Winter doesn't mean that you need to stop eating healthy, but there's nothing better than curling up with a comforting meal and getting warm from the inside out. With that in mind, I've put together some of my favourite winter recipes, packed full of anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep any pesky colds at bay while still delivering on taste and filling you up!
Cook buckwheat according to packed instructions, meanwhile prepare vegetables.
Add olive oil and onion to a medium saucepan on a low-medium heat. Sauté for 5 minutes until the onion softens. Add sausages, mushrooms, carrot, kale, tinned tomatoes and Cooked Buckwheat and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir through the parsley and lemon juice.
Omega-3 fatty acids not only have anti-inflammatory properties but they can also strengthen immunity by increasing the activity of the major immune cells. The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies), walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
We all need a classic go-to quiche recipe. And what's more classic than a Salmon + Dill Quiche?! There's a whole lotta good things in this recipe, with sour cream in the base offering a light, golden crumb.
If you're getting a bit tired of eggs, these nutrient-dense fritters are a flavoursome addition to your Sunday brunch!
Vitamin C is required by certain immune cells to perform their specific tasks efficiently and studies have also shown that Vitamin C can reduce the duration of the common cold in healthy people. Majority of the functions of Vitamin C are related to its properties as a powerful antioxidant. This means that it can fight against any naturally occurring free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, guava, tomatoes, potatoes, red and green peppers, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe. The Vitamin C content of food may be reduced by prolonged storage and by cooking or exposure to heat so it is best to include these food sources raw.
This easy hazel-nutty crust tastes great with the no-waste broccoli filling. We recommend cooking this one up on a Sunday and having as a no-brainer breakfast during the week.
Roasted haloumi stuffed broccoli? Yes, please! Serve as a side or add some chickpeas to the tray for a filling main.
80% of the immune system is in the gut. It is where our immune cells become familiar with pathogens to later be able to initiate an immune response if needed. The best foods for a healthy gut are vegetables, fruits, legumes, wholegrains, extra virgin olive oil, yoghurt, kefir, nuts, seeds and fish.
Fermented vegetables are a great way to keep your gut healthy and to aid digestion of meals. It also adds a great flavour to your dishes!
Chia seeds are a boon for gut health. Once they've been soaked in liquid, they expand and become slimy. This soothes your gut lining and provides a protective layer against bad bugs while your gut can repairs itself."
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