Continuing the Fight Against COVID-19: Foods You Need to Eat After Vaccination

 

About half of the United States population has been vaccinated, and President Joe Biden is still urging the rest of America to get their jabs. The long-awaited vaccines are now circulating, and yet, there are still individuals who are afraid of the side effects. As a responsible citizen, set an appointment right away at your nearest vaccine clinic and take advantage of the free COVID-19 vaccines. But in case you are done with your vaccine appointment, know that you still need to follow health protocols and take good care of yourself to stay healthy.

To strengthen your well-being, you always have to be physically active and mindful of the foods you consume. Just because you are fully vaccinated doesn’t mean you are done fighting COVID-19. Remember that there are people who are still getting infected by the virus even after the second dose.

Not everything is about modern medicine either. A big part of staying healthy is also living a healthy lifestyle. Keep on reading and consume the foods that will keep you healthy whether you’ve gotten your vaccine or not.

Foods That Keep You Stronger Even After You Get Vaccinated

Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac are the most-circulated vaccines around the globe. Although the majority won’t experience any worrying side effects, there are a few who experience mild symptoms after getting vaccinated. Fever, headaches, and body pain are the common side effects of these vaccines. Don't panic when you feel these things because it means that the vaccine is working. However, if the side effects, like a fever, don’t ease up after a couple of days then we urge you to consult a medical professional immediately.

After getting vaccinated, it is essential for you to follow CDC guidelines like staying hydrated and avoiding alcohol and smoking. The vaccine is more effective if you stay fit and healthy. Aside from exercising and working out, you have to be more mindful with your meal plan to strengthen your immune system.

Here are the nutritious foods you should incorporate into your daily meal plan.

 

  • Fish Rich in Omega-3

Fish is a good substitute for chicken, beef, and pork. However, if you want to get the best out of your fish, ensure that they are wild-caught and not farmed. Tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids—nutrients and energy sources that help build and maintain a healthy body.

  • Green and Leafy Vegetables

Fill your plate with green and leafy vegetables after getting vaccinated, and let the various nutrients do wonders for your system. However, you have to be careful with your vegetable selection because some can do harm to your immune system with overconsumption. 

The best move you can make is to stick with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, cabbage and cauliflower. Cruciferous vegetables are good sources of fiber, phytochemicals, and other nutrients essential for good health.

  • Onions and Garlic

Your favorite dishes won't be as delicious without the aid of garlic and onions. Luckily for you, dieticians strongly recommend consuming foods with lots of garlic and onions because they are natural prebiotics that strengthen good bacteria in the gut. They are also rich in vitamin C and selenium that can boost the immune system. So if you love garlic and onions, you should add even more to your rice and favorite main courses!

  • Tomatoes

Are you a pasta lover? Then you should be consuming lots of tomato-based sauces. Tomatoes are known to be packed with nutrients like vitamin C, lycopene, and potassium. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant better absorbed by the body when partnered with a source of healthy fat like olive oil, so drizzle that generously on your pasta!

  • Mushrooms

All the B vitamins, together with copper, phenols, selenium, and antioxidants, are the nutrients mushrooms offer. Some mushrooms, like Lion's Mane mushrooms, are popularly used in Asian cuisines and believed to help reduce obesity-related inflammation.

  • Fresh Fruits

Fruits are very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and synthetic compounds. Consume your favorite fruits and fortify your immune system. Blueberries, grapes, apples, and bananas are just a few that you can eat daily.

  • Bone Broth

Though it takes time before you enjoy a bowl of hot and healthy bone broth, this health tonic is worth the wait because of its health benefits. Make sure that you use animal bones, especially with marrow, and add vegetables and spices of your choice. 

The bones provide a large amount of collagen that fixes and strengthens the gut lining. You can also enjoy a supply of amino acids that fights inflammation. Try to prepare chicken or beef broth soup and enjoy it while it's hot.

  • Green Tea and Turmeric

Green tea has antioxidants, and it can protect your cells from damage caused by inflammation. You can use natural green tea leaves or the green tea bags that are readily available in your favorite stores.

