We are truly in the depths of winter, and one of the worst cold and flu seasons yet. Don’t despair, give your immune system a boost with our guide to the top 8 winter superfoods that will help get you through.
And the best news is that each one of these superfoods is totally delicious and can be added to hearty stews, soul-warming soups, toasty roasts and so much more.
Top 8 winter superfoods
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the best nutrients when it comes to a healthy functioning immune system. Bye-bye colds!
Let’s face it, food just taste better with garlic, but as well as improving flavour, garlic is also extremely good at helping your body fight off nasty germs. So be sure to add it liberally.
Fennel is extremely high in vitamin C and in the immune system-boosting phytonutrient, anethole. Cook fennel or eat it raw.
Oily fish, like salmon, are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids which help to maintain a healthy heart. Salmon is also rich in vitamin D, which most of us lack during the winter months. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and immunity.
Let’s face it, eggs are seriously egg-cellent! They can be eaten all-year round and for breakfast, lunch or dinner and during winter are fantastic at boosting your immune system. Eggs are a great source of protein, contain vitamin B, vitamin A , vitamin D and zinc.
This gorgeous purple veg is packed with beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants which can protect the immune system.
How could you say no to sweet potato? It’s extremely versatile and delicious plus it’s rich in vitamin A, which gives your immune systems a fantastic boost.
Ginger is seriously a powerhouse root veggie packed with medicinal qualities such as antimicrobial properties and anti-nausea benefits. Add fresh ginger to your stir-fry for extra zing or try a small bit of ginger in a fresh juice.
Superfood recipes to try
Mexican filled sweet potatoes
Sweet potato, spinach and feta muffins
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