Be a nutritarian for the healthiest winter glow
Winter is a time for snuggling up under the duvet and for eating comfort foods. It’s also the time that we associate with coughs and colds but are these an inevitable part of winter. Having a strong immune system is crucial to shaking off winter sickness and getting an early spring back in your step. Scientists believe that we can do much to immunise our body by eating nutrient-dense foods. These are foods that are high in nutritional value compared to their calorie content. Foods that have a higher ratio of nutrients than calories are considered to have more nutrient density. Leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, spinach and Swiss chard are some of those with the highest scores. Here’s how you can boost your immune system this winter with some simple nutritional changes to your diet.
How to get the maximum nutrition from your winter veggies?
As with all good nutrition, think colours of the rainbow, brightly coloured peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, berries and mushrooms. Eating vegetables trigger an antioxidant response to protect the body. Chewing raw vegetables releases the enzymes trapped in the cells which in turn create healthy boosting compounds.
The idea of crunching on raw vegetables might not be very appealing at this time of year, so how do you benefit from these amazing nutrients when the enzymes are destroyed by heat?
Here’s a great tip to give you the best of both worlds
If you’re making soups with veggies, blend and pulverise them before you actually start to cook. By preparing food this way it breaks down the cell walls to release the powerful enzymes to form health-boosting compounds before heating. As it’s the enzymes that are damaged by heat and not the compounds you are still getting the maximum benefits.
Let plants be the base for your diet with whole-grains, healthy fats and good quality protein, including fish, eggs, beans, peas, nuts, grass fed lean meat and poultry.
We know that you won’t always have the time to prepare food from scratch so our Protein Smoothie and Protein Soups are the perfect way to top up on nutrient density. Our organic pea protein is quickly absorbed by the body to give you energy and help to balance blood sugar levels. The Smoothies and Soups both have glucomannan fibre for fullness and rich antioxidants from freeze-dried fruits and vegetables to give you a quick source of nutrient-dense goodness. Check out the Rejuvenated Lifestyle page for tips on how to be your healthiest and fittest this winter.