With the spread of COVID-19, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle might seem like a far-fetched idea. The Näak team wants to help you keep your spirits high during this time by providing useful nutrition and exercise tips. If you are finding yourself falling off your diet or confused as to how to prepare for the quarantine, then this blog post is for you.
As much as we all might fancy the idea of a day or two at home, the thought of two weeks straight can be quite overwhelming, especially in terms of its disruption to our daily routines. Many of us are going to be housebound for the next couple of weeks trying to get through the COVID-19 quarantine.
Therefore, trips to the grocery stores and elsewhere will likely be limited during this time, or even completely avoided. Although it may be tempting to live off of chips and snack foods during this time, it is still important to consume a nutritious diet.
1. Eat a varied and healthy diet that is abundant in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Eating a varied and healthy diet that is abundant in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain can go a long way in preserving health. Being properly prepared nutritionally comes down to having the right items on hand and knowing how to use them.
2. Choose shelf-stable and non- perishable food
So, how should we be shopping for this quarantine? It is a good idea to stock up on your home food inventory to last around two weeks. Choose shelf-stable and non- perishable food items such as canned goods, nut butters, dried pastas, rice, dried beans and legumes.
3. Stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables
Stocking up on frozen fruits and vegetables is a good idea as well; keep in mind that frozen produce can even be more nutritious than fresh ones since frozen vegetables are picked at their peak in terms of freshness and nutrients.
4. Eat healthy snacks
As well, buy items that can live outside the fridge such as apples, citrus fruits, onions, and potatoes. Healthy snack items are also essential since staying at home equates to more time for nesting activities. Thankfully, our Näak energy bars are the perfect pick-me-up snack.
Bonus: free weekly meal plan
With this shift in pantry items, you may have to start making a few modifications in your diet which is why Näak is providing seven-day meal plans geared towards our athletic community! This meal plan will be composed of foods that are not only nutritious but will also make use of non-perishable and shelf-stable food items.
All of the meals are plant-based to promote sustainability and accessibility. As well, this diet includes adequate amounts of protein to help minimize muscle loss during this period of time. If you are planning on practicing indoor exercises, post-workout snack options are provided.