· Vitamin C is excellent at fighting against cold and flu. Keep up your intake of fruits and vegetables such as kiwi, grapefruit, oranges, kale, swiss chard, parsnips, red cabbages, radishes, spinach, sweet potato, winter squash and tomatoes.
· Our body naturally absorbs vitamin D in sunlight. However, this becomes compromised during winter. Try to consume foods such as eggs, oily fish, avocado, and dairy.
Local & Seasonal Produce
Not only is eating seasonal fruit and vegetable better for the environment, it is also better for your health. We are so fortunate to be living on the Mornington Peninsula with a plethora of farm gates offering locally, seasonally and sustainably grown fruit and vegetables.
Winter fruits: pears, apples, pomegranate, grapefruit, kiwis, oranges.
Winter veg: onions, garlic, shallots, scallions, squash, radishes, rhubarb, potatoes, peas, bok choy, kale, chard, spinach, carrots, parsnips.
Warming spices and hearty meals
There are plenty of reasons why spices and herbs as well as hearty meals such as casseroles, stews and soups have traditionally been used for centuries to keep us healthy during the cooler months. Include spices and herbs in your winter recipes because these act to warm your body, are anti-inflammatory and offer a wide range of antioxidants. Include turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, chilli, garlic, cumin, black pepper and cardamom.
Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)