The cooler months can leave us craving warm, hearty, unhealthy meals to ease the winter chills. It can be hard to stay motivated through winter, but it’s important to maintain healthy habits to keep our immune system strong and also to control our weight.
The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have the following advice.
Although there are fewer foods in season during winter than in summer, here are some healthier food options to reach for:
Porridge for breakfast
Starting your day with a warm bowl of porridge will keep you fuller for longer and give you energy to get through your morning. Porridge is also an easy meal to make healthy by topping your bowl with nuts, seeds, fruits, or using almond milk or adding protein powder.
Fruit and veggies rich in vitamin C
Foods such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits all contain Vitamin C which plays a vital role in strengthening your immune system and fighting cold and flu.
Fish, eggs and cheese
Fish, milk, eggs and cheese are a great source of Vitamin B12. This vitamin assists the immune system in function properly and can also contribute to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue.
Foods high in zinc and iron
Zinc helps the immune system function properly and can be found in foods such as legumes and spinach, which can easily be added to many meals. Red meats, lentils and green leafy veggies are good sources of iron which also promote a healthy immune system.
Swap sugary foods for sweet veggies and fruits
Try to avoid reaching for comfort foods that contain plenty of sugar. There are lots of foods that are nutritious and comforting that can keep you warm in winter. Fruits have natural sugars which can often beat your sugar cravings. Soup is an easy and great meal that can be packed with healthy vegetables.