What to do when you're facing two weeks at home
Coronavirus - it seems like we can’t turn on the TV, fire up our news apps, or listen to the radio without hearing about it! While it may not be something we want to think about, we wanted to give you some food/nutrition and preparation tips on protecting yourself against the virus (beyond the common sense wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and avoid contact with sick people). The food we eat helps determine the strength of our immune systems, and some foods are better than others at giving us an extra boost!
Eat Immune Boosting Foods
Although no single food can prevent illness, eating a variety of foods that are known to support your immune system can help you stay healthy. Now might be a good time to try out that grocery delivery to avoid exposure to high traffic locations like supermarkets. If you’re trying to pump up your immune system, it’s a good idea to include the following foods on your shopping list:
- Foods high in Vitamin C, including citrus fruits, kiwis, and red bell peppers.
- Broccoli. It’s one the most nutrient-dense veggies!
- Garlic, which contains an immune-boosting compound called allicin.
- Ginger and turmeric - they help decrease inflammation.
- Spinach, because it’s full of vitamins and antioxidants.
- Yogurt for probiotics - the good gut bacteria that are vital to gut health.
- Green tea or matcha: another antioxidant powerhouse.
- Chicken soup. Good for the soul. But also, good for B vitamins and protein.
Now, If you do find yourself spending more time at home, we’ve got a Pantry Staples Shopping List to use for tasty meals at home, as well as fun activities to keep you busy!
Stock Your Pantry
Prepare your pantry juuuuuuuust in case a quarantine goes into effect. And if it doesn’t, you’re all set on your healthy pantry staples! A good rule of thumb is to get food and supplies for 30 days, but not more than that. Remember, your entire community will be shopping for supplies too, and we want there to be enough to go around for everyone! Here is a list of mostly shelf-stable essentials you can use for meals at home:
- Canned beans
- Canned soup
- Nuts and seeds, nut butter
- Rice, quinoa, oats
- Tuna and salmon
- Frozen fruits and veggies
- Shelf-stable almond and coconut milk
- Swerve Bake Mixes
- Prescription medications and supplements
- Bottled water
- Wine, because things could get stressful!
Bonus Tip: Activities!
To be frank, we might be more terrified of the quarantine boredom than Coronavirus! If you do find yourself cooped up at home, try to stay busy and positive! Take it as an opportunity to relax and give yourself a little self-care. Here are some ideas:
- Complete a puzzle
- Start a scrapbook
- Enjoy a bubble bath
- Read lots of good books
- Watch your favorite Netflix shows and movies
- Research recipes to try
- Make a spring bucket list
- Call a friend and catch up
With a little planning and forethought, you can put yourself in the best position to protect against what’s out there and, if you do find yourself at home hunkering down, filling your pantry with healthy staples and staying busy at home will help pass the time productively. Stay healthy out there!