary for his/her proper development. Before you go all crazy on food, you should always remember that a clean kitchen is a healthy kitchen and using a kitchen cleaner for efficient cleaning is a good idea.

Don’t miss out on your greens and reds

There is nothing better than consuming fresh vegetables and fruits during these times. Although going out times and again for grocery is not advised but it’s important to ensure that children are eating fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Whenever you get a chance to get your hands on fresh produce, buy but with the thought that overstocking won’t do any good. These fruits and vegetables, along with being eaten can also be frozen and serve as an excellent, nutritious, and healthy food during the lockdown. You can cook large batches of stew, soup, or other dishes that you like and freeze them. These can suffice your family for a few days and taste the same whenever reheated, given the fact that you are not overstocking for a long time.

Make things work out by going for healthy canned or dried food

Fresh produce is hands down the best option, but at times you won’t find what you are looking for and this is the time when you should make things work out with what you have available. You can always choose canned beans, chickpeas, sardines, salmon, and mackerel. All of these are rich in nutrients that are required by our body and make up for all the tasty food that you like. Canned tomatoes are another great alternative when fresh produce is unavailable. You can also choose dried pulses, beans, and grains like rice, couscous, lentils, and others.

Don’t go for ready-made foods

Processed foods are a big no during this lockdown especially. These ready-to-eat meals contain a high amount of fats, salts, and sugars and are extremely unhealthy for our body. Even if you have to choose, look at the label and then decide. Keeping a count of what you are putting in your body can really help you live a healthy life.

Recreate and reconsider your strategy to cooking and eating

Children can be extremely annoying when it comes to snacking and that’s why you should keep a stock of healthier alternatives such as cheese, nuts, unsweetened yoghurt, boiled eggs, and dried fruits. Fried home alternatives are good too but don’t go for processed chips. These can help you in the long run. Make sure that all of you are eating together. Ask your children to help you out in the cooking process. Make the process of cooking and eating a fun one for them. However, always keep an eye out for them when they are in the kitchen. Ask them to wash hands properly with a suitable hand wash before touching anything in kitchen.

Last but not the least, disinfecting your frequently used surfaces and counters is a must, so use a disinfectant spray whenever possible, especially after you are done setting your groceries that you have just brought from outside. Times are not exactly easy but with help and a little thinking, we can all get through this together. Eat healthy to stay healthy.

“Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, multiple times in day to stop the spread of this disease and keep yourself safe”

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