The surge in Covid-19 cases has given rise to a growing community of helpful neighbours, benevolent youth and compassionate celebrities and big shots to come forward as caregivers to feed Covid-19 patients. No wonder, common people are also getting inspired and influenced to lend a helping hand by sending or offering home-cooked food, tiffin boxes and healthy meals to the needy. So, if you too are indulged and have taken that initiative to provide meals to people hit with Covid, here is what you need to know.
Characteristics of your Healthy Meal Boxes
If you wish to do your bit, there are few things you need to know that can define your meal boxes.
- Easy to digest food– Spicy and fried food might aggravate health risks in Covid patients. Such food can also increase gastric issues. So, remind yourself that it’s a cure and not a feast for them.
- Avoid packing junk food- While planning your meal kit; you should strictly refrain from processed and canned food because Covid-19 patients need critical care and precautionary measures. Presence of preservatives in food can make the overall food unhealthy.
- Probiotics and fermented food- Idli, dosa, yoghurt, buttermilk are fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria which increase the health of the gut and digestive system in patients dealing with coronavirus infection.
- Vegetables- Veggies and fruits like oranges, bottle gourd (lauki), ridge gourd (tori), tomato and cucumber with high water content and nutrients are prescribed and recommended to Covid-19 patients. Broccoli, cauliflower and spinach are also nutrient-rich veggies for patients to have and recover quickly from the disease.
- Healthy Spices- Spices like ginger, turmeric (haldi), garlic and cinnamon can be added for taste and are also considered healthy for boosting the immune system.
- Hydrating food can also be included in the meal box as they flush out toxins from the body. Aloe Vera juice, coconut water and orange juice work wonder for the digestive and immune system.
- As per nutritionists, oranges are considered to be the best among all the fruits as it is a good source of Vitamin C and other minerals that promotes overall wellness in Covid patients.
Diet Do’s and Don’ts for Covid Patients
We share some tips that can be useful while you are helping out by serving healthy meals to people suffering from Covid. Here are they:
- Don’t follow what’s suggested or forwarded on Whatsapp group or any other social media. Following them blindly can mislead you in your noble venture.
- Take advice from the doctor or an expert or a dietician if you are not sure what is to be given to Covid-19 patients.
- No single diet fits everyone. So, please be aware that Covid-19 patients might have other complications and health related issues like diabetes and high blood pressure which are needed to be considered as well.
- Try to keep the thali or your meal box totally vegetarian as far as possible. Green veggies, dal, rice and chapattis are the best options for the people who are infected.
- It should be a balanced meal with a mix of protein, vitamins, carb, fat and fibre. Khichdi with loads of veggies, curd and a bowl of salad are good to go for a perfect vegetarian thaali.
- Proper hygiene practises must be followed before you prepare and set the meal for the needy.
- Soft food or liquid diet is recommended as a lot of Covid-19 patients experience difficulty in swallowing the food. Dal (pulses) with high water content and veggies are favoured food for Covid illness.
Well, following the fad blindly for helping others is a strict no no when you are going all out to offer support. The diet during Covid-19 is very much debated like the virus itself, so the immune-enhancing diet is the best we can go for. Since, Covid-19 is still debatable and so is it’s diet; it’s better to be on the safer side with non-spicy, fresh and home-made food.