Everyone has heard of ‘superfoods’ and the advantages that they can have on your health and wellbeing.
We live in an age where most varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables are available all year round, but the key to getting the most from your fresh produce is eating it in season.
At this time of year, earthy winter vegetables are packed full of goodness and can help boost your energy and your immunity. Take the humble carrot for example, best known for helping to improve eyesight (one serving provides 210% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin A). Carrots contain an abundance of vitamins which make them a rightful member of the superfood family and research suggests that eating them regularly can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes, as well as promoting healthy bowels. They’re really tasty too, so whether you add them to a winter stew or simply eat them raw as a snack, you’ll certainly reap the benefits.
Root vegetables such as parsnips and beetroot should also make up an essential part of your winter diet. As they are grown in soil, they are full of minerals such as phytochemicals and antioxidants which are great for protecting the immune system. The Brussel sprout is also another winter vegetable which can help to keep you healthy. They may be small but research has shown that they have cancer-fighting properties and plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling good and fighting fit.
Another winter superfood brimming with goodness is the pomegranate. A great source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, pomegranates can be eaten in a variety of ways. Delicious as a yogurt topping or on cereal, their juice can also be reduced down and used as a glaze over meat. Whilst you’re at it, take advantage of any citrus fruit as they’re the juiciest at this time of year and therefore jam-packed with Vitamin C.
With all of these delicious fruits and vegetables in season, there really is no excuse not to grab a seasonal superfood and reap all their healthy and delicious benefits!