Winter gets a a bad wrap for being dark, cold, and causing us to hibernate. Folks have a tendency to reach for comfort foods to battle the long nights and often grey days. But winter is really a great opportunity to look at foods that help address possible seasonal needs. We tend to require a bit more vitamins and minerals that support immune health, and there are plenty of foods to use that offer a much-needed boost.
That word 'use' might sound a bit awkward, but it's handy to think of what we eat as filling a need; food is a tool we can use to feel better, fight disease, change our composition, even adjust our mood. Thinking about food this way helps us see it not as a luxury or a treat and can allow us to think of it a bit more objectively.
With that in mind, winter has a number of foods that we can use to fight of seasonal colds, flu, and bugs. We've picked just two of a number of great options; perhaps you might make it goal to use one or both in your diet over the next few weeks and month!
Potatoes. Too often, people dismiss the benefits of the humble spud as just another white starch. Unlike other white starches, however, the potato retains nearly all of its nutrient composition, and that's a great thing in winter. That's because potatoes are full of immune-boosting vitamin C and vitamin B6. A medium potato will deliver roughly a quarter of your daily needs of those vitamins! They also contain plenty of fiber, a relatively low amount of sugar, and they're a convenient, microwavable dish that you can make in just a few minutes.
Leafy greens. Growing up, we've all been told to load our plates with dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach. And there's a lot to be gained from taking in even modest amounts of these fiber-rich dishes. They're extremely rich in vitamins A, B, C and even D, all of which are relatively tough to find in winter months. Kale and chard are especially nutrient dense, but if you don't like the idea of a cold salad after a cold day, don't worry; there are are lot of ways to cook greens without losing their valuable nutrients. Toss it in with your eggs, into a taco, or add some as a blanched side to nearly any meal and you'll get all the health benefits in just a few minutes of cook time.
If you're looking to get more out of your veggies and make changes to your diet, let's get you in for a comprehensive nutrition screening. We can find what nutrients may need a bit of a push to help you feel energized and help manage your weight. Contact us today and set up the appointment that can help make some big changes in your path to wellness!