What Food To Eat To Winter-Proof Yourself!
It might still feel a little mild outside but make no mistake, winter is most certainly on the way. And as lovely as it can be at this time of year, it’s important to make sure that you stay as fit and healthy as you can - which means eating as healthily as you can, drinking sufficient fluids and, if at all possible, avoiding over-indulging where alcohol is concerned.
Of course, it is the festive season which means that there will likely be more celebrations and events taking place than usual - so it makes sense to make improvements in other areas right now if you do know you’ll be having a few more beers than usual.
If you’re keen to make a few dietary changes to help winter-proof yourself this year, here are just a few foodie ideas to try and include when you’re making your weekly meal plans. You could make it even easier for yourself by signing up for a lunch subscription to be sent to your London office - taking all the hard work out for you.
This is a great option for breakfast no matter what time of year but warm porridge in the morning during the winter is certainly not to be sneezed at! Mix a bowl up in the morning and top it with Greek yoghurt, sprinkle it with nuts and seeds, go for some fresh fruit, drizzle some honey over it… the options really are endless!
If you know you’re going to be short on time, whizz up a smoothie the night before your big day, mixing together two handfuls of oats, a handful of spinach, a frozen banana, a cup of oat milk, a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a pinch of salt. Away you go.
Increasing your intake of vitamin C is always wise during the winter, as it really helps to give your immune system a boost at a time when you’re more likely to be inflicted by the sniffles in any case.
Luckily, there are all sorts of different sources of vitamin C to be found so you can have lots of fun doing some research and devising new favourite recipes with lots of different ingredients.
But one of the quickest and perhaps best ways of increasing your intake of vitamin C is to have a kiwi first thing in the morning as you’re getting ready for work. Kiwis are famed for their high vitamin C content and they’re even better in this regard than oranges, so definitely something to include in your diet if you don’t eat them already.
They’re also a source of vitamin E, which is really good for your immune system, as well as potassium, calcium and folic acid, so you can enjoy healthy bones and teeth, better heart health and healthy red blood cells into the bargain as well.
Something else that’s really good for you! Spinach is very easy to work into your diet and goes well in all kinds of dishes, so you won’t have much trouble adding it in each day.
It’s an excellent source of zinc, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. It helps support our cells’ response to infections and can also help control inflammation - but our bodies can’t make it naturally, so we need to find it in food.
Red meat is a good source of zinc, as are oysters - and with Christmas just around the corner, what better festive food to serve up friends and family than a beautiful platter of shellfish?
Legumes, meanwhile, are perfect for non-meat eaters so stock the cupboards full of beans, lentils and chickpeas. These are really easy to include in your diet and you can just chuck handfuls into salads, stews and soups - and they’re a great source of both fibre and protein, so can help you hit your gym goals as well.
Healthy recipes to dish up this winter
We know how busy you all are at this time of year and you may not have the hours in the day to look up some new recipes - so here’s a lovely healthy recipe to help you get started in the kitchen. Enjoy!
Cauliflower & chorizo soup
Really smash your vegetable target with a delicious soup that features cauliflower (roasted under the grill first for a lovely smoky flavour), as well as butter beans, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, onion, thyme… or anything in the fridge that needs eating up.
Fry up your onions and garlic gently, then chuck spices in like cumin and smoked paprika, before adding the tomatoes and some stock, and bringing to the boil. Fry the chorizo up so it’s crispy around the edges and after the soup has simmered for ten minutes or so, add the meat to the pan, followed by the cauliflower and season to taste.
Baked feta with chickpeas and kale
For something a little different on your mid-week meal dinner table, take a look at this Love and Lemons recipe. You’ll need tomato sauce, kale, chickpeas, cumin seeds and lemons, and it should only take about 20 minutes for it all to come together.
In other words, it’s absolutely perfect for busy folk who like to eat healthily but who don’t necessarily have the time to make delicious food that’s good for them each and every night.
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