Dietary Choices During a Pandemic

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During these uncertain times, many families are considering what kinds of food they’re consuming, not only to fight against the virus and boost their immune system, but also food that helps to reduce stress and have a positive impact on hormone regulation. For the vegan or the plant-based family, these considerations are readily available in the plant-based foods we already consume. Knowing which foods help boost immunity and keep sickness at bay are extremely helpful during these uncertain times.

Below is a list of the best immunity boosters and energy regulators across fruits, veggies, roots, and nuts.

Top Immunity Boosters

Citrus fruits high in Vitamin C (as well as potassium, magnesium, and other vitamins)

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Oranges
  • Limes
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi 

Immunity-Boosting Veggies

  • Red Bell Peppers actually contain three times more Vitamin C than most oranges, as well as Beta Carotene which is mostly associated with carrots. Beta Carotene helps improve your sight clarity, as well as rejuvenates your skin.
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Raw onions

Roots

  • Tumeric is a great source of curcumin and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This golden root can be used in a variety of dishes, from roasted veggies, to sprinkled on top of salads, in smoothies, and even in turmeric cashew vegan cheesecakes!
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Beets

Nuts

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds

Stress/Anxiety Reducing Foods

These are foods that contain ingredients and proteins that are known to regulate hormones, reduce stress, and cap anxiety levels. During this global pandemic, many of us are faced with unprecedented stress and fear that deeply affect our physical health and wellbeing. Physical and emotional stress can, in fact, decrease your immunity defenses and make you more susceptible to viral infections and seasonal flu. Foods and herbs that contain flavonoids are ideals- being healthy plants and fungi that help regulate your gut microbiome.

Here are some of the tastiest (and healthiest) stress reducers:

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Tumeric
  • Honey
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chamomile
  • Avocados
  • Dark Chocolate

Now that you know what foods help boost immunity and raise energy levels, you can begin to incorporate them into your diet and ensure your family is getting the healthful meals they need to be in their best form. All of these ingredients go well in salads, smoothies, baked vegetable dishes, and even vegan desserts! For some of the best vegan desserts in Los Angeles, visit Elivefood.com to order your own vegan cashew cheesecakes, dips, veggie-based buns and dairy-free dressings! 

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