The harsher the climatic conditions become, the more resources the body needs to cope. Give your body foods to boost energy, strengthen immunity, but also to make you happy. Here are 10 foods that will help you better protect yourself from the harshness of the season and stay in better shape despite the cold.
Prepared in soups, soups or eaten raw, vegetables can be cooked in different ways. Feel free to add green cabbage, turnip, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, watercress, spinach or bell pepper to your menu. You can also decorate your dishes with parsley, celery, radishes, leeks, carrots or beets for a note of red or orange color.
Fruits are recommended in all seasons, but when it’s cold, choose those that are rich in vitamin C. These are mainly guava, blackcurrant, orange, lemon, grapefruit and kiwi. In winter, citrus fruits are the most abundant, so you have to make the most of them, even if their vitamin C content remains lower than acerola or guava. Also consider avocado, this fruit contains unsaturated fatty acid, vitamin C, zinc and other vitamins and minerals that will keep you healthy during the winter.
Ginger is a real ally to warm the body. Prepare a ginger tea or add a little to your dishes to enjoy all its benefits. Thanks to its magnesium and zinc content, this rhizome helps to effectively fight colds and colds. It also participates in the improvement of digestion.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It acts on a large number of pathologies while strengthening immunity. The ideal is to eat it raw, but you can also prepare a garlic soup or incorporate it into your meat or vegetable dishes.
Chicken soup is a must on your winter menu. In case of cough, flu, cold or cold, it helps the body to resist better. In addition to vegetables, you can add fresh ginger for better effectiveness. This soup helps loosen mucus and decongest the nose.
Thyme, bay leaf, rosemary or mint are all plants that you can use to flavor your dishes. These aromatic herbs will bring a soft warmth and a delicate fragrance to your preparations while stimulating digestion.
Cocoa is a food particularly rich in zinc and magnesium. You can drink hot chocolate or take a few squares of dark chocolate a day to relieve stress and fight against low energy.
8. Oily fish and seafood
Thanks to their high content of essential fatty acids, fish such as salmon, mackerel or sardines are to be consumed more during the winter. They stimulate the production of antibodies and are great providers of vitamin D. As for seafood, they are tasty, but above all rich in magnesium.
To sprinkle in salads or in grilled dishes, seeds such as pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or sesame seeds provide an important contribution in zinc. To facilitate digestion, you can add mustard seeds to the seasoning of your salads or why not to your sauerkraut dish.
Drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day will do you good in the cold season. This drink warms up while stimulating the natural defences. Rich in antioxidants, it helps the body neutralize free radicals and stay healthier. In case of severe fatigue, prepare green tea, add a little lemon and ginger and sweeten the preparation with a little honey.