5 Wholefoods I Use Daily In Winter To Keep My Immune System Strong

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I am always amazed by the power of nutrients from our food. This is what led me to study nutrition in the first place. I was truly blown away when I began to understand at a deeper level how the food we eat impacts a whole host of bodily functions.

During winter, it is important to consume a nutrient rich diet that can support your immune system. It’s also natural to crave more warming and nourishing foods at this time of year.

The below list are my personal favourite winter superfoods that I am conscious of using during the colder months. They are so easy to incorporate into your everyday cooking!

Garlic
A natural antibiotic due to its anti-microbial properties. I love to add it to salad dressings, soups, stir-fries and veggie roasts. If you don’t have a garlic crusher, I highly recommend buying one, they make preparing fresh garlic so easy. Try my Fried Rice with Kale, Garlic and Chilli– yum!

 

Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice that not only adds a beautiful flavour to foods but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. I love to add a teaspoon to soups, stir-fries, scrambled eggs, turmeric lattes and cauliflower rice.

 

Greens
Full of nutrients and antioxidants that can support the immune system throughout winter. Broccoli and kale are two examples of greens rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is key when it comes to supporting immune function. Our bodies can’t make it’s own vitamin C so it’s important that we get it through our diet. Try my Broccoli, Almond & Avocado Salad from the app or my Creamy Broccoli Pasta, get the recipe here.

 

Eggs
High in protein, B-group vitamins and essential fatty acids which along with supporting immune functioning, work to keep us energised during the cooler months. Try my Gut-Loving Green Breakfast Bowl or my Mediterranean Frittata.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A true superfood! Rich is nourishing fatty acids and antioxidants which can help to reduce inflammation. When picking olive oil opt for extra virgin olive oil where possible as it means no heat has been added during processing. Extra virgin olive oil is my cooking oil of choice, it’s perfect for roasting veggies and is delicious drizzled straight onto salads.

 

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