Winter is not only accompanied by the drop in temperatures, but also in healthy eating. However, certain foods can help keep the colds and flu at bay. Here are 10 fruit and vegetables to boost your health during winter.
By: Rachael Layzell
1.Pomegranate keeps your heart healthy. This fruit is rich in antioxidants, and helps improve blood flow. It also makes for a tasty juice when blended.
2. Dark leafy greens, such as cabbage and spinach, are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. They help with eyesight, nutrient enhancement and blood clotting. These vegetables also thrive in the cold weather.
3. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit, add zest to the imminent cold. They are packed with vitamin C – one orange can give you up to 100% of your average intake.
4. Potatoes are the best immunity boosters, as they contain vitamins C and B6, which help with metabolism. They also keep you healthy and help with weight loss.
5. Butternuts are rich in vitamins A and C, and can be served in a variety of ways – as a side vegetable or soup.
6. Eggs are healthy and rich in protein.
7. Lentils contain numerous vitamins, and can help lower cholesterol levels. A great dish to make with this vegetable would be a lentil curry.
8. Avocados are nutritious, and loaded with many health benefits. Not only do they taste good, but can also add to meals in many forms, such as in salads or on toasted bread for breakfast.
9. Oatmeal is a healthy way to start your day, and contains calcium and potassium, which help to reduce blood pressure. Because it is bland on its own, you can throw in fruit, such as bananas or berries, for added flavour.
10. Vegetable soup is a good way to combine some of the above into a delicious blend of flavours and vitamins. Not only is it tasty and good for your health, it also keeps you content and warm.