Combat COVID-19 with good nutrition
By 1st Lt. Kelly Caponigro, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 25, 2020
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Mississippi --
Make nutrition a priority by eating healthy nutrient-rich foods to help support your immune system.
Start by making a meal plan and grocery list, this will help to only purchase the items you actually need and allow for those items to last longer. Keep food on hand for about 2 weeks, there is no need to buy everything at the grocery store, be considerate of others also in need.
Fresh, canned, or frozen foods can all be used to make healthy meals. Remember that fresh food can be frozen, such as meats and breads. Before you toss any fresh fruit or vegetables put them in the freezer and use them to make healthy smoothies.
Pantry & freezer staples
Canned tuna or chicken
Peanut or almond butter
Shelf-stable milk or powdered milk
Canned, no sugar added, fruit or applesauce
Canned, no salt added, vegetables
Frozen fruits and vegetables
Ensure all fresh foods items are washed before eating. Keep all home surfaces, cutting boards, and utensils clean by washing with hot soapy water.
Staying Active Inside
If you are home for an extended period of time, set a schedule for the day and practice mindful eating by making a meal & snack plan, keep organized in both your work, eating, and living spaces.
Find positive ways to focus your time and energy in stressful times! Check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more science-based information to support good nutrition at https://www.eatright.org/coronavirus or https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/smart-shopping/getting-groceries-during-quarantine