As the temperature begins to drop and the days become dark and dreary, we become tempted to fill our bellies with creamy soups, rich pasta dishes and cheesy breads. Instead of over indulging, why not satisfy your comfort food cravings with healthy foods. Foods loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help your body boost its way through the chilly winter months. Read on to discover some of our go to favourite winter warmers foods, their nutritional benefits and some soul warming recipes.

Oats

You just can’t beat a bowl of piping hot porridge on a winter’s morning! Oats are packed with nutritional benefits. They are rich in fibre which helps keep you feeling fuller for longer and helps promote a healthy digestive system. Oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre well known for supporting heart health, lowering cholesterol and also boosting immune systems which is essential this time of the year!

You can also enhance the nutritional value of your porridge bowl with the toppings you add! Why not add a sprinkle of Good4U Apple and Cinnamon Super Seeds to boost your magnesium intake to help reduce tiredness and fatigue .

Try our recipe; Good4U Apple & Cinnamon Porridge

Apple & Cinnamon Porridge

 

Green Vegetables

Bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, make sure to stock stock up on your green veggies this winter! Broccoli is packed with Vitamin C, an essential Vitamin for supporting your immune system while also promoting healthy skin. Did you know, half a cup of raw broccoli provides 70% of your Vitamin C recommended daily intake?

Vitamin K is well known for supporting bone health as it helps absorb Calcium. A deficiency in Vitamin K has been linked with a high risk of bone fractures, making it one to consider this time of year with the icy weather!

Try our recipe; Super Green Soup
Super Green Soup

 

Sweet Potato

Not only a delicious and versatile vegetable, it also has an abundance of nutritional benefits. They provide a slow release of energy, helping ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to tiredness and fatigue. Sweet Potatoes are rich in Beta-Carotene which supports the normal function of our immune system while also supporting our eye health. They also contain Vitamin D, needed for maintaining bone and teeth health. Vitamin D is essential during the winter months due to our limited sunshine.

Try our recipe; Roast Veg Lasagne
Roast Veg Lasagne

 

Ginger and Garlic

Ginger is widely used as a spice, has a sharp spicy taste and has a pleasant warming effect. It is a well known remedy for cramping, nausea and travel sickness. It’s also a great ingredient for boosting our immune systems due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Garlic, a versatile bulb that can add flavor and aroma to almost any dish! It protects the body from infections and disease while also supporting a healthy heart and reducing cholesterol. Garlic also supports healthy glowing skin by slowing down the depletion of collagen and protecting our skin from the effect of free radicals.

Try our recipe; Moroccan Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry
Moroccan Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

 

Bye for now,

Sarah-Jayne.

 

 

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