Winter is well and truly here, and today on the blog we share our favourite foods to support your immune system this winter.
What better way to improve your health and well-being this winter than to enjoy a variety of delicious and nourishing fresh fruits and vegetables that will help provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to make the most out of your day.
When I think of winter I always think of carrots as a staple food. Carrot soup, roasted carrots, carrots in a hearty vegetable pasta sauce, the list goes on. Packed with Vitamin A, antioxidants and fibre these (usually) orange gems make the perfect edition to your winter pantry.
Roasted beetroot is a great winter pleasure (or any season really - roasted beetroot does go great in a summer salad with a yummy vinegarette too!). Beetroot is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and is also another good source of fibre.
I have a confession to make. Broccoli is one of my all-time-fave foods. I have it nearly every night of the week, and I’d eat it even more if I could! This little versatile green goodie provides you with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folate and fibre, and can be used in salads, pasta dishes, stir frys, casseroles - pretty much any dish you like!
Yeah, yeah I know - eww onion breath! But I don’t think my little ones are really going to care - and they are the ones who are mostly in my company! And besides, it’s just too good not to enjoy. Onion is packed full of C and B-6, so why not add some to your pasta sauce, your vegetable lasagne or if you are a massive fan you can try an onion soup for a warm and satisfying meal.
One of my favourite sides to a winter dish, or even as a main feature, is asparagus. Asparagus is a great source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and fibre.
Whilst I’m a massive fan of sweet potatoes, I also enjoy the humble Nadine or King Edward variety of potato - both good sources of potassium, Vitamin B-6 and magnesium. In this household, we love serving ours skin-on (for added nutrients) filled with black beans, salsa and avocado for a delicious mexican feast!
Here’s to a cosy and satisfying winter!