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Winter food that will keep you healthy

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on May 27, 2016

Winter food that will keep you healthy

Winter makes me a much more antisocial person, for one reason: the common cold. When coworkers and family are sick, I stay well away in the hopes that this year, I won’t end up stuck in bed for days. But you can’t hide away for all of winter, and that’s where we can give our bodies a bit of a helping hand to try to stay at their best in the cold season.

These fantastic ingredients don’t just taste great, they’re all high in vitamins and antioxidants that the body needs to help fight off those nasty winter sniffles. Better still, most of them are in season in the winter months so you’ll be getting them at their best!

Citrus: You all know this one. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and mandarins are packed with Vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system strong. But before you reach for the orange juice, think again – fruit juices often have sugar added to them, and less fibre than the whole fruit.

Dark leafy greens: This mysterious-sounding category of vegetables includes kale and chard, which are in season in the winter. They’re high in Vitamin A, which is another key vitamin in immune system functioning, and good for your eyesight as well! They’re also high in Vitamins C and K.

Pumpkin: Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A and fibre, and has the added bonus of being good in pretty much everything, from soup to pasta to dessert!

Carrots: Another super-versatile vegie, carrots are high in beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. You could make a pumpkin and carrot soup and really get your Vitamin A levels up!

Garlic: If you’re really dedicated to the whole not-getting-sick thing, a few cloves of raw garlic a day can help fight off a cold, as well as keeping vampires well away.

Beetroot: Beets are at their best in winter, and these guys are just little powerhouses of antioxidants. Keep the green tops too, because they’ve got great levels of vitamin C, calcium and iron. (Beetroot are also great in cakes – they give a chocolate cake a really moist, deep flavour).

Salmon: Salmon is one of the few ways we can get Vitamin D through what we eat. We usually make this vitamin in our bodies from sunlight, but during the winter it can be a bit harder to get the rays you need. Vitamin D is important to help us regulate our body’s intake of calcium, as well as for keeping our bones and teeth in tip-top shape.

Bonus round: water. Keeping yourself hydrated is important all year round, but it’s sometimes harder to remember to drink water in the cooler weather. Make sure you’re still drinking plenty of water throughout the day!

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