Keeping healthy during the winter season can be quite the challenge. Sometimes it seems easier just to stay in bed and hibernate ready for spring. Winter is the time of year that colds and flu virus are making their rounds. In the winter it can be difficult to get enough physical activity to keep us healthy depending on where you live, but there are still other things that we can do to keep us healthy in the winter season. One of these are consume more immune boosting Superfoods! Check out some of my simple favorites below!
Pomegranates have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Consumption of pomegranate or natural pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure and it can help protect you from osteoporosis and cancer. They are also high in ascorbic acid and are great for boosting your immune system during the winter season.
Hard Boiled Eggs
This is an easy to prepare snack/meal during the winter and eggs are so great for you! They are packed with nutrients such as Vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, Folate, Phosphorus and Selenium. They also contain choline which is an important nutrient used in building cell membranes. Eggs are also high in protein which makes them a filling addition to salads or a great snack on their own.
Eating yogurt is a great option to help give your immune system a boost. It is loaded with probiotics that aid in keeping your digestive system healthy. However the quality of yogurt matters. Make sure you are buying organic, plain, full fat yogurt and avoid added sugar, flavors or artificial sweeteners! Top it off with fresh berries or pomegranates for an immune boosting snack.
Just three cloves of garlic is enough to flavor your favorite dishes and enough to give you Vitamin C, B6 and Manganese for the day. Garlic has antioxidants that can fight off the free radicals that damage your body’s cells, especially your skin and they are one of my go to immune boosting foods. Can’t get enough garlic into your foods, try a supplement to help you through the winter months.
Kale, swiss chard, collard greens – these are good sources of folate, antioxidants and iron. Prepare a healthy green salad as a side dish to your meal to help fill you up. Or better yet, have a large salad for dinner. This would do wonders for your immune system as salads are loaded with Vitamins A, K and C. Go for a healthy dressings such as lemon juice, olive oil or balsamic vinegar. Salads can also keep your eyes and skin healthy.
This delicious fruit is one amazing superfood. Apples have flavonoids, mostly present in the skin that helps destroy cancer cells. It contains Vitamin C that is beneficial for the skin considering that the cold winter air can affect your skin health and dry out the skin. Apples also contain antioxidants and are great as a snack. Try adding a little almond butter to some apply slices for a satiating snack!
Almonds are packed with Vitamin E, zinc, calcium and magnesium. They can also lower cholesterol levels, lower your risk of cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Almonds are a good snack option to give your body the extra boost to your immune system during the winter months.
Just because you may be spending more time inside and less time exercising in the winter doesn’t mean that you can’t be healthy. Try incorporating the superfoods above into your diet and removing packaged foods, sodas, alcohol, and sugar!
What superfoods do you load up on in the winter? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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