Winter Warming Foods
PREGNANT IN WINTER? JUST GIVEN BIRTH? TRY THESE HEALTHY WARMING FOODS
In winter it’s easy to turn to heavy comfort foods such as pasta bakes or pizza that sometimes aren’t ideal for warding off winter ills. Try including some of these foods in your diet instead, to help support your immune system.
We all know vitamin C is important for our immune systems, but it is easy to forget that we cannot store it in our bodies and must consume it daily for it to be effective. Some vitamin C rich foods include: Guavas, capsicums, kiwifruit, parsley and brassicas such as broccoli, kale and cauliflower.
It’s important to eat enough healthy fat especially Omega 3s, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Getting the right amount keeps our immune systems firing and because fat is so energy dense it can even help keep us warm. Great healthy fats are avocados, fish, olive oil, nuts and nut butters.
These foods, according to Chinese medicine, can bosot our internal body temperature and improve circulation, making them perfect in winter meals. Spices such as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, as well as many vegetables like pumpkin, leeks and parsnips are all regarded as ‘warming’ so pop them into your next casserole!
Soups make for a perfect winter dish; not only are they incredibly comforting on a cold day but they are easy to digest and you can cram them full of seasonal vegetables and nutrients to keep your immune system strong. Make extra and freeze batches of soup for easy pick-me-up meals for those times when the last thing you want to do is cook.
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