Well, winter is well and truly here! I don’t known about you but if I’m being honest here, I’m going to say that I don’t think I”m getting enough veg at the moment. As hard as I try I just don’t feel like it. I just feel like simple food, tomato, hummus and avocado on a rice cake seems to be my go to at the moment. Possibly with a couple of baby spinach leaves (token really). So how are you going with your greens? Getting your intake? I thought I would give a few tips and reminders on why increasing your greens intake over winter supports your health.
- Add a handful of baby spinach to any warm dish – just place it in the bottom of your bowl before serving your warm slow cooked meal, or your nourishing soup, or just add to your salad. Baby spinach gives you a good amount of iron, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Calcium to name a few, the benefits are endless. Spinach, whether it be frozen, baby or silverbeet needs to be your friend. It’ll help keep away those nasty germs this winter!
- Zucchini – you can grate/dice/chop it and add it to everything you make. I grate zucchini the same way you would grate cheese. It adds fibre, vitamin C, potassium and folate to your meal. It is a great vegetable for taking on the flavours. Personally I like it best roasted or in a ratatouille.
- The green beans taste amazing at the moment, my youngest is very happy to eat them raw. They are such a great addition to a slow cooked meal, or they are delicious cooked in a little bit of butter and a sprinkle of crushed roasted almonds on top, to serve as a side dish.
- Use broccoli, I normally just steam it, my kids love it. Most meals in my family at least have broccoli, if I haven’t got anything else. If your gut tolerates broccoli then make sure you have it regularly. It’s a fabulous source of Vitamin C and it has Calcium to enable the Vitamin C to be absorbed. It is also rich in Vitamin B’s.
So you can see that eating your greens, will definitely help keep those nasty winter chills away. When your next at your green grocer be sure to add more greens to your trolley or basket.
Have a great day.