Maintaining our health is important all year around, but in the winter time it is especially important to strengthen the immune system and protect ourselves from catching a cold or flu.
Some of the foods we eat have very strong healing powers. These are called "super foods" and they are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are especially important in the winter.
Some super foods include garlic, cinnamon, honey, onion, turmeric, ginger, tomato, broccoli, leafy greens, green tea and more.
We just need to know the right combination of these foods so our daily menu can strengthen our immune system, protect the body from bacteria/viruses and shorten sickness. The recommended "winter nutrition" is tasty and healthy at the same time!
How can we make our daily menu healthy and tasty in the winter time?
Top 5 tips for winter nutrition:
Eat your veggies and fruits- Eat five to nine servings of fruits/vegetables each day (fresh or cooked).
Get to know the cruciferous family- Eat cruciferous vegetables three to four times a week (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts).
Harness the power of tomatoes (especially during winter)- Try to eat at least 10 tomatoes (cooked or fresh) each week as they are rich in three powerful antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin A, and lycopene.
Drink more hot beverages- Try to combine green tea or herbal leaf tea at least three times a day.
Add powerful seasoning to your food- Infuse your foods with cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, ginger, olive oil, cumin and more.