When you’re thinking about winter and food, some of things that come to mind are those yummy comforting slow roasted meats and veg in a thick gravy. Delicious I hear you say and I completely agree. But, if you’ve been struck down with a cold or flu this season, you may like to consider adding some “superfoods” to your weekly menu to bolster your immune system and make you feel better.
There’s no official scientific definition of a superfood, but it’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals.
They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease. Heres a few examples:
Black Garlic – The black bulb is created by fermenting raw garlic through prolonged exposure to heat and humidity, giving it a sweet, mellow flavour and an inky hue. A great source of probiotics and aid to the immune system.
Tumeric – Studies show that turmeric may help reduce the severity of bacterial and viral infections. It is also thought to aid in assisting digestion and weight loss.
Ginger – Many healing properties like easing of headaches, sore throats or assist if you have a cold or flu. Fresh ginger can even aid in asthma, coughs, colic, heart palpitations, swellings, loss of appetite and rheumatism.
Kale – I’m kind of on the fence with this one, however it is low in calories, high in fibre and fat free. Kale is high in iron, vitamin A & K, filled with antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties.
Beetroot – Very low in calories and contain zero cholesterol. Its nutrition benefits come particularly from fibre, vitamins, minerals, and unique plant derived anti- oxidants.