This article is intended for customers from all countries other than Germany*
The weather outside may be turning frightful, but it’s the perfect time for enjoying delicious winter comfort foods that boost your immunity.
We love to eat when the weather turns cold, and it’s easy to reach for pre-packaged dishes and sugary snacks. In order to keep your immune system in top shape through the cold months, it’s important to get the right kinds of nutrients.
The following vitamins and minerals can help you stay healthy this winter:
- Vitamin A is a natural immune booster.
- Vitamin C boosts your immunity and helps shorten the length and severity of colds.
- Vitamin D is critical to your immune system, and while you can get it from sunlight, the shorter days of winter may mean you get less than you need to ward off illness.
- Zinc helps your body produce compounds to combat colds and flu.
- Curcumin has impressive antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation to give your immune system a boost.
- Foods with antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties also give your immune system a hand.
But how can you be sure you’re getting all of these healthy immune boosters in your diet? Read on! Below you’ll find 12 delicious winter comfort foods perfect for keeping you warm and packing a powerful immune boost.
When winter winds chill you to the bone, make a big batch of broth to use as a base for a variety of soups. Soup is one of the best immune-boosting winter foods to warm your body and help keep sickness at bay.
Beet And Fennel Soup With Kefir
This rich and aromatic soup has a gorgeous velvety colour and texture. Not only does it please the senses, the beets and fennel can help reduce inflammation from illnesses such as Lyme disease. In addition, beets are rich in vitamin C, and fennel contains zinc, both of which help to boost immunity. The kefir adds to the silky texture and offers the added benefit of probiotics for gut health.
Here are two other delicious ways to use beets for their amazing health benefits.
Immunity-Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup
As well as being one of the most popular winter comfort foods, chicken soup has a reputation for helping people to recover from a cold or the flu. But what if your chicken soup actually helped you avoid getting sick? With rich chicken bone broth to reduce inflammation, delicious vegetables packed with vitamins C and A, and the flavourful powerhouse of turmeric with its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, you’ll be eating this chicken soup all winter long.
Need another way to incorporate turmeric into your winter diet to help stave off illness? Try adding Hot Turmeric Milk to your menu of amazing, immune-boosting winter foods. This recipe can of course be made with organic, plant based alternatives to cut down on dairy!
Hearty stews are perfect winter comfort foods that boost immunity through rich proteins and filling complex carbohydrates. By choosing healthy ingredients, you can create nutritious and delicious winter immune boosters.
Bean, Kale and Egg Stew
The leaves may be gone from the trees, and the grass covered with snow, but you can bring leafy greens into your winter dining for delicious nutrient-packed additions to your diet. Vibrant green curly kale is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, plus nutrient-dense beans filled with proteins make this stew a delicious comfort food.
Want another way to incorporate leafy greens into your menu plan? Try this Delicious Immune Boosting Wellness Smoothie that features spinach, ginger and turmeric!
There’s no better way to start a winter day than with a bowl of steaming oatmeal or porridge, or a cup of delicious yoghurt. Including sweet berries and crunchy seeds will create a power-packed boost to your immune system.
The ultimate in morning winter comfort foods, protein-rich oatmeal can be a great gluten-free way to boost your immunity. Oatmeal is a versatile power breakfast, rich in antioxidants and shown to reduce inflammation. Add in fresh blueberries for vitamin C and to ramp up the antioxidant effect. Sprinkle on flax or chia seeds to add a nutty flavour and reduce inflammation.
Immune-Boosting Tropical Breakfast Bowl
If yoghurt is the way you begin your morning, rest assured you’ll love this breakfast bowl – and you’ll be getting a probiotic and immune boost as well. Top with fruit for vitamin C, and nuts for antioxidants.
Savoury side dishes and snacks
Winter comfort foods call for yummy side dishes, which offer up another easy way to add even more immune-boosting impact to your menus!
Shredded Brussels Sprout and Red Cabbage Salad With Walnuts and Pecorino
Don’t let the Brussels sprouts make you run the other way! These aren’t the childhood veggies sitting unloved on the side of your plate. The combination of raw sprouts and red cabbage boast a healthy dose of vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Tossed with walnuts and cheese, this dish makes a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Jerusalem Artichoke Hummus with Spiced Oil
Bring a taste of summer into your winter snacking with Jerusalem artichokes blended into a creamy hummus. These delicious sunchokes are a great source of nutrients and contain vitamin C and plenty of antioxidants. Enjoy this flavourful hummus on a cold winter day to brighten your spirits and boost your health.
The grand finale of many holiday celebrations is a serving of roasted chestnuts. You’ll be even more inclined to include them in your winter dining when you realise they’re a great source of protein and minerals that help brain function, especially to combat the brain fog commonly experienced by Lyme disease patients.
Mix and match these delicious winter comfort foods to create menus to last through the dark nights of winter and help you stay your healthiest. Your immune system will thank you!
*This article is intended for customers from all countries other than Germany which has specific requirements which can be found on our German website: www.makewell.de.