Healthy food to eat during coronavirus closures

Healthy food to eat during coronavirus closures
Posted at 6:13 PM, Mar 17, 2020

Since many are buying food in bulk right now, health experts say it's important to stock up on foods that pack a nutritional punch.

While it is tempting to indulge on your favorite junk food, a nutritionist KATC spoke with says eating healthy is still important in the middle of this pandemic.

It's something shopper Valerie Sayers is already practicing. Tuesday morning Sayers filled her shopping cart with food that packed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more.

"I'm a health nut," Sayers said. "I bought a lot of fruit and vegetables which I will steam and freeze." That's exactly what dietitian, Dorian Driscoll says is what you need inside your home.

"Junk food will make you feel bad," Driscoll said. "You're not getting the nourishment you need for your body to protect itself. Look for fruits, vegetables and whole grains."

Driscoll says also look for canned veggies like corn, carrots, peas and green beans. Dirsicoll says choose foods that support a healthy gut. That's where a majority of your body's immune cells live. "With a probiotic you're putting that beneficial bacteria back into your gut and that can do a lot for you health wise," Driscoll said. Probiotics are bacteria that's good for you. You can find those in yogurt.

"By eating right, taking care of yourself, and getting proper rest you can help keep yourself in the best way possible," Driscoll said.

It's something Sayers say has helped her live a healthy life. "I try to take care of what God gave me. He blessed me at 85-years-old to be able to do all that I do. I try to take care of what he gave me."

Eating certain foods won't prevent you from getting coronavirus, but you want to have a strong immune system. It will make your body strong enough to fight the virus if you're exposed to it.