MANILA - The novel coronavirus doesn't spare anyone. So it is more important than ever to stay healthy during the enhanced community quarantine.
As millions of livelihoods hang in the balance, the government has been distributing relief goods to tide families over the pandemic.
Since access to food becomes a challenge, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) created recipes on how to eat healthy using the food packs.
FNRI director Mario Capanzana said Filipinos could add vegetables such as pechay and alugbati when cooking sardines and noodles.
"Kung may noodles o sardinas, maaaring samahan ng gulay na magpapasarap nito," he told radio DZMM.
To further boost the immune system, Capanzana said it was also important to consume vitamin C, which aids the body in fighting infections.
Fruits that are abundant in vitamin C are guava, ripe papaya, strawberry, rambutan, pomelo, green mango, and dalandan, among others.
"Ilang piraso nito ay maaaring mag-meet ng ating requirement ng vitamin C," Capanzana said.
When rice is not available, root crops such as sweet potatoes are excellent alternative for carbohydrates.
"Sweet potatoes and cassava are cheaper and more nutritious. They can be stored longer in the pantry... They are safe alternatives for people with hypertension and diabetes because of their high fiber content and low glycemic index," the FNRI said.
The FNRI said eggs were also great sources of protein, vitamins A, B, E, and K.
"These nutrients are essential in maintaining bodily functions and immunity," the agency said.
Legumes like munggo, kadyos, kidney beans and nuts are also good sources of protein, vitamins and minerals, the FNRI said.
"They are less perishable and can be added to a variety of dishes," the agency said.
The FNRI also urged the public to get enough sleep, exercise frequently and maintain healthy weight.