Eating healthy may not be the first thing you are thinking about while trying to stay safe. You may be thinking more about where to buy disinfectant wipes. However, your diet should be the priority, maintaining a diet that is rich in nutrients will keep you healthy and full of energy.
- Meal planning is the first step. Begin by planning your dinners for 3-5 nights. Include a salad and at least one cooked vegetable for every dinner. Vegetables are naturally low in fat and high in fiber. They are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. Stock up on frozen vegetables as well as fresh selections.
- Eat Raw carrots. Carrots provide A crunchy, sweet snack and are great for dipping into dips like hummus and guacamole. Carrotsare an excellent source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a number of health They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
- Buy plenty of dried beans. Dried beans provide an excellent, fat free source of protein. They are easy to make. Just boil in a pot with water. Cover the pot and cook for one hour. Check the beans and add more water if necessary. Boil for another 10-15 minutes if needed. They last a long time in the package so you will have them as “back-up” food in case the market runs low on other sources of protein like frozen meats. Eat a variety of beans. Chickpeas, pinto beans and black beans are a great source of dietary fiber and B vitamins. Add them to a lettuce and tomato salad or make a mixed bean salad. See recipe in the book, “The Gluten-Free Edge”.
- Eat fresh fruit often. Eating a variety of fruit is important every day. Most fresh fruit, including apples, berries and grapes, will last longer if kept in their original packaging and stored in the crisper of your fridge. Berries can last in the fridge for about a week. Apples and pears last longer than any other tree fruits.
- Choose healthy snacks. Stock up on healthy snacks that stay fresh for a long time. These include; unsalted, raw nuts and seeds.Nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein. Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat. Nuts also pack a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.