Here are easy, affordable, and healthy eating tips during COVID-19.

Iran Press/Europe: According to UNICEF, The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is upending life for families around the world. Many are finding themselves stuck at home for most of the day juggling childcare, full-time work, and other competing responsibilities.

Here are five ways to help you have a nutritious diet.

1. Keep up fruit and vegetable intake

Purchasing, storing, and cooking fresh vegetables can be challenging in a lockdown, especially when advised to limit trips outside of the home. But wherever possible, it’s important to ensure still getting plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet.

2. Swap in healthy dried or canned alternatives when fresh produce is not available

Fresh produce is almost always the best option, but when it is not available there are plenty of healthy alternatives that are easy to store and prepare. Canned beans and chickpeas, which provide an abundance of nutrients, can be stored for months or even years and can be included in meals in many ways. 

3. Build up a stock of healthy snacks

Children often need to eat a snack or two during the day. Rather than giving kids sweets or salty snacks, opt for healthier options like nuts, cheese, yogurt (preferably unsweetened), chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, or other locally available healthy options. 

4. Limit highly processed foods 

While using fresh produce may not always be possible, try to limit the amount of highly processed foods in your shopping basket. Ready-to-eat meals, packaged snacks, and desserts are often high in saturated fat, sugars, and salt. 

5. Make cooking and eating fun and meaningful part of your family routine

Cooking and eating together is a great way to create healthy routines, strengthen family bonds and have fun.

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