The mercury has certainly dropped and winter is well and truly upon us, we can’t control the weather but there are things we can do to help control how the weather affects us.
Today we bring you a supplied article about ways you can support your immunity and your mood this winter thanks to Cenovis and Kate Freeman.
Cenovis has grown to become one of Australia’s leading health supplement brands having looked after Australian families for over 70 years. They have over 60 products in their range, all manufactured and tested to the highest quality standards.
Kate Freeman is a highly sought after Registered Nutritionist with almost 11 years’ experience in the nutrition and health industry and is the owner of a private nutrition practice in Canberra – The Healthy Eating Hub.
Thanks Cenovis and Kate Freeman for this informative article.
WINTER WARMERS TO SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNITY AND MOOD
When the mercury drops, so too can our mood and motivation to keep up with regular fitness and healthy eating. Instead, we tend to crave carbohydrate and sugar dense foods which, despite improving our mood in the short term, can leave us feeling sluggish and may make us vulnerable to the dreaded cold and flu.
Maintaining a diet that is high in immunity supporting foods can help protect you from colds and flu as well as keep the winter blues at bay.
Cenovis spokesperson and nutritionist, Kate Freeman says that mood changes are linked with seasonal change, especially during the winter months.
“Many people often feel more sluggish when the temperature drops. Mood changes and lethargy as a result of cooler weather can result in cravings for carbohydrates,” she said.
Although the above symptoms will typically fade as the weather improves, Kate says the best way to tackle the winter blues head-on and prevent cold and flu is with regular exercise, quality sleep, and a healthy dose of immune supporting vitamins and minerals.
“In the lead up to winter, it’s important to consume a diet rich in protein, Zinc, and vitamins C, and D for a healthy immune system,” Kate said.
“Meals that are quick and easy, nutritious, and that will help to keep the family healthy are winners in my eyes.
“Just remember, the more colour the better. Add flavorsome and healthy foods like garlic, ginger, chilli, lemon juice, vinegar, wholegrain mustard, lime juice, fresh herbs, and spices to immune support any of your favourite dishes.”
Kate Freeman shares her top feel-good food tips to boost the nutrition of your favourite winter dishes:
- Add carrots, zucchini and mushrooms to your traditional bolognese recipe to satisfy the carb-cravings. Serving bolognaise with a cup of steam mixed vegetables will fill you up without the need to indulge in a large serving of pasta.
- Sauté mushrooms, baby spinach and tomatoes and add to your morning eggs on toast for a boost in Vitamin C, potassium, protein, dietary fibre, and a range of antioxidants. You could add avocado for some extra fat soluble vitamins.
- Try making your own homemade pies and add lots of delicious, healthy vegetables to your filling. Carrots, parsnips, swede, zucchini, mushrooms, capsicum, celery, sweet potato, and pumpkin are a great source of vitamin C, D, and A!
- Add shredded kale or silverbeet to your tradition chicken noodle soup recipe for some extra vitamin C