La FAO en Amérique latine et aux Caraïbes

7 healthy eating tips to face the COVID19 crisis

FAO calls on everyone to strengthen their immune systems with a healthy and conscious diet that avoids food waste.

Staying healthy through a proper diet is key.

1. Strengthen your immune system through a proper diet 

Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, with at least five servings a day. They contain a lot of vitamins A and C, in addition to antioxidants, which will help you fight infections. Eat legumes at least three times a week: they keep for a long time,  are inexpensive and will help you stay healthy, because they are high in proteins and iron.

2. Don't just buy non-perishable food

Instead of buying a lot of pasta and rice, buy fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Did you buy extra fruits and vegetables? No problem: clean, cut and freeze them. You will have them ready for your next preparation.

3. Plan your purchases: buy what is necessary and fair to everyone

This is not only an act of empathy with other people who must also stock up, but it helps you avoid food waste and improve the economy of your home.

4. Don't throw away your leftovers

If you cooked too much, freeze your meals so they last longer to avoid waste, in addition to having a preparation ready for another occasion, without much effort. Remember: food must be in good condition to consume it!

5. Drink plenty of water

Drink at least two liters of water a day to stay hydrated and support your immune system.

6. Make the most of your budget

If your budget is limited, we recommend preferring water to sugary drinks. You can also replace the consumption of cookies, snacks and pastries with fresh fruits and vegetables, as they will keep you healthier and are more nourishing.

7. Cook with your kids

The confinement in which many of us find ourselves is also an opportunity to cook at home and incorporate children in this activity, so that they learn healthy eating habits from an early age.