As the days become shorter and the air becomes colder, we all start to feel the winter blues sooner or later. Although a number of beloved fruit and veggies are not in season right now, there are still a number of delicious food options out there to supercharge our health and fight off those pesky winter colds! I have compiled a list of five healthy superfoods that are all organically available (fresh or frozen) at Sunripe here in London.
Greek Yogurt: More powerful than regular yogurt, Greek Yogurt is packed full of immune-boosting bacteria and contains twice the protein. This is a perfect morning meal since it keeps you feeling full until lunch, while also giving you the energy you need to start your day. Here’s a tip, try sprinkling frozen blueberries and crushed almonds on top your yogurt to give it some added flavour!
Avocados: This deliciously smooth food contains heart-protective compounds, such as soluble fiber, vitamin E, folate, and potassium, as well as number of other key nutrients. Fortunately, avocados are readily available this time of year and can be incorporated into a number of dishes. Since avocados are high in calories, it is best to use them in place of another high-fat food or condiment, such as cheese or mayo.
Sweet Potatoes: This mighty root vegetable is one of the best ways to get vitamin A, which is an an essential nutrient that protects and maintains eyes, skin and the linings of our respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. And the best part is, this hearty superfood tastes delicious no matter how you cook it!
Salmon: Not only is salmon a light and refreshing meal, it is also a rich source of both vitamin D and omega-3. These essential fatty acids have a wide range of impressive health benefits—from preventing heart disease to smoothing your skin and aiding weight loss to boosting your mood and minimizing the effects of arthritis. Although a pricey meal option, salmon is sure to boost your health during these gloomy winter months!
Edamame: Edamame beans may be small, but their packed full of essential nutrients. This premature soybean is best served steamed or boiled and sprinkled with a touch of salt just before serving. This superfood helps fight heart disease by slashing saturated fat intake, making it a healthy food option anytime of year!