Turmeric is yellow in color because of the presence of curcumin that is good for your health; it can treat certain conditions such as aggravation. Drinking turmeric tea protects the brain from stress, and you can consume it with milk for a tastier treat.

  • Dark Chocolates

Cheer up! Aside from fruits, you can also enjoy dark chocolates for dessert or as an energy booster. Dark chocolates are full of essential supplements that can light up your mood and a whole wealth of antioxidants, making them a perfect companion after getting vaccinated.

Bonus Recipes for You

Your primary care is to strengthen your body, and by doing so, you are also protecting the people around you. To continue your fight against the coronavirus even after your vaccination, enjoy the following healthy recipes that you can share with your loved ones.

 Rejuvenate Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl With Karviva’s Rejuvenate

Rejuvenate Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl With Karviva’s Rejuvenate

You deserve to enjoy a bowl packed with vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. The Rejuvenate Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl will keep your immune system strong, helping prevent the coronavirus even after you get vaccinated.

Ingredients:

For Buddha Bowl

  • 16-ounce firm or super firm pre-pressed tofu
  • 12- to 16-ounce bag of broccoli, fresh or frozen (1 bag)
  • 12- to 16-ounce bag of butternut squash, fresh or frozen (1 bag)
  • 12- to 16-ounce bag of brussel sprouts, fresh or frozen (1 bag)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For Marinate

  • ½ cup Karviva’s Rejuvenate Whole Plant Juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

For Stir Fry Sauce

  • ¼ cup Karviva’s Rejuvenate Whole Plant Juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon organic cane sugar

Cooking Time:

  1. Remove the tofu from the package and slice it in half vertically making the block thinner. Take sliced pieces and cut them in half so now you have 4 blocks. Place the 4 tofu blocks between two thick paper towels folded into the shape of the tofu. Then place something heavy on top like a heavy skillet with weights. Press for one hour, minimum. After the first 30 minutes, change the paper towels and continue pressing for the remainder of the hour. You can also do this using a tofu press. You can skip this step if you have pre-pressed tofu.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and cut your tofu into small cubes. Start making the marinate by mixing Karviva’s Rejuvenate Whole Plant Juice, liquid aminos, ground ginger, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl. Mix well until combined.
  3. Add tofu chunks to your marinade, toss, and cover, letting it sit in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. Once the tofu is done marinating, grab a large sheet pan and line it with parchment paper. Arrange the tofu cubes on the pan along with frozen or fresh butternut squash, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Drizzle oil, salt, and pepper on your veggies, coating them evenly and add to the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Take note, you may use two pans if necessary.
  4. Begin to make your stir fry sauce. In a separate bowl, add Karviva’s Rejuvenate Whole Plant Juice, liquid aminos, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar, tapioca starch or cornstarch, sesame oil, and organic cane sugar. Mix well until combined. Grab a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add baked tofu chucks and stir fry sauce to the pan and cook for 2 minutes until the sauce thickens up. Remove from heat.
  5. Begin to assemble your bowl, adding butternut squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and tofu. Garnish with sesame seeds and/or parsley and serve. This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days but it does not freeze well.

Citrus + Berry Tahini Dressing With Karviva’s Bold Berry Lemonade

Citrus + Berry Tahini Dressing With Karviva’s Bold Berry Lemonade

This Bold Berry Lemonade is a perfect partner for the Rejuvenate Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl. Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but you get to enjoy a treat jam packed with nutrients and vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce KARVIVA’S Bold Berry Lemonade
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon brown sugar

Mixing Time:

In a medium-sized bowl, add tahini, brown sugar, and salt, and whisk until combined. Add in KARVIVA’S Bold Berry Lemonade, lime, and oil and whisk again until smooth.

Eat Healthy and Fight the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is still haunting the world today, even with the rollout of the vaccines. Despite their efficacy, you should protect yourself further by fortifying your immune system. With proper exercise and the right diet, you can help your system achieve the necessary protection to fight the coronavirus, even after you’ve received both doses of the vaccine.