Are you wondering what produce to pick up to protect your family from colds and flu this coming winter? Here are some of the most common health-boosting produce that you can add to your Eco-friendly produce bag as the months get chillier.
Citrus Fruits are high in vitamin C, and are good sources of folate and thiamin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals. It is also required for the synthesis of collagen, which helps wounds heal and helps hold blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone together. So eating plenty of this juicy fruit is a great way to boost your levels of the beneficial vitamin – not to mention, they're delicious! Navel oranges are plentiful during the winter months.
During the winter months, we can come into contact with viruses that can cause colds or flu. So, it’s important that our immune system functions normally and zinc contributes to this. Food such as oysters, spinach and legumes are a great source of zinc.
“Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly”. -Google
Fish, Eggs and Cheese
Salmon and cod, as well as milk, eggs and cheese, are a great source of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and also contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Poached egg is not only a delicious breakfast but it is also a great source of vitamin A, which is known to keep your digestive tract healthy, according to the Healthy Food Guide Australia. Your digestive tract can act as a barrier to illness and infection, meaning you're less likely to contract nasty winter sicknesses. Try your eggs scrambled, fried or boiled for a healthy and yummy breakfast hit.
Green tea contains bioactive compounds that improve health. It can improve brain function and make you smarter! Green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance. The antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of some types of cancer, protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of alzheimer's and parkinson's too.
Sweet root veggies and soups
Nothing beats a warm soup in a cold winter season! There are lots of winter food that are nutritious. Roasted root vegetables like sweet potatoes are delicious and sweet, or soups packed with vegetables are great for lunchtime, especially with lots of garlic or ginger.
So the next time that you go on your local grocery store, grab your Eco-friendly bag and fill them with healthy produce and prepare delicious meals for the entire family. We recommend using these types of Eco-bags.
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