The Dietitians Association of Australia has put together a list of foods to help you prepare in the event you need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
In the event of needing to self-quarantine, it is important to have a plan. Food items to consider:
- Fruit: Fresh fruit (choose those that last longer such as apples and citrus fruits), frozen fruits, dried fruit and canned varieties.
- Vegetables: Fresh vegetables (choose those that last longer such as potatoes, onions, carrots, pumpkin and cabbage), frozen and canned vegetables.
- Cans of soup
- Protein sources: canned fish, legumes, nuts and seeds (including nut butter), long-life milk (UHT or powdered).
- Grains: rice, pasta, quinoa, couscous, rolled oats and cereals. Freeze bread and wraps.
- Long-life sauces/herbs and spices: Relying on shelf-stable foods, can increase the sodium in our diet, as salt is used to preserve foods. Having a range of herbs and spices on hand can help boost the flavour of foods without needing extra salt.
- Foods for enjoyment: In a time of isolation and uncertainty, having foods that are a source of comfort, or a reminder of daily routine, can be beneficial for your mental health. An example includes coffee.
It is also worth cooking a few extra meals, prepared and frozen in the freezer – if you were to fall ill – means you have a nutritious meal ready to go.
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