Winter is coming, you knew I was going to go there right? But it is and I’m ready for a healthy season of togetherness and magical moments with the family. These are the additions, I’m adding to my diet now to be at my best!
“Add foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits to your meals as they contain vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system and energy levels, especially important if you regularly exercise.” Says Nutritionist Sally Wisbey
Sally also recommends green leafy vegetables that contain zinc. “During the winter months, we can come into contact with viruses that can cause colds or flu. So, it’s important that our immune system functions normally and zinc contributes to this. Foods such as oysters, spinach and legumes are good sources of zinc.”
Mushrooms are a great addition to any winter diet because you are getting less vitamin D from the sun and the natural antiviral properties they posses, according to Geeta Sidhu-Robb. “Button mushrooms in particular are a great source of vitamin D, which helps to boost your immunity,” “Mushrooms are provide a range of essential nutrients like selenium which an antioxidant, as well as niacin, potassium copper and phosphorous. Additionally, mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron.”
Not a vegetable but a healthy wonderful addition to your winter diet – Blueberries. “Wild blueberries contain the most active antioxidants of any fresh fruit, all thanks to their high levels of anthocyanins,” says Geeta Sidhu-Robb. “Antioxidants help in reversing the damage left by toxins and free radicals by helping your body to defend itself against dangerous pathogens”.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”