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Tips for nutrition during the corona crisis
In times of social isolation and quarantine at home, many people have changed their diet. Restaurants have closed, many people who have been served in canteens are now working in the home office, schoolchildren who got lunch at school are now at home. This poses new challenges for daily nutrition. A nutritionist gives tips.
Debra Silverman is a dietician at the renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA. In a recently published article, the nutrition expert gives tips for good nutrition in the corona crisis - especially if you are not allowed to leave the house for 14 days.
First make a list
First of all, says Silverman, you should make a list of what things are needed. "Now is the time to check the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and make a list of what you need," explains the dietitian.
Think about the family and a new routine
"Perhaps you now have children eating lunch at home, so you may want to have additional foods that you can use to make sandwiches, for example," said Silverman. Flour and sugar for baking projects with the children can also provide variety in the domestic isolation.
Consider durable options
In addition to dairy and fresh products, one should not forget durable alternatives and frozen products. "For example, you can also buy pre-packaged protein," advises Silverman. This would give a much longer period of time to use. The same counts for stable goods such as long-life milk, frozen or canned fruit and vegetables.
Silverman recalls that certain foods can also be kept in the freezer. "If you find ripe berries in the store, you can freeze them for later use," says the nutritionist. Bananas were also easy to freeze and later used for high-protein smoothies. Freezer bags should also be on the shopping list. Beef and chicken can be kept in the freezer for about four months. According to Silverman, fish, cheese and bread can also be frozen well.
Before freezing, make sure the place where you are preparing to freeze is well cleaned to avoid contamination in the food.
Avoid buying hamsters
"The most important thing," says Silverman, "is that you don't buy too much and keep your routine. Limit yourself to things that you usually use and that you know you can use up within two weeks. ”(Vb)
Read also: These foods should be in the house.
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek