While a healthy diet is not the cure for COVID-19, it’s still essential to stimulate your immune system with helpful, healthy foods. Here are some pantry staples that will be useful for staying home!
Peanuts contain healthy fat including mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It also contains nutrients like potassium that help maintain a healthy blood pressure, are rich in fiber, and contain heart-healthy plant phytosterols.
Plant-based milk is a good source of energy and also helps support your immune system. Nut milk especially has unique superpowers and is a good choice for boosting immunity.
Lemon ginger tea
Both lemon and ginger have anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties that help fight congestion. Ginger also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Canned or Frozen vegetables
It’s important to provide your body with necessary nutrients. Canned & frozen vegetables last much longer than fresh ones and come in handy for when you haven’t had the chance to do a grocery run.
Lentil soup is a nourishing liquid meal that fuels your body with protein, especially great for when you’re feeling under the weather.
Oatmeal or Muesli
When you’re staying home 24/7 and lacking the motivation to cook meals or complicated recipes, there’s oatmeal or muesli! Oats is high in fibre and helps keep you fuller longer.
Gluten-free snacks are anti-inflammatory yet give you the necessary energy boost that you need to get through the long days at home.
Protein bars / snacks
Keeping your protein intake high helps support your energy levels and ensure you feel satisfied for hours.
Adding at least one spice or herb per meal is the easiest way to add an abundance of antioxidants to your diet. These spices support a healthy immune system and fight inflammation: dried cloves, mint leaves, oregano, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, garlic powder, and turmeric.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is loaded with powerful plant-based antioxidants known as polyphenols and has antiviral effects against diverse viruses